October 14, 2010

TGaS Advisors Named To Philadelphia 100, Region's Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies

TGaS® Advisors, a leading benchmark and advisory services firm for pharmaceutical commercial organizations, announced it has been ranked #36 on the Philadelphia 100's 2010 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the Philadelphia region for the third year in a row. The Philadelphia 100 is an annual program conducted by the Entrepreneurs' Forum of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Business Journal and Wharton Small Business Development Center. Rankings were unveiled at the program's 22nd anniversary event held October 13, 2010, at Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

President and Founder Stephen E. Gerard attributes TGaS Advisors' growth to the firm's collaborative relationships with pharmaceutical industry clients, innovative thinking about their needs and depth of experience: "We are trusted advisors to our clients, providing fact-based insights and helping them re-invent Commercial Operations to be more effective business partners within the larger organization."

Despite a challenging economic environment and radical changes in the pharmaceutical industry, TGaS Advisors achieved a three-year growth rate of nearly 300 percent, introducing new benchmarks in the New Commercial Model, PDMA Compliance, Managed Markets and Training and Development, as well as the Digital Marketing Index (DMI) for Digital & Relationship Marketing clients. TGaS Advisors also added to its client roster and enhanced its advisory services. The firm became an operating division of KnowledgePoint360 Group on October 1, 2010.

"The TGaS Advisors team has achieved a rare feat, creating a unique information platform of high value to pharma clients while also building a thriving business," said Jon Bigelow, president and CEO of KnowledgePoint360. "We're proud of this recognition, and excited about the future of TGaS within KnowledgePoint360."

According to Gerard, the firm's achievements arise from TGaS Advisors' unique concept of working from the "outside in," creating a community of Operations executives and answering the question, "How do other pharmaceutical companies do 'it'? Most TGaS Advisors associates are 20-year industry veterans, coming to the firm from such companies as Wyeth, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Schering-Plough, King Pharmaceuticals, Abbott Laboratories, Yamanouchi (Astellas), Thomson Reuters, IMS Health and SimStar (now Rosetta Interactive). Earlier this year, TGaS Advisors was named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, ranking in the Top 20 in the Philadelphia area and the Top 100 nationwide for Business Products & Services. The firm was also named best in its local business area, Pharmaceutical Consultants category, by the U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) for the third consecutive year.

About TGaS® Advisors

Ranked in the top 100 among U.S. Business Products & Services companies by the Inc. 5000, TGaS Advisors is the leading benchmarking and advisory services firm serving pharmaceutical commercial operations organizations. The TGaS Advisors roster includes the top 10 and the majority of the top 50 pharmaceutical companies with operations in the U.S. market. The firm provides the only comprehensive series of benchmarking solutions and advisory services for objectively improving the strategy and effectiveness of pharmaceutical operations organizations. TGaS Advisors, based in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, is an operating division of KnowledgePoint360 Group, a global leader in communications and information services to healthcare professionals.

About KnowledgePoint360

KnowledgePoint360 provides a broad range of medical communications services from offices in the U.S., the U.K., and Germany, including medical education, publication support, live educational meetings ranging from international congresses to dinner meetings, scientific content development, exhibit design, digital solutions, training, workflow and compliance solutions to support speaker programs, benchmark-based advisory services, and strategic consulting.

KnowledgePoint360 businesses include ACUMED, BlueMomentum, Clinical Bridges, CodonMedical, eMedFusion, FireKite, Gardiner-Caldwell Communications, GeoMed, Interphase, Physicians World, Physicians World Europe, Physicians World Speakers Bureau, Scientific Connexions, StemScientific, and TGaS Advisors. Headquarters are in Secaucus, N.J., with additional offices in Macclesfield, Maidenhead, and London, U.K.; Newtown and East Norriton, Pa., New York, Chicago, and San Bruno, Calif.; and Mannheim, Germany. For more information, visit www.knowledgepoint360.com.

TGaS MEDIA CONTACT: Susan Youdovin, susan.youdovin@gmail.com; 973-715-6570