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We talk to Alessandro Fulgheri of Publicis Healthcare


AH: Would you mind telling us a little about your background?

AF: Since my first job, Author and Director of programs for the Italian Radio Television (RAI), communication has always been my passion.

After my University degree, MSc in Biology, I joined the pharmaceutical industry holding positions in national and international marketing and in Corporate communication in leading multi-national companies.

During my pharma experience I had the opportunity to create a Foundation and to be invited by the WHO to present a project regarding maternal and child health.

I left the pharmaceutical industry after 20 years to join Publicis Healthcare Communications Group in 2006.

I am currently responsible for the strategic direction at PHCG Italy.

AH: Tell us a bit about your company and what you are doing now

AF: PHCG Italy is a full service agency with a multichannel, multitarget and multimarket expertise.

On top of the classical capabilities of a communication agency, we have consultancy in our DNA and can support our clients in strategy and process development.

AH: Tell us about a piece of recent work that you are proud of?

AF: We are currently developing for a client an innovative Patient Journey Model, applicable to any disease. The uniqueness of this model is based on the integration of three layers of information, quantitative, qualitative and emotional in a single map. It is intended to become a communication tool for the different stakeholders, internal and external, including company people, health care practitioners, patient and caregivers, providing each of them with specific information.

AH: What makes healthcare advertising so different from consumer advertising?

AF: You know, healthcare advertising is a big thing, including a wide range of areas, from consumer healthcare to prescription products. As demand grows for products that people think can make them healthier, a whole new consumer healthcare segment is emerging, midway between mass retail-based consumer goods and pharmacy-based pharmaceuticals.

Dealing with this variety of areas requires not only a different sensitivity but also the compliance with different levels of regulations with an impact on creativity latitude.

Our agency has a very wide experience and the cross fertilization coming from different areas is very inspiring for us.

AH: Where do you look for inspiration?

AF: Great ideas can come from anywhere, books, movies, news, museums, blogs, social networks… there’s a world around us and curiosity is the best way to be inspired.