Medscape Expands Global Reach with Acquisition of Health Information Platform Grupo SANED

Thursday, March 09, 2023

WebMD Health Corp., an Internet Brands company and a leader in health information services for physicians, other healthcare professionals and consumers, today announced that it has acquired Grupo SANED, Spain's leader in health and medical information services.

Grupo SANED is a preeminent provider of medical education, scientific communications, clinical news, and regulatory advice. The acquisition extends the Medscape healthcare professional footprint in Spain by reaching more than 200,000 registered physicians, nurses, pharmacists and 1 million Spanish-speaking consumers. The acquisition is a significant expansion for WebMD's flagship global brand, Medscape, which boasts an unrivalled reach of more than 6.5 million physicians worldwide. The deal assures its position as the leading global source of healthcare communications, clinical news, and health education for healthcare professionals.

"Grupo SANED strengthens our ongoing mission to deliver best-in-class medical information and tools to even more Spanish speaking physicians worldwide," said Jeremy Schneider, Senior Vice President, and Group General Manager, WebMD Global. "With Grupo SANED, we further deepen our connection to Spanish speaking scientific organizations, professional associations, and universities within Spain and Latin America."

Grupo SANED has provided communication, marketing, publishing, research, and onsite training for the medical and healthcare sector for more than 40 years. Close collaboration with prestigious academics, along with its partnerships with universities, business schools and scientific societies, has enabled the creation of a highly valued accredited training, which has been key to driving membership loyalty.

"We are delighted to be part of Medscape. Together we will be able to provide Spanish doctors and other healthcare professionals with the broadest and most complete medical education and scientific information offered worldwide," said Francisco Bascuas, CEO, Grupo SANED. "We both share a commitment to contribute strongly to improve patient care and quality of life through providing high standard information and education services to healthcare professionals."

The acquisition is part of Medscape's strategic growth plan, which has seen the purchase of other country specific clinical and health information providers which target healthcare professionals including MGP (UK) in 2021, Coliquio (Germany) in 2020 and MediQuality (Benelux) in 2018.

Grupo SANED will continue to operate as an independent subsidiary of WebMD, as the companies build on and integrate products, platforms, and services. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.



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