Leeds healthcare business acquired by Tokyo headquartered M3

Dave Sewards

Specialist healthcare business ONEHealth Communications, which has its head office in Leeds, has been acquired by Tokyo headquartered  global healthcare company M3 Medical Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 2009 and with offices in London, ONEHealth Communications is a data-driven healthcare communications agency which delivers media and content services to one of the largest UK healthcare professional (HCPs) communities of more than 150,000 people via GDPR compliant marketing channels.

Through highly specific targeting, partners can deliver the right message to the right person at the right time across primary care, secondary care and commissioning audiences. This is complemented by ONEHealth Communications’ extensive experience with healthcare media planning as well as creating client content to drive engagement, allowing the agency to provide a full range of services for its clients.

Led by MD Veronique Cotrel, Dave Hoey, Julie Bartlett and Andrew Davis, ONEHealth will continue to operate as an independent brand within the M3 Group.

With offices across China, the US, the UK, Korea and India, M3 delivers healthcare related information to over 6m physician members globally across its media channel platforms, including Doctors.net in the UK. Combining with ONEHealth’s reach across nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare stakeholders is highly complementary and will allow M3 to take advantage of ONEHealth’s healthcare content generation and media planning capabilities, providing end-to-end solutions to M3’s clients.

ONEHealth’s advisers included Jonathan Simms and Sarah Harrison of Leeds law firm Clarion; Amanda Waterhouse of BHP Chartered Accountants who advised on tax; and Tony Walford, partner at corporate finance and advisory practice Green Square in London.

David Sewards, chair of ONEHealth, said: “We bought what evolved into ONEHealth following the recession at the turn of the decade, recognising the robust nature of the pharma/healthcare sector. After several acquisitions during that period, including purchasing the data4NHS database, we grew the company into a highly profitable, innovative business.

“As shareholders, we felt the next stage of the company’s development required it to join a multinational player in the sector and we’re delighted that M3 saw the value in what we had created. We think it’s the perfect fit for the incredible ONEHealth team and we wish them well with their exciting next chapter.”

Sarah Harrison of Clarion said: “Over the last 10 years or so, Clarion has worked closely with Dave and with the businesses that he has invested in and grown. For a Leeds-headquartered enterprise to be acquired by a global healthcare company is a real achievement and we’re proud to have been part of ONEHealth’s growth journey.”

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