Health care communications network grows with acquisition

Ashfield Healthcare Communications, a Lyndhurst-based unit of UDG Healthcare PLC, has added a San Diego-based strategic communications agency to its global agency network.

Canale Communications, which provides corporate communications, public and investor relations and creative services to life sciences companies, was acquired by UDG for an undisclosed amount, according to a new release last week.

“We are thrilled CanaleComm has joined Ashfield Healthcare Communications,” Matt Jacobson, Ashfield’s executive director, said in a prepared statement. “They bring a distinct and highly complementary service offering for our health care and life sciences clients and further strengthen our U.S. footprint, especially in the West Coast biotech industry.”

CanaleComm, founded in 2010, has a team of nearly 30 professionals led by founder and CEO Carin Canale-Theakston.