Inside INdiana Business

Avant Healthcare names new CEO

Dr. Arun Divakaruni (photo courtesy of Avant Healthcare)

CARMEL, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Carmel-based medical education agency Avant Healthcare has promoted Dr. Arun Divakaruni to chief executive officer. Divakaruni joined Avant in 2019 as chief science officer.

Dr. Divakaruni was previously executive vice president at New York-based Weber Shandwick, a global communications agency.

“We are excited to have Arun at the helm,” said Deborah Wood, chief executive officer and owner of DWA Healthcare Communications Group, the parent company of Avant Healthcare. “He possesses a high scientific mind, deep agency experience and an ability to synthesize insights from across industries into inspired customer strategies. I firmly believe Arun has the vision to build on Avant Healthcare’s successes and lead the agency into a dynamic future.”

Avant Healthcare collaborates with pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostic and medical device clients to educate healthcare professionals on potential treatment options for their patients.

“We are amid a massive paradigm shift in scientific and medical communication. Effectively engaging healthcare professionals through medical storytelling in today’s world requires anchoring the story in deep scientific insights, brought to life with transformative creative, and steadfastly charting its course through a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem,” said Divakaruni. “I am excited to expand my role at Avant Healthcare and lead our accomplished team to continue delivering breakthrough solutions for our biopharmaceutical clients.”

The woman-owned business also has satellite teams in Chicago, New Jersey and New York.