Porterhouse Medical Group is delighted to announce the launch of Porterhouse Insights, a global strategic research, insight and evidence consultancy, offering nimble and agile solutions to global biopharmaceutical companies. It will be led by Fabrice Allum, an experienced insight professional.
In conversation with Jon Hallows (JH; Joint Managing Director of Porterhouse Medical Group) and Fabrice Allum (FA; Managing Director of Porterhouse Insights):
Q: So why Porterhouse Insights?
JH: Since Brian and I set up Porterhouse Medical in 2002, we have always looked at how best to meet the evolving needs of our clients by developing our services to meet those needs. Offering insight was an area that we felt would be of great benefit to them.
FA: I’ve worked in the global strategic market research space in a variety of pharma agencies over the last 20 years or so, and my experience of these different environments has led me to conclude that nimble agencies are best placed to meet the changing insight needs of clients. Adding my expertise to the award-winning work that Porterhouse Medical has been doing with clients felt like a great fit.
Q: How can you better meet the needs of clients?
FA: Pharma is at a crossroads as companies look to evolve their business models. Cross-functional working that involves genuine collaboration needs to become the norm in order to maximise knowledge sharing and efficiencies; agencies that reflect this shift will be better able to support clients in this evolution.
JH: Agencies that can identify challenges and provide tangible solutions to clients in a nimble and agile manner will be the agencies of the future. At Porterhouse Medical, we believe we can offer smarter medical communications by leveraging these research and insight services, as well as providing focused strategies through Porterhouse Insights as a stand-alone practice in its own right, with collaboration at the heart of what we do internally and externally.
Q: And on a personal level?
JH: We are always looking to work with talented individuals; the team we have grown reflects our values to hire and develop the best people. From the very beginning, the conversations Fabrice and I had clearly converged in terms of our values and what we might be able to do together for our pharma clients.
FA: My career has taken me to a variety of senior roles and agency environments. Recent reflections on what I enjoyed most during that journey led me to the conclusion that I needed to get back to addressing challenges for clients through the application of nimble and agile research. I realised that I thrive on building teams and collaborating with clients on generating actionable insights; at Porterhouse Insights, we are passionate about doing just that.
Q: And what did you want to be as a child?
JH: I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid and then a policeman, and who knows, maybe one day I could be the first member of an elite space police squad!
FA: I actually wanted to be an oceanographer, inspired by the films of Jacques Cousteau (I even went as far as studying marine chemistry for my degree at the University of Liverpool), before deciding that laboratory work was not for me
About Porterhouse Insights Ltd
Porterhouse Insights is a global strategic research, insight and evidence consultancy for global biopharmaceutical companies.
Areas of expertise include:
• Identifying unmet needs • Market understanding • Opportunity assessments • Attribute prioritisation • Scenario planning • Demand estimation • Patient journey mapping • Positioning • Pricing • Payor insights •
About Porterhouse Medical Group (Est. 2002)
Porterhouse Medical Group is a scientific and medical communications network with a reputation for excellence. Our in-house teams of carefully selected scientific staff, account managers, events and creatives work hard to deliver imaginative and intelligent communication solutions for a growing number of global pharmaceutical partners based in Europe and the US.
We have cultivated a unique mix of scientific expertise, creativity and industry knowledge to ensure that our scientific and medical communications stand out from the rest. This, combined with truly outstanding client service, allows us to continually exceed the expectations of our clients. And of course, our work is underpinned by the research of our agile Insights team, which is generating actionable insights for our clients across the product lifecycle. It all contributes to our vision of ‘smarter’ medical communications, with outstanding tactical delivery against crystal-clear strategies.
