OPEN Health acquires Spirit

Written by Candice Subero on Wednesday 4th August 2021

Joining forces to further strengthen global scientific communications capabilities

August 4, 2021, London, UK – OPEN Health has today announced the acquisition of North West UK–based medical communications agency Spirit. Integrating the Spirit business with the OPEN Health Group further strengthens our ability to offer our global Medical Affairs audiences a broad range of services, including high-quality scientific communications.

In terms of scale, the acquisition means that OPEN Health now consists of >850 people in 15 locations across 6 different countries, namely the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, India, and China.

Iona Fleming, Managing Director of Spirit, said, "Over the past 15 years, we have proudly grown Spirit to an 80-person Medical Affairs agency – delivering a broad range of scientific communications globally. In joining OPEN Health, we are significantly expanding our geographical reach and will be able to provide a wider range of integrated services to our Medical Affairs and HEOR clients. We very much look forward to working with the OPEN Health management and Amulet teams to contribute to the long-term growth of OPEN Health.”

Rob Barker, Chief Executive Officer at OPEN Health, commented, “We are delighted to welcome Spirit into the OPEN Health family. This strategic acquisition will enhance our global Medical Affairs resources, further supporting our unique offerings and opportunities for innovation to support industry change and growth.”

The merger enhances OPEN Health’s positioning – deep, broad, and united:

  • Deep in that the acquisition will deepen our scientific knowledge and expertise and expand the global understanding our teams have to ensure we can deliver innovative, market-leading solutions to our clients
  • Broad in terms of the ability to offer our HEOR and Medical Affairs clients a truly comprehensive breadth of expertise across many Centers of Excellence, with the goal of identifying and addressing evidence gaps and delivering world-class communications in a wide range of media
  • United as one flexible organization, with a highly skilled and diverse teams working together across the globe to harness the power of the collective to solve complex challenges and deliver truly innovative and best-in-class solutions to our clients. The values that OPEN Health and Spirit share around collaboration and intellectual curiosity underpin the integration of our businesses

OPEN Health is a portfolio company of Amulet Capital Partners LP, a US-based private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare sector.


Sandy Royden, COO, OPEN Health
Tel: +44 7837 945243

Candice Subero, Global Marketing Lead
Tel: +1 240.483.4323

About OPEN Health:

OPEN Health brings together deep scientific knowledge, global understanding, and broad specialist expertise to support our clients in improving health outcomes and patient wellbeing.

We are united as one flexible organization, harnessing the power of the collective to solve complex challenges. Being built from cohesive partnerships such as those formed through the integration of Peloton and Pharmerit in December 2018 and November 2019, respectively, allows us to approach opportunities from fresh perspectives, creating solutions and innovations for market access and medical communications informed by the experience and knowledge of the many.

Our global team of experts—many with PhD and PharmD degrees—work strategically alongside our client partners in medical affairs, HEOR, market access, and commercial activities across a wide range of therapy areas.

OPEN Health – Established as many. United as one.

About Spirit Medical Communications Group Limited:

Spirit finds the soul in the science, the humanity in the data, harnessing the power of creativity to ensure that science is really heard.

Established in 2006, we remain true to our founding principle of going beyond to provide an exceptional client experience. We bring together the perfect complement of skillsets to truly understand and address any communication challenge, applying a fresh perspective and tailored approach to deliver scientific communications capable of changing lives.

Our experienced, passionate teams’ partner with a diverse range of Medical Affairs and HEOR clients across multiple therapy areas globally.

For further information on Spirit, please visit their website.