Bob Chandler and Gianfranco Chicco’s agency has generated so much buzz—on subjects ranging from its unique non-hierarchical culture to its work on the introduction of Pfizer’s blockbuster Viagra—that it’s easy to forget the Chandler Chicco Agency is only five years old, particularly since only technology PR firms are supposed to go from zero to $15 million in fees that quickly. In short, CCA has established itself as the premier independent healthcare public relations firm—a place capable of attracting top tier clients and great people—in record time.
CCA offers a full complement of healthcare PR services, including marketing communications, issues management, crisis management, and communications, corporate and product positioning, launch campaigns, constituent relations, global public relations, advertising services, new media work, and even corporate documentary photography. It combines sound strategic thinking—from the principals and a team of senior executives that has extensive corporate and agency experience—with uncommon creativity, developing campaigns that cut through the clutter: whether working with Pfizer on issues related to its merger with Warner-Lambert or promoting new indications for Zoloft or working with Yankees manager Joe Torre for Amgen.
Headquartered in New York, CCA has offices in Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and London, which has doubled in size over the past year with major client wins including Eli Lilly and Glaxo Wellcome. Overall, the firm will be up about 30 percent, with new business from Novartis (CCA represents three of its largest international prescription brands) and additional assignments from McNeil in the GI category, more than compensating for the loss of flagship client Celebrex.
The firm continues to be regarded as one of the best places to work in the entire industry, thanks to a “no walls” culture that’s reflected in CCA’s unusual office space. One of the first firms to offer flextime and telecommuting options to staff, CCA offers a first-rate training program and perks ranging from free catered lunches daily to yoga classes.