Westwicke Partners, a healthcare-focused investor relations firm headquartered in Baltimore, is being acquired by ICR, a strategic communications and advisory firm. Bob East and Mark Klausner, Westwicke’s co-founders, will lead a new entity comprised of Westwicke’s 29 team members and ICR’s current healthcare investor and public relations practice. The new entity will be branded as Westwicke, an ICR Company.

“We have always had the utmost respect for Westwicke and viewed them as the ‘ICR of Healthcare’. The Westwicke team has built an incredible business that mirrors our culture and commitment to excellence in client service and sector-focused strategic counsel. We couldn’t be more excited and look forward to their leadership in growing an integrated healthcare practice and contributing to the broader success of ICR,” said Tom Ryan, CEO of ICR.

Founded in 2006, Westwicke has regional offices located throughout the U.S. and London. Focused strictly on the healthcare sector, they have more than 100 clients.

“Joining forces with ICR represents a natural next step for our business and provides significant benefits for our clients and team members. We will continue to offer the same dedicated healthcare expertise while now being able to integrate a broader suite of services that our clients are increasingly asking for. We have known and admired the ICR team since we founded Westwicke and we are enthusiastic about building the next chapter of our business as part of ICR,” said East and Klausner.

With offices in New York, Norwalk, Boston, San Francisco and Beijing, ICR has over 550 clients spread over 20 industries.