WASHINGTON, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spectrum Science Communications, a leading independent health and science public relations agency, has named Larry Thompson, Senior Vice President, Media. In this role, Thompson will leverage his experiences as both a journeyman reporter in print and broadcast, and a health and policy communicator to enhance the Spectrum science and storytelling approach across the company's practice areas.
The breadth of Thompson's experience is notable and unparalleled. Thompson co-founded The Washington Post's Health section and served as the section's science editor. Following his time at The Washington Post, he worked as a broadcast correspondent for Medical News Network and then served as a science policy analyst at the US Food and Drug Administration, and Communications Chief of the Genome Institute at the US National Institutes of Health. Most recently, he served as Senior Director of Communications at Johnson & Johnson's Office of the Chief Medical Officer.
"Now more than ever, healthcare communications agencies are called upon to offer integrated, interdisciplinary teams to meet clients' expanding needs," said Jonathan Wilson, Spectrum President and CEO. "Larry is a natural fit with Spectrum's health and science communicators, complementing the work of our PhDs, content developers and creative talent."
Thompson's collective experience brings a rare understanding of private industry, public policy and media engagement to support the Spectrum roster of clients across the healthcare space. He reports to Mary Conway, Executive Vice President, Media Strategy, and is based in Spectrum's Washington, DC headquarters.
"Larry hasn't just been part of the healthcare media landscape, he helped shape it," said Conway. "With that comes an insider's perspective and long standing relationships that could only be formed from being on the front lines. Larry will be a key resource in helping our clients develop strategies that make a true public impact and in shaping stories that people talk about."
Thompson has a BS in Biology, an MS in Molecular Biology and an MFA in Film and Digital Media. He was also the first recipient of the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust Fellowship in Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine.
Spectrum is a leading independent health and science public relations agency, committed to achieving the goals of clients across 5 key practice areas: biopharma, biotechnology, public affairs, health technology and consumer science. A full-service agency, Spectrum adopts an insight-driven approach in creating strategic frameworks for clients, supported by marketing communications, advocacy relations, digital communications and design services. Spectrum offers global reach as the US partner and chair of GLOBALHealthPR. For more information, visit www.spectrumscience.com or follow @Spectrumscience on Twitter.
Founded in 2001, GLOBALHealthPR is the largest independent public relations network dedicated exclusively to health and medical communications worldwide. Many of the leading pharmaceutical companies, biotech and non-commercial healthcare organizations in the world trust GLOBALHealthPR with some of their most important products and critical issues. GLOBALHealthPR is represented by 18 partner agencies with reach into 42 countries. The organization is headquartered in New York. For more information, visit www.globalhealthpr.com, and follow @GLOBALHealthPR.
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