May 8, 2008 - Johnston Blakely & Company, in conjunction with MedPharma Partners, announces the launch of the Strategic Tactics and Transactions™ Initiative.

Johnston Blakely & Company, LLC, a Boston-based life-science focused investment bank, together with the strategy consulting firm MedPharma Partners LLC, announces the launch of their newest advisory service, the Strategic Tactics and Transactions (“STAT”) Initiative.   This unique strategy and M&A advisory service integrates the extensive strategic advisory capabilities of MedPharma Partners with the M&A expertise and market insights of Johnston Blakely in a single engagement team.  This provides a seamless interface between strategy and implementation and incorporates a range of perspectives that optimizes transaction execution.  Clients that need to develop pragmatic strategies for growth or capabilities development will benefit from this joint offering by gaining deep strategic insights coupled with realistic implementation options from the M&A marketplace.

"By integrating the activities of the strategy consultants and investment bankers under one engagement umbrella, there is no retracing prior work, no second guessing decisions, no recreating the wheel," remarked Patrick Kager, managing principal of MedPharma Partners, continuing "This sharing of insights and perspectives vastly improves process efficiency and avoids the loss of momentum that results from work being tossed across the cultural divide separating consultants and bankers."

"At the same time, clients enjoy the significant benefits of working with two independent firms.   The involvement of separate groups creates a dynamic tension that assures neither culture exerts undue influence on the process, resulting in a balanced, well-reasoned outcome," commented Benjamin Conway, Johnston Blakely managing director.

The comprehensive suite of related services offered under the STAT Initiative includes:

  1. Corporate strategy and capabilities development
  2. Acquisition & divestiture strategies
  3. Target identification & solicitation
  4. Due diligence investigations
  5. Exclusive sale mandates
  6. Transaction negotiation & structuring
  7. Post-acquisition integration services

Companies interested in learning more about the STAT Initiative are strongly encouraged to contact either Patrick Kager at 978-505-5744 ( or Benjamin Conway at 978-526-4014 (

About MedPharma Partners LLC

MedPharma Partners provides an array of management consulting services, including applied strategy, program management, benchmarking, and business and corporate development services, to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and technology-enabled healthcare service organizations of all sizes with a particular emphasis on R&D, supply chain, marketing and general management functions.

About Johnston Blakely & Company, LLC

Johnston Blakely & Company, LLC is a Boston-based investment bank offering private equity placement and merger & acquisition-related financial advisory services exclusively to companies in the life science sector.  The firm incorporates the venture capital tradition of comprehensive company involvement into investment banking engagements to deliver superior results for its clients.  More than investment banking...inVenture banking™.