Chandler Chicco acquired DC-based public affairs shop

WASHINGTON: Healthcare agency Chandler Chicco has acquired Ignition Strategic Communications, a public affairs and advocacy shop.

WASHINGTON: Healthcare agency Chandler Chicco has acquired Ignition Strategic Communications, a public affairs and advocacy shop.

The resulting office in DC plans to operate in the increasingly thorny nexus between healthcare and public affairs.

"It's hard to remember when events in Washington had greater impact on healthcare," said Sydney Rubin, a principal partner at Ignition who will cohead CCA's DC office.

She added that the public has new drug-safety concerns, and both industry and health trade associations must address them.

Jeff Nesbit, who will lead the office with Rubin, noted that there has been a "pretty substantial change in the way the FDA reviews drugs," in terms of its emphasis on safety.

"Everyone must be prepared to deal with that," he said. "We've had lots of clients ask about [public affairs help]."

The union has already netted CCA at least two new clients. Nesbit and Rubin declined to name them, citing confidentiality agreements.

CCA opened its DC office in April. The acquisition triples the size of the staff there to 12.

Ignition will keep working with existing tech and financial-services clients, but new accounts will focus only on healthcare.

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