NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PM360, a leading health marketing industry trade magazine, recognized the best innovators in the pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, and biotech industries with their 11th annual Trailblazer Awards Gala on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The honors, bestowed at a gala banquet at Gotham Hall in Manhattan, are given to outstanding companies, marketers, brand managers, and cutting-edge initiatives. New this year, PM360 also awarded the first-ever Imagination Award, sponsored by Greater Than One, to Jamie Castle, President, OBAGI.
"We added the Imagination Award to recognize those who were willing to step beyond conventional industry norms, imagined and then manifested a radical idea that required others in the industry to evolve or be left behind," says Anna Stashower, CEO and Publisher of PM360. "When OBAGI's former parent company was looking to sell it, Jamie Castle imagined a new and better future. She helped to divest the company and it began to thrive on its own, after refocusing OBAGI on new product development, increasing female leadership to nearly 80%, and pushing for more diversity and inclusion through initiatives like the Obagi SKINCLUSION."
Including the new Imagination Award, PM360 handed out trophies to 51 total winners in its categories for Company of the Year, Marketer of the Year, Marketing Team of the Year, Vanguard Award, Lifetime Achievement, Brand Champions, and Initiatives. And on hand to keep the attendees at Gotham Hall laughing and entertained during the awards ceremony was Emmy-award winning actress, comedian, and writer Judy Gold once again served as the emcee of the evening.
The entries are judged and winners selected by the PM360 Editorial Advisory Board, a cross section of experts from across the industry. As judges, they are asked to evaluate the following criteria for each category: Company of Year (innovation, talent development, and social responsibility); Brand Champions (innovation, leadership, communication, analytical, and organizational skills); Initiatives (content, format, success in reaching targeted audience, and overall quality); Marketer of the Year (the individual who best exemplifies the most insightful, forward-thinking, and transformative marketing ideas, and actions in the industry); Marketing Team (the team who best exemplifies those same qualities); Vanguard Award (an industry pioneer who developed a new service, strategy, product, or technology that had the most impact on the industry); and Lifetime Achievement (an industry veteran who has transformed the business through leadership, wide-ranging influence, and original contributions.)
This year's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner was Brenda Snow, Founder & CEO, Snow Companies. Even though the term "patient centricity" may be uttered throughout the industry today on a regular basis, it was truly Brenda who helped to start this movement nearly 18 years ago. Today, her agency works with 75 companies representing 150 health conditions across the globe, utilizing signature patient-centric storytelling techniques to position clients as leaders in patient engagement.
"Brenda pioneered patient engagement long before the industry started talking about patient centricity," says Anna Stashower, CEO and Publisher of PM360. "Throughout her career she has worked to get industry marketers to rethink how to communicate with—not to—patients. She helps clients to adopt her agency's signature patient-centric storytelling techniques and Patient Ambassadors to ensure the industry is connecting with patients in an authentic way."
Some of the night's other big winners included GSK as this year's Pharmaceutical or Biotech Company of the Year Gold Winner, while Boehringer Ingelheim took home Silver in the same category. The Medical Device/Diagnostics Company of the Year Gold Winner was Edwards Lifesciences, and Mission Bio was named the Silver Winner. Additionally, AMAG Pharmaceuticals was named the Specialty Pharma Company of the Year with Sage Therapeutics being named the Silver Winner in the category.
PM360 will publish profiles of this year's Trailblazer winners in its October issue.
This year's PM360 Trailblazer winners include:
PM360's LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT Brenda Snow, Founder & CEO, Snow Companies
IMAGINATION AWARD Jamie Castle, President, OBAGI
VANGUARD AWARD Ahnal Purohit, PhD, CEO, Purohit Navigation
MARKETER OF THE YEAR Debra Hagan, Director, CNS Marketing, Allergan
MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR - Silver Winner Paragard Marketing Team (CooperSurgical, Inc., Agency Partners: Condé Nast and RXMOSAIC)
MARKETING TEAM OF THE YEAR - Gold Winner Payor Marketing and Health Plan Account Leads (Boehringer Ingelheim, Agency Partner: The Kinetix Group)
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: PHARMACEUTICAL/BIOTECH – Silver Winner Boehringer Ingelheim
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: PHARMACEUTICAL/BIOTECH – Gold Winner GSK
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: MEDICAL DEVICE/DIAGNOSTICS – Silver Winner Mission Bio
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: MEDICAL DEVICE/DIAGNOSTICS – Gold Winner Edwards Lifesciences
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: SPECIALTY PHARMA/BIOTECH – Silver Winner Sage Therapeutics
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: SPECIALTY PHARMA/BIOTECH – Gold Winner AMAG Pharmaceuticals
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: ADVERTISING AGENCY – Silver Winner Concentric Health Experience
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: ADVERTISING AGENCY – Gold Winner Calcium
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: SUPPLIER/VENDOR – Silver Winner Crossix
COMPANY OF THE YEAR: SUPPLIER/VENDOR – Gold Winner Health Monitor Network
BRAND CHAMPION AWARD WINNERS
Autoimmune: Jennifer Liao, Senior Marketing Manager, Amgen
PROFESSIONAL CAMPAIGN "Same Will, New Way" (Novo Nordisk, Concentric Health Experience)
PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE/ONLINE INITIATIVE Leave No Mom Behind (Sage Therapeutics, Concentric Health Experience)
SALES AID SPIRIVA VR MOA Sales Aid (Boehringer Inhgelheim, Confideo Labs)
SELF-PROMOTION Welcome to the Jungle (Elevate Healthcare)
SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN Unfriend Chronic Migraine (Allergan, AbelsonTaylor)
UNBRANDED CAMPAIGN VERSED on HPV (Merck, Klick Health)
VIDEO/TV CAMPAIGN A Beautiful Pair (Regeneron, Intouch Solutions)
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