Thursday May 25th 2023



The QbD Group, a privately held company offering comprehensive support to life science companies throughout the entire product lifecycle, today announced the acquisition of Turnstone Communications, a specialist science communication agency.

Turnstone Communications will join QbD Group’s Business & Communications division to complement the services already offered by the marketing and communication agency Monkeys not Donkeys. The division also includes Health 2 Market, QbD Group’s joint venture with Inovigate, which offers commercialization strategies. By acquiring Turnstone, QbD Business & Communications gains access to the news platform BioVox, which shares insights into the Belgian life sciences ecosystem with a global community of readers.

Ann Van Gysel, Director of Turnstone Communications, said: “Over a decade after founding Turnstone Communications and BioVox, it is with great pleasure that I hand over the reins to QbD. As part of this larger organization, the Turnstone team will be able to use their skills and talents to aid the science communication and business development of QbD's growing, international pool of life sciences clients. I look forward to following the future activities and achievements of my former colleagues from my position as CEO of the health innovation cluster MEDVIA.”

Bart Van Acker, Founder and CEO of QbD Group, added: “This addition of Turnstone Communications is the latest step in QbD Group’s expansion through strategic acquisitions and alliances. It will round out our Business & Communications team and will allow us to generate more attention for our clients within the international life science community. We now offer support on strategy, content creation, and outreach: three essential aspects of impactful communication.”