Our services include:
• Medical writing • Publication planning • Insights • Creative • Events • Strategy • Health economics • Market access •
Porterhouse Medical Ltd
Contact: Jane Rodgers
Tel: +44 118 913 9100
4 Windsor Square, Silver Street, Reading RG1 2TH, UK
Porterhouse Insights Ltd
Contact: Fabrice Allum
Tel: +44 795 697 4648
4 Windsor Square, Silver Street, Reading RG1 2TH, UK
In honour of World Hemophilia Day, we are considering the importance of sharing knowledge. Before delving into this topic, it is important to understand what haemophilia is and the impact it has on those suffering from it. Haemophilia is a genetic disorder that prevents blood from clotting. It is a predominantly male disorder, with haemophilia A occurring in 1 in 5,000 live male births. Although the exact numbers are not known, it is estimated that more than 400,000 people are suffering worldwide. Untreated, haemophilia can be extremely debilitating, making everyday activities that you and I do without a second thought very dangerous. Something as simple as falling over could cause a serious joint bleed and permanent damage.
The Porterhouse Medical Group is delighted to announce another promotion within our scientific services team. In recognition of an excellent start to her career with our scientific and medical communications agency, Rosemary has been promoted to the position of medical writer after just 6 months.
On the last day of February each year, countries worldwide take part in Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of a diverse group of disorders that affect fewer than 1 in 2,000 people in Europe or fewer than 200,000 people in the USA.
The Rare Disease Day campaign aims to combat these issues by raising awareness among the public, healthcare professionals, researchers, industry, and policy decision-makers.
Each year, Porterhouse Medical chooses a local charity to support as a key part of our mission to improve people's lives. In 2017, we partnered up with SportsAble, an organisation that supports people with disabilities through sports and social activities (www.sportsable.co.uk). We raised a total of £2,544 through numerous events, such as a team-building day at the centre run by SportsAble in Maidenhead, and the SportsAble Static Wheelchair Push Challenge at our offices in Reading. This year, we are proud to announce that we will be raising funds for another admirable local charity: The Willows Support Group.
Every year on 4 February the global population unites for World Cancer Day, with the aim of highlighting that millions of potentially avoidable deaths occur each year as a result of cancer. More than a third of cases could be prevented by adopting healthier behaviours; therefore, World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread this message and raise the profile of cancer within the global media.
The Porterhouse Medical Group is a proud sponsor of the 17th Annual International Publication Planning Meeting (San Diego, February 5-6), Strategies to Improve Operations and Compliance in Medical Communications
As part of the Porterhouse Medical Group's mission to help improve people's lives, we use our communications expertise to raise awareness of diseases, and participate in many fund-raising activities for charity. We also adopt a local charity to fundraise for each year. Last year, we had an enjoyable and often energetic time supporting SportsAble.
We are delighted to announce that Nina Bull has been named the Porterhouse Entrepreneur of the Year 2017, with the overall best entry in the Porterhouse Entrepreneur Award competition last year.
Porterhouse Medical Group is delighted to announce the launch of Porterhouse Insights, a global strategic research, insight and evidence consultancy, offering offer nimble and agile solutions to global biopharmaceutical companies. It will be led by Fabrice Allum, an experienced insight professional.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do with our partners to help improve people’s lives, which includes using our communications expertise to help raise awareness of disease symptoms as well as regular donations to charity.
We are delighted to announce that Emma has been promoted. Not only was Emma the winner of our 2016 Entrepreneur Award Program, but she has also been the lead writer on many key projects and has shown that she is dedicated to meeting the needs of her clients.
UK-based Porterhouse Medical Ltd is delighted to announce the opening of a subsidiary in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The new entity, Porterhouse Medical US, is to be headed by two experienced medical communications professionals, with a long track record of leading successful businesses in the US.
Porterhouse Medical celebrates the great news of a double promotion in their creative team, as Mat and Dan have been promoted to middleweight designers with immediate effect.
Porterhouse Medical is delighted to welcome Talent Manager Jan Coetzee to the team to manage and lead the recruitment and personnel development requirements of our international scientific and med comms agency.
One in five people in the workplace will experience a mental health condition, causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year. Managing mental health conditions (such as stress, anxiety, depression and obsessive–compulsive disorder) remains a challenge, despite the recent efforts of many companies to implement policies to support a healthy workforce.
