The Access Group Grows Staff, Business Accounts

               The Access Group Grows Staff, Business Accounts

Government?Policy?Systems Division Recognized as One of the "Most Innovative
Divisions" in 2012 by PM360

PR Newswire

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., Dec. 21, 2012

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Access Group,
a leading health care communications network, announces the hiring of 18
employees across the firm's business entities in various roles from senior
management to administrative services. In addition, the Access Group announces
a number of new business account wins; this growth comes, in part, as a result
of the innovative work being accomplished by the firm's
Government│Policy│Systems (GPS) division, which was just recognized as one of
the "Most Innovative Divisions" in 2012 by the pharmaceutical and
biotechnology industry magazine PM360.

"This is a very exciting time for the Access Group, as our model, message, and
people continue to resonate with our clients and the industry," said Dave
Gagliano, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We have grown our client
manufacturing base nearly 25% moving into 2013, and although a number of these
are small additions today, they are ripe for substantial growth tomorrow.
Moreover, making investments in our intellectual capital to support that
growth has been very successful. The "Innovative" award from PM360 recognizes
the GPS group's critical resources, which have become an integral part of our
service delivery model provided to our clients today so they can succeed in
this challenging environment."

New Hires Fuel Growth By the Access Group Across All of Its Business Units
The following talented individuals have joined the Access Group or one of its
companies to support business practices across the firm.

The Access Group

  oDiana Angione, Medical Editor
  oSandy Buck, Group Copy Supervisor
  oJoy Gray, Senior Director, Human Resources
  oLaurie Harrington, Creative Director
  oAmy Knierim, Managing Editor
  oBindi Shah, Medical Director

Access Communications

  oAnindita Banerjee, Senior Account Executive
  oAndrew Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Business Development
  oSandra Jones, Account Supervisor
  oCristina Luciani, Account Executive
  oMary Lou Szekeres, Group Account Supervisor


  oAnne Koralova, Consultant


  oMichelle Caruso, Associate Director, Copy
  oChris Gordon, Director, Interactive
  oAngela Kabbes, Senior Vice President, Business Development
  oShirley Faulkner, Office Manager

Catalyst Medical Communications

  oChristopher Abtahi, Vice President, Business Development
  oNathan Micheli, Account Executive

New Business Partnerships Position 2013 Growth for the Access Group
The firm continues to build its client portfolio moving into 2013 through the
addition of numerous projects that were won by the firm's entities in 2012.

"Business development is the lifeline of the firm," said Gagliano. "As we
continue to advance the Access Group's vision of being the all-in-one partner
for brand strategy and consulting, marketing, selling solutions, medical
education, and professional promotion services by assisting our clients as
they shepherd their brands throughout their lifecycles, it is encouraging to
see our existing and new clients purchase these multidiscipline service
offerings from us." He then added, "It validates our model."

In 2012, the Access Group expanded its books of business to include new
account work for numerous clients; a partial list includes Anacor
Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc., Biogen Idec Inc.,
and Daiichi Sankyo.

GPS Recognized as Innovative Division in 2012 by PM360
The firm's GPS division rapidly became a recognized and awarded contributor to
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Recognition by leaders in health
care communication was awarded to GPS in the December 2012 issue of PM360, as
the group was distinguished as one of this year's "Most Innovative Divisions"
( "In some very innovative
ways, our GPS team has provided educational resources to our client partners
about the drastic changes that are occurring as a result of health care
reform," said Richard Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD, Chief Medical
Officer of the Access Group. "Our recent recognition speaks to our unique
approach and the relevance and importance of our work."

The GPS team provides clients with strategic guidance and actionable
recommendations related to key trends arising from changes in
government-funding and regulations, health care policy, and evolving care
delivery systems. One example is a feature article by the GPS team that
appeared in the November 2012 issue of PM360. "Reaching patients through their
unions" reviews insights about approaches that pharmaceutical companies can
take to partner with unions to relay health care information. To read the full
article, visit In
addition, the most recent insights from GPS on how coverage and reimbursement
will drive changes in care models and delivery systems in profound ways in
2013 in preparation for the dramatic shift that will occur in 2014 is now
available at

About the Access Group
The Access Group is the leading independent strategic health care
communications network composed of 8 distinct companies: Access Alliance,
Access Communications, Catalyst, Fusion Medical Communications, MedAccess,
Promidian, S3 – Strategic Selling Solutions, and StrataMed. The firm employs
more than 85 health care marketing specialists and senior leaders with
experience in management consulting, medical education, marketing
communications, managed markets, training, and brand promotion.

The Access Group is headquartered in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, with
offices in New York City, Chicago, and San Diego.To learn more about our
firm, please visit or contact Dave Gagliano, President and
CEO, at (908) 508-6712.

SOURCE The Access Group

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