Kyowa Kirin International

Helping communicate internal business updates virtually


Kyowa Kirin International is a rapidly growing specialty pharmaceutical company engaged in the development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for the treatment of unmet therapeutic needs in major western markets. Its Established Medicines Business Unit (EMBU) operates across 30 countries, has a diverse range of medicines and its medicines are used by clinicians to treat over one million patients.

Spreng Thomson support the Leadership Team and their HR function by advising on, designing and implementing creative internal communications initiatives. These include live webinars, podcasts and creative ideas - all with the aim of promoting community engagement, transparency and team building.


The challenge

Our client responded immediately at the start of the pandemic, identifying an urgent need to refocus on maximising internal communications. We were tasked with designing a programme of live webinars and podcasts featuring their leadership team and other key team members from across the EMBU side of the business.


How we used creativity to design the right response

We managed the pre-production, live and post-production processes to ensure a smooth and high-quality experience for all involved – with a journalistic flair for detail throughout. We used a structured approach ensuring that all content supported the strategic aims of the organisation. Key outputs included:

• Scoping topics and themes

• Writing host scripts

• Occasional presentation of webinars

• Designing webinar graphics

• Writing internal communications

• Technical rehearsals and participant briefings

• Hosting webinars on our Zoom platform

• Post-production: editing recordings for internal distribution


Delivering results

One impact which is difficult to communicate with numbers, is the nature in which we collaborated with our client, to unearth inspiring stories about their people. Human connection and authenticity is everything, and we’re proud that their team responded so positively by attending and engaging with the programme.

17 live ‘In Conversation With…’ webinars engaging the leadership team

1,000+ total log-ons during the programme

810 minutes of engaging live content

94% average retention rate

6 produced episodes of the ‘EMBU Talks’ podcast

“Over the period of this pandemic we have had the challenge of building a new business unit, launching our strategic plan and most importantly looking after and engaging our people. The team at Spreng Thomson partnered with our Senior Leadership Team to build a comprehensive and engaging programme so we could really connect with our people and make everyone feel part of something bigger. The programme is innovative and truly engaging and the feedback we have had from our people has been fabulous.”
Gary Adamson, Executive Vice President, Kyowa Kirin International plc

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