As Porterhouse Medical celebrates its 15 year anniversary, joint MD and founder, Brian Parsons reflects on the changes to the medical communications industry over the past decade and a half.
The Porterhouse team made us proud by wearing jeans to change lives and baking a variety of blue cakes and cookies for Jeans for Genes Day last Friday. Thank you to Alice for organising the day and to all those who got involved!
I love working for Porterhouse Medical and enjoy working with our talented and highly qualified team of account and event managers, medical writers and designers. Together, we work hard to deliver intelligent, scientific and medical communications that are second to none and that we are proud to have produced.
Every 28 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with lymphoma. Lymphoma is a form of blood cancer that occurs when certain cells in the blood, known as lymphocytes, divide and grow in an out-of-control manner and cease to function effectively. As a result, the body is unable to fight off infection or other forms of cancer. However, lymphoma is treatable, and early diagnosis is important for ensuring that patients receive treatment in a timely manner.
The 2017 Women in Business Awards shortlist (http://womeninbusiness.biz/wib-awards-2017/) – released yesterday – includes an impressive three ‘finalist’ nominations for Porterhouse Medical across three award categories. Senior Medical Writers Lisa Gallacher and Gillian Hancey have been nominated for individual awards, with the company also being nominated for an employer award.
Porterhouse Medical is 15 years old next month and plans to celebrate delivering on its mission – “Developing a shared vision with our partners to deliver programmes to improve people’s lives” – for a decade and a half.
Last week the mighty Porterhouse Power Athletes took on the new challenge of static wheelchair racing to fundraise for our local charity partners, SportsAble.
2017 has been a busy year for Porterhouse Medical so far, with a full calendar of advisory board meetings, steering committee meetings, stand-alone meetings, international congresses and symposia.
Porterhouse Medical, winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, was delighted to welcome Rob Wilson MP to open our new office in Windsor Square this month.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do with our partners to help improve people’s lives; which includes using our medical and scientific communications expertise to help raise awareness of disease symptoms and encourage support for relevant charities.
Promising news for patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) was reported at the 13th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases in Vienna earlier this month. PRX002/RG7935, currently in Phase 1b clinical trials, has been identified as having an acceptable safety profile and is expected to go into phase 2 clinical trials in the next few months.
Porterhouse Medical prides itself on being a company that works together as a family, with humour and happiness instilled in all that we do.
We are delighted to announce that Richard has been promoted to the role of Creative Services Manager.
To help raise awareness and mark the 10th Annual Rare Disease Day, here we describe five interesting facts about rare diseases.
Here, we look at the past to reveal some surprising perceptions about risk factors that are now widely known to be associated with cancer. We also consider how our awareness of risk factors has moved on, so much so that we may have gone too far in the opposite direction…
In order to leverage the wealth of experience that Porterhouse Medical has gathered over the many years of working in a huge range of oncology disease and therapy areas, we have created a new internal department, known as ‘ONCOR’, to focus predominantly on oncology.
As part of our mission to help improve people’s lives, Porterhouse adopts a local charity to fundraise for each year. For 2017, we are very happy to announce that the charity we will be supporting is SportsAble.
At Porterhouse, we’ve worked really hard over the past 18 months to integrate the company values into everything we do. These values – which emphasise pride, passion, ambition, family and humour in our work and daily lives – are reflected in our approach to the recruitment, training and well-being of our in-house teams of medical writers, account managers, event planners, designers and programmers.
2016 was an amazing year for Porterhouse. In addition to recording a record turnover and profit for our year ending September 2016, we also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 (international trade) and received Investors in People accreditation at the silver level at our first attempt. We were also highly commended in two other business awards.
