Boutique healthcare consultancy Savono Medical joins Emerton

16 September 2019 2 min. read

Savono Medical, a boutique consultancy focused on the medical device and pharmaceutical sectors, has joined strategy consulting firm Emerton.

Emerton will integrate the specialist advisory into its Healthcare practice, with Savono Medical founder Harold Smith-Franzen appointed the firm’s global Healthcare leader. “Together, we can offer our clients a greater geographic reach and a broader range of services,” said Smith-Franzen.

The consulting firm serves its clients globally from offices in Paris, New York and Dubai. Emerton’s portfolio spans projects in strategy, operations, transaction support and regulatory government affairs to clients in industry, the technology sector and highly-regulated industries.

Boutique healthcare consultancy Savono Medical joins Emerton

Smith-Franzen brings 20+ years of experience in these fields to the firm, having previously led Savono Medical for nine years, and before that, he was the managing partner of L.E.K. Consulting’s Japan office and Asia-Pacific lead of the firm’s MedTech practice. He joined L.E.K. Consulting in 2008 after the UK-headquartered strategic consultancy acquired a Japan-based consulting firm (Acumen) he founded six years previous.

Having spent a decade on the ground working with both cure and care clients, Smith-Franzen is an expert on the Japanese healthcare market. He has advised several medical device companies and speciality pharma players in the country, and consulted several governments and agencies including AMDD, Advamed, Eucomed, the Japan External Trade Organization and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

At Emerton, Smith-Franzen will leverage this experience and team up with other practices including Emerton Data to expand the firm’s footprint in the Asia-Pacific region. Meanwhile, from Emerton’s bases in Paris and New York, the new partner will also work with clients in Europe and the US – Smith-Franzen is in fact a US national and started his career in the country before venturing out to the other side of the world.