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Cannes kicks off with big Lions Health wins including first Grand Prix

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Launched in 2014, the Health & Wellness and Pharma Lions celebrate creativity across pharma and healthcare communications, aimed at healthcare professionals, patients and consumers. The Health & Wellness Lions celebrate creativity for personal wellbeing and an inspired approach to consumer healthcare, comprising work that publicly educates, promotes non-prescription products, allows self-diagnosis or facilitates pro-active personal care. From 2245 entries received in Health & Wellness, 65 Lions were awarded: 14 Gold, 20 Silver and 30 Bronze. “Meet Graham” (below) by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne, Australia, for Transport Accident Commission Victoria claimed a Grand Prix.

Health & Wellness Jury President, Mike Rogers, Creative Partner at Serviceplan Health & Life, Germany, said: “Since the introduction of Lions Health in 2014, it’s been fascinating to witness the incredible impact the Health & Wellness Lion has had on the industry perception of healthcare creativity. We’ve seen the work flourish and this year’s shortlist showed a range and depth of work, crossing technology and the creative use of data.”

The Pharma Lions celebrate creative communications from pharmaceutical clients and services surrounding this highly regulated industry. From 590 entries received, 25 Lions were awarded: 6 Gold, 9 Silver and 10 Bronze and there was no Grand Prix.

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Pharma Jury President, June Laffey, Executive Creative Director at McCann Health, Australia & South East Asia, said: “In Pharma, we can create work that changes lives and we award the very best work in the world. The shortlist was formidable and there were lots of strong productive arguments in the jury room. Throughout the judging process we were mindful that the work we award reflects what is possible creatively and what can be possible in the future in this highly regulated space.”

Special Awards

The Lions Health Grand Prix for Good, open to Gold Lion winning entries ineligible for a Grand Prix in their section, was also awarded to 'Immunity Charm' (below) by McCann Health, New Delhi/McCann Worldgroup India, Mumbai, for Ministry of Public Health, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The award was judged by Caleb Tiller, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs, the United Nations Foundation, and members of the Pharma and Health & Wellness Juries: Mike Rodgers, June Laffey, Christine Abbott and R. John Fidelino.

Caleb Tiller, said: “The Lions Health Grand Prix for Good award sits at the cross-section of creativity and social impact. It’s an exciting time for our community, as cross-pollination between sectors is creating new opportunities to engage people in driving social change and improving lives.”

The Healthcare Agency of the Year was awarded to Area 23, New York; second to Medulla Communications, Mumbai; and third to McCann Health, New Delhi. Aside from notching one of the evening’s top honours, Area 23 also took home notable accolades during the Pharma and Health and Wellness Lions award ceremonies. Collectively, the FCB network, which includes FCB Health and Area 23, won four Bronze, four Silver and two Gold Lions yesterday evening. The Healthcare Network of the Year went to McCann Health; second to FCB Health; and third to The CDM Group.

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Louise Benson, Executive Festival Director of Lions Health, commented: “Lions Health is now in its fourth year and in that time the Pharma and Health & Wellness Lions have become the industry platform for new ideas to be celebrated, discussed and built upon. We’ve seen the quality and the breadth of work across healthcare communications flourish. Lions Health champions creative excellence in this highly regulated field and pushes for greater innovation.”

Revolving around the work, day one of Lions Health, the two-day specialist event taking place during Cannes Lions, kicked-off with mind-opening sessions to advance the future of healthcare communications. McCann Health and “Astro Mike” and Havas Health alongside sci-fi artist Lucy McCrae, took to the stages.

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