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The QbD Group acquires Michor Consulting and Turnstone Communications

25 May 2023

The QbD Group, a privately held company offering comprehensive support to life science companies throughout the entire product lifecycle, recently announced the acquisition of Michor Consulting and Turnstone Communications. Michor Consulting offers services related to regulatory affairs and compliance, business organization, and quality assurance. Turnstone Communications is a specialist science communication agency.


Since 2008, Michor has been providing consulting services covering the full range of regulatory affairs needs from strategy and submissions to technical writing and software selection. Founder and CEO Dr. Salma Michor is the incoming Chair of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society European office (RAPS Europe). In addition, the team are experts in Chinese regulations and provide support to companies that are looking to become active on the Chinese market.

QbD will be adding Michor’s quality expertise to their Regulatory Affairs division, which offers advice and support for traditional pharmaceutical products, vaccines, biologicals, medical devices, and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP) to name a few areas. With this new acquisition, the QbD Group can also strengthen its services for regulatory affairs in the DACH (Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH)) region where Michor is actively operating. The combined knowledge of QbD and Michor will give clients the benefit of over a decade of experience.

Bart Van Acker, Founder and CEO of QBD Group: "QbD Group is pleased to be adding Michor's regulatory experts to our already robust team. Regulatory affairs are a crucial step in medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotech advancements. With the additional expertise in combination products, we continue to extend the range of support that we can provide to our clients.”

Dr. Salma Michor, founder and CEO of Michor Consulting said: “I am excited to join QbD Group’s Regulatory Affairs division. The experience we have built up at Michor will perfectly complement the knowledge at QbD and we are looking forward to having the opportunity to enhance our skills together. By joining the QbD group we will be able to take on larger projects and complement our services to offer clients a complete solution in life sciences.”

Turnstone Communications

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 to 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.”

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