Portland has also hired Rachel Maconachy as account manager. She joins the agency from Havas Life Medicom and her experience includes government relations, stakeholder engagement, public health and disease state awareness.
Dr Jane Brearley, partner and head of health at Portland, said: “Last year was an exceptional year of growth for Portland Health. We added a number of med ed projects and clients to our portfolio. Understanding and communicating the science behind the story is crucial in all aspects of healthcare communications.
“Murphy’s skills and our future hiring plan will ensure that we are able to build on our track record of creating compelling creative campaigns grounded in high science. We can now offer complete and integrated communications solutions for existing and future clients at every aspect of their business life cycle.”
Murphy said: “I’m delighted to be joining Portland at such an exciting time for the company. I’m particularly looking forward to working alongside a talented team and capitalizing on my experience to bring the med ed offer to life and building on the excellent reputation Portland has.”
Murphy holds a PhD in Immunology from the University of London and has more than 12 years’ experience in medical education, both in-house and across a number of different agencies, including MediTech Media and Inspired Science.