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The Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of healthcare communications.

Healthcare Communications: The Impact of the Pandemic

Posted on November 16th, 2020. Posted by

Healthcare Communications: The Impact of the Pandemic

After nearly 20 years of working in healthcare communications, the excitement never gets old for me. What’s not to love about an industry that’s critical to life itself, rife with issues and controversy, and delivers a solid dose of the unexpected on a daily basis?
In my mind, a highlight is the problem solving our job requires every day. Whether pursuing an opportunity, managing an issue or leveraging an insight, it’s our responsibility to chart the path forward on behalf of our clients.

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Direct Listings: A Communicator’s Guide

Posted on November 11th, 2020. Posted by

Direct Listings: A Communicator’s Guide

After a long period of market uncertainty driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, the second half of 2020 saw market conditions improve for IPOs with a recent flurry of tech companies making their debut. With increased demand to access the public markets, a strong pipeline of companies set to come to market is shaping up quickly for all of 2021.

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Top 10 Investor Relations Best Practices

Posted on November 4th, 2020. Posted by

Investor Relations

Properly positioning your story within the investment community can help you build a quality, long-term shareholder base and enhance equity market value. To develop an effective investor relations strategy, you must understand how to best interact with investors, stay visible, and adapt to deliver both good news and bad.

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2020 Gives Rise to Another IPO Alternative: Direct Listings

Posted on October 30th, 2020. Posted by

Wall Street - Direct Listings

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the IPO market may never look the same. The swift shift to virtual roadshows, for example, has demonstrated efficiencies that are likely to make digital alternatives stick even after regular business travel resumes. But beyond the operational changes behind preparing a company to go public, the market has seen growing interest in alternatives to the IPO itself.

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10 Disclosure Guidelines for Clinical Trial Data and Milestones

Posted on October 21st, 2020. Posted by

As life science and medical device companies seek regulatory approval for their products, they will likely encounter difficult disclosure decisions around clinical and regulatory events. Clinical trial data and milestones can present great opportunities as well as significant challenges.

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How to Make the Most of Virtual Non-Deal Roadshows

Posted on October 8th, 2020. Posted by

Virtual Non-Deal Roadshows

The challenges of functioning successfully in an extended COVID-19 environment have presented many new ways of doing business. This is especially evident for events such as non-deal roadshows (NDRs).

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5 Things to Know About SPAC Transactions

Posted on September 25th, 2020. Posted by

Info About SPAC Transactions

Over the past several months, interest in special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) has grown exponentially. SPAC transactions serve as an alternative to traditional IPOs, and while they have existed for many years, they are currently experiencing a resurgence within several industries.

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6 Commonly Asked Questions (and Answers) About Quiet Periods

Posted on September 9th, 2020. Posted by

Commonly Asked Questions About Quiet Periods

Public healthcare companies often question the best course of action during quiet periods — those stretches of time during which they should limit their interaction with Wall Street due to their knowledge of material and timely information that has not yet been disclosed. Specifically, management teams struggle to figure out what the quiet period means for their investor relations (IR) efforts.

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The Virtual IPO: How IPOs Are Changing

Posted on August 26th, 2020. Posted by

Expert Advice on IPOs

According to some experts, the past several months have created more change in the IPO market than the last 25 to 30 years. In the recent webinar hosted by ICR Capital and Davis Polk, those experts discussed what they’ve seen in the IPO market recently, changes to standard IPO processes, and what’s to come for IPOs during the remainder of the year.

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Form 8-K vs. Press Release: What’s the Difference?

Posted on August 19th, 2020. Posted by

Form 8-K vs. Press Release

There are many things public companies must consider when disseminating news. What is the most appropriate vehicle to disclose news to investors? In some instances, you will need to file a Form 8-K, the disclosure from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). Sometimes, the news will necessitate issuing a press release. And sometimes, you will file both.

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