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College Hill Expands in the U.S.

College Hill Expands in the U.S.

International business communications consultancy opens San Francisco office
Provides corporate, marketing, financial and healthcare communications expertise

9th January 2009, San Francisco and London: College Hill, an international business communications consultancy headquartered in London, announces the opening of an office in San Francisco. The new office will have a strong focus on the life sciences sector, providing a U.S. service both for College Hill’s international life sciences clients as well as expanding its U.S. client base.

College Hill has appointed experienced healthcare PR professional Erik Clausen as partner and general manager of the new office. Erik spent the past decade as a prominent member of the Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Diagnostics practice groups at Schwartz Communications in Boston and San Francisco. Most recently, he led the agency’s West Coast healthcare group in its San Francisco office.

College Hill’s life sciences team has expertise in communications support in antibodies, immunotherapeutics, vaccines, stem cell research, medical devices, personalized medicines and diagnostics, among other areas. The team includes a number of consultants with relevant PhD level experience of the industry, which combined with senior PR practitioners and writers, provides a formidable resource to companies in the sector.

Erik Clausen comments "We are enthusiastic about bringing College Hill’s unique blend of results-oriented communications services and strong sector focus to our growing number of clients in the U.S. Our truly global team of experts employs strategic communications as a business tool to help our clients worldwide to achieve their corporate and marketing objectives. We know how to overcome the challenges of communicating often complex messages to diverse audiences to drive value creation and business success for life science companies."

Sue Charles, Managing Partner, Life Sciences at College Hill said "Within the Life Sciences sector we have established a strong reputation globally and the opening of an office in the U.S. will enable us to enhance further our services to existing clients as well as to increase our U.S. client base."

College Hill already provides communications counsel to a number of U.S. based life science companies including, for example, Abraxis BioScience, Cyclacel, Illumina and NextGen Sciences as well as to global companies such as GE Healthcare.

College Hill Chairman Alex Sandberg and Group CEO Richard Nichols commented "We continue to strengthen our sector teams and extend our geographic service to clients. California is home to a large number of exciting, dynamic life sciences companies and we are lucky to have Erik lead our offer to them."

College Hill also has an office in New York, through its Stockheim Media subsidiary.


For further information:
Sue Charles, Managing Partner
UK: +44 (0)20 7457 2020/ +44 (0)7968 726 585
Australia: +61 (0)457 196 222

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Sue CharlesManaging Partner