It has been a pleasure working for Porterhouse over the past 10 years. In that time the company has grown at a rapid pace into the vibrant force that it is today, while still retaining the nurturing family feel that it has always had under Jon and Brian’s leadership. No mean feat in the world of med comms! I have been fortunate to work with some inspiring colleagues over the years, and it is always rewarding to see how quickly new members of the team settle in and develop their skills and confidence.
The team at Porterhouse Medical is proud to have been given the ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Thames Valley Business Magazine’s 2016 Awards Ceremony last week, in the SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) category.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do with our partners to help improve people’s lives; which includes using our communications expertise to help raise awareness of disease symptoms and regular donations to charity.
At Porterhouse Medical, we are passionate about the work we do to help improve people’s lives. We are also passionate about doing our bit for charity, so in early 2016 we launched a special fundraising initiative: to adopt a local charity for which we will fundraise throughout the year. This year, we are proud to be supporting the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service (http://www.alexanderdevine.org/).
As a proud provider of outstanding career progression and development opportunities, Porterhouse Medical is once again celebrating staff achievements with two promotions in the editorial team.
Rob Pilbrow, one of Porterhouse’s veteran members of staff, enjoyed a double celebration this month after being promoted to the role of Group Director, Editorial Services, and winning the accolade of ‘Role Model’ in the Champion of Change category at the Women in Business Awards 2016!
Always keen to do our bit for charity, today Porterhouse will be supporting Jeans for Genes Day. Rare genetic disorders are a key area of focus for the Porterhouse team, and we are glad to be able to raise money to support patients with genetic disorders and their families.
As a reward for all our hard work, the team at Porterhouse enjoyed a glamorous day of horse racing in Newbury on last Friday, despite heavy rain flash flooding hitting the town on Thursday night and causing flash flooding in the town centre.
Hot topics at the 16th EURetina Congress include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and imaging.
We are delighted to announce that our Editorial Services Director, Rob, has been selected as a finalist in the Women in Business Awards 2016, in the category ‘Champion of Change’.
2016 has been a busy year for office refurbishments, which have included some major upgrades to our meeting rooms and kitchen area. We now have three super-smart meeting rooms, a cute little meeting “pod”, and loads more space to enjoy our lunches thanks to the addition of some lovely bright benches. This month it was all topped off with the unveiling of our stunning new office artwork.
The directors of Porterhouse Medical, Jon and Brian, attended the reception for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 14 July 2016.
On Wednesday 6 July 2016, Porterhouse staff were delighted to receive a visit from Mr James Puxley, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Berkshire, who presented proud company directors Brian Parsons and Jon Hallows with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Porterhouse received this award on the Queen’s birthday in recognition of our international work, which earned us over £2 million in 2015.
We are delighted to announce that we have received Investors in People (IIP) accreditation at the Silver level. IIP accreditation is an internationally recognised and rigorously assessed performance framework that demonstrates a company’s commitment to staff training and development. Organisations that meet the world-recognised IIP Standard reflect the very best in people management excellence.
Like everyone who works in medical communications, I am passionate about medical science. But unlike a lot of people, I am also fascinated with the human skeleton and what you can learn about a deceased person just from looking at their bones.
Wednesday 8 June was the fifth annual MedComms Day, an opportunity for med comms professionals across the globe to share their experiences of life in our fantastic industry.
Something was different at the office yesterday – everyone looked smart and all the desks were tidy! Work has begun on the production of our new video.
We are delighted and proud to announce that Porterhouse Medical has been recognized with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2016 – the UK’s highest accolade for outstanding achievement in business.
We are delighted to announce that Alison Washer, our Operations Director, has been shortlisted for the Investors in People’s People’s Manager of the Year award.
Late last year I finally achieved a fantastic goal: my very first first-author paper. This wasn’t exactly as it sounds, as although I am a senior medical writer at Porterhouse, the article was largely written by my PhD supervisor from 13 years ago, Dr Tracey Bradshaw.
As part of a number of exciting changes taking place at Porterhouse Medical, we have decided, for the first time ever, to adopt a company charity and fundraise for it over the course of the year!
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