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WA Health, the specialist healthcare arm of WA Communications, has been appointed by leading global science and technology company, Merck, to support its UK corporate affairs operations, as well as its neurology and immunology and oncology franchises in its Biopharma division.

WA Health will be working on the three accounts as Merck in the UK looks significantly to raise its corporate profile across its three key divisions of Healthcare, consisting of Biopharma and Consumer Health, Life Science and Performance Materials.

Merck already has a large footprint in the UK and is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. WA Health’s corporate work will involve working with Merck in 2017 and beyond to harness the power of its ideas and products so it becomes a constructive and innovative partner to Government, regulators and stakeholders.

WA Health’s work with Merck in neurology and immunology and oncology will involve raising the profile of these therapy areas, and Merck’s work in them, with key stakeholders.

Jenny Ousbey, Head of WA Health said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with Merck to raise their profile at such a crucial time in UK politics and healthcare. We will be promoting Merck’s role in the UK’s life sciences, R&D, manufacturing and healthcare sectors through a series of activities and engagement – aimed at highlighting the company’s incredible heritage, diversity and innovation.  

Munira Wilson, Corporate Affairs Director at Merck said: “We are delighted to have the WA team on-board. WA are helping us to ensure we are talking to the right people and forging partnerships that enable us to tell the full Merck UK story to new and existing audiences.”