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  • Cactus Life Sciences Appoints Oliver Dennis to the New Role of Chairman to Shape the Agency of the Future

    Published on April 19, 2024

       Cactus Life Sciences, a leading global scientific communications agency that works with blue chip pharma and biotechnology companies, announced today that Oliver Dennis has joined them as Chairman, to work alongside Co-founder, Anurag Goel.

    Cactus Life Sciences, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey was formed in 2010 and is best known for its transformational global operating models that provide best in class science, innovation, and efficiency. “We’re delighted to have someone with Oliver’s experience of growing businesses join the team,” said Anurag. “Cactus Life Sciences is about to undertake an exciting buy and build strategy. And Oliver is the perfect addition with his deep history in healthcare communications having founded Fishawack Health® (now Avalere®).”

    During Oliver’s tenure at Fishawack, he acquired 17 businesses over 13 years including medical communications and branding agencies, as well as strategic healthcare consultancies and market access and HEOR advisory firms. He led 4 management buy outs to take the business from a start-up to over 1400 people across 22 offices, spanning San Diego to Singapore. Oliver will specifically help shape the future vision for Cactus Life Sciences as the healthcare communications agency partner of the future (strategic, agile, tech-enabled, and outcomes focused) to take on traditional agencies which have lost agility and identity in the pursuit of maximizing profit. He will play an active role in driving the inorganic growth strategy for the business, while pursuing his passion for bringing people together from different businesses and disciplines to collaborate on better outcomes for clients, patients, and our people.

    “I’ve been following Cactus over the last 10 years and they’re a great organization. I’m excited to be joining them. They’ve grown consistently and they have the ambition to become the next generation challenger brand to the traditional players in the market,” said Oliver. “This is an opportunity to do something with a greater focus on solving client challenges, improving health outcomes, and nurturing our people.”

    “Too many companies get to a size where they lose their sense of purpose, values, and forget about individuality. As we work toward transforming Cactus Life Sciences into an agency of the future, we want to ensure that we do so while ensuring that patients and our people are at the core of everything we do,” said Elvira D’souza, President of Cactus Life Sciences.

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