02nd December 2015

the missiontm Agency, Solaris acquires echogroup

The Mission Marketing Group plc (the missiontm), the marketing communications and advertising Group, announced today that its healthcare Agency, Solaris, has acquired echogroup.

echogroup was founded in 2008 by Mike Dixon and Marian Byrt as a healthcare Agency delivering integrated communication solutions to the pharmaceutical, devices and consumer health industries, as well as health charities.  It has seen successful growth since, with 10 members of staff working with blue chip Clients including Bayer, Genzyme, GSK Consumer Health, Hospira and Ipsen.

Solaris already offers a wide range of services including medical communications, and strategic consultancy services, with a Client base including GSK, Roche, Chugai, Ipsen, Ferring and Almirall.

Mike Dixon, Director at echogroup, outlined the future as part of Solaris: “We are delighted to be joining Solaris and the wider missiontm Group.  The combined team will continue to provide the experience, knowledge and passion they have consistently delivered for Clients, both in the UK and globally. The synergy from joint resources and expertise will further consolidate the position of Solaris as a major force within the healthcare communications industry.”

Giles Lee, Executive Director at the missiontm, said: “Uniting these two businesses will ensure existing and prospective Clients receive the best choice and service to help them with the challenges they face in the healthcare industry. We are very pleased that they are now part of the missiontm family.

Solaris is part of The Mission Marketing Group plc (the missiontm), the marketing communications and advertising Group including April Six, Bray Leino, bigdog, Chapter, Mongoose, Proof, RLA, Robson Brown, Speed, Splash, Story and ThinkBDW.