That's Nice News

From all things That’s Nice to what’s happening around the industry, That’s Nice news features daily content that is always timely, and sometimes a bit unusual.

Can't Take the Heat

20 July, 2018

Our managing director, Nigel Walker, experienced the ultimate NYC nightmare this morning when his car overheated in standstill traffic. The vehicle, he says, nearly set fire, with the coolant temperature hitting  130+ degrees as the oil pressure plummeted. "Meltdown was just around the corner," he said.

Steam Pipe Explosion in NYC

19 July, 2018

A steam pipe has blown on Fifth Avenue, just 50 yards from our Flatiron, NYC headquarters. Major repairs are needed, as hot steam is rises at least 22 stories high.

Nice Landscape

17 July, 2018

After 50 hours of mid-summer pruning, edging and laying down a fresh layer of mulch, the front garden of Nigel's Westchester County home is ready for some late-summer festivities.

Happy Birthday, Nigel!

16 July, 2018

The That's Nice NYC team celebrated the birthday of our founder and managing director, Nigel Walker, with a post-lunchtime treat of apple pie à la mode. Wishing Nigel a very happy birthday and a joyous year ahead! 

World Cup Winners

16 July, 2018

As the French celebrate a tremendous World Cup victory over the small
country of Croatia, That’s Nice Accounts Director Wei Gao is in France
mixing it up with the locals. Congratulations to France (and our
French clients) on their World Cup win!

Views

16 July, 2018

Accounts Director, Partner,  Wei Gao is enjoying the sites and sounds of Paris on his summer vacation. Can you spot the Eiffel Tower?

England Reaches World Cup Semi-Finals

09 July, 2018

Following Saturday's win over Sweden, England has advanced to the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1990 – a feat that has not just the British-born members of our team reveling in this long-awaited triumph. We’ll be cheering on Harry and the boys this Wednesday as the team meets Croatia in Moscow.

Weert, Netherlands

30 June, 2018

Wei Gao poses in  Weert, Netherlands, in front of a local church.  

The Odds Are in Favor

29 June, 2018

The stars seem to be in alignment on Nigel's World Cup bracket as Germany is out and England doesn't miss a penalty.

Baaah, Brian

29 June, 2018

Brian Pierce,  Director of Digital Capture stops to feed the goats at the team's Bed and Breakfast in Holland. 

Nice View

28 June, 2018

Nigel takes a quick "food-with-a-view" snap at a resort club while on vacation in Hawaii. The first marketing book published by That’s Nice was called View, which made this a fitting photo op 23 years later.

Managing Director Turned Craftsman

28 June, 2018

After moving into a new house last year, Nigel Walker has been busy designing custom furniture for his kids’ study room. The ‘live edge’ style will help transform what has previously a playroom into a more sophisticated study space. The desks are made from a grafted orchard tree, which gives them an interesting shape and depth, mostly at the ends. The graft line of the English walnut to black walnut is also visible. Photo credit: Russ Lowgren, Fabricator

Taking Flight

28 June, 2018

The restoration and technology update of an American biplane will be taking flight in July as Director of Digital Capture Brian Pierce and Managing Director Nigel Walker document the aerial adventure of one of our key client accounts. 

Expanding our Digital Team

28 June, 2018

Established New York City photographer Lucas Visser will be supporting That's Nice Director of Digital Capture Brian Pierce as we ramp up our in-house video team. As part of the expansion, we will be utilizing the newly created Ronin Nikon fly-through setup, with the iPhone serving as back up.

Where's Wei?

28 June, 2018

Wei Gao,  Accounts Director, is traveling in Amsterdam with the Director of Digital Capture, Brian Pierce. He's pictured here among the tourists!

Day of Infamy

28 June, 2018

Visiting Pearl Harbor and being reminded of the loss of life on December 7th, 1941, we are humbled by the determination demonstrated by the service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.  

‘Nice’ Tree

27 June, 2018

Always on the lookout for a bit of ‘nice’ in nature, Nigel came across this tree while on vacation in Hawaii this week. Unique in shape, size and, of course, color, he declared it a ‘That’s Nice’ tree, which means we could see something similar in a future campaign concept...

Walk in the Park

27 June, 2018

That’s Nice’s Nigel Walker hikes Diamond Head Crater while on vacation in Hawaii. A “walk in the park” compared to Mt. Fuji, he reports.

Good Morning, Hawaii

27 June, 2018

Taking in some of the serene landscape along Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach, it’s hard to believe the destruction happening just an island away as Kona’s Kilauea continues to spill lava rivers into the Pacific.

Island Life

26 June, 2018

That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker made bit of a detour this week to the Hawaiian Islands. As lava continues to flow from the Big Island’s erupting Kilauea volcano, it’s business as usual on Oahu.

Last-Minute Victory

19 June, 2018

Harry Kane, England captain, turns on the magic to beat Tunisia in the 91st minute of the first World Cup game. On to game two of the Russian adventure—England vs. Panama on 24 June .

Father’s Day Luxury

18 June, 2018

Founding ‘father’ of That’s Nice, Nigel Walker, received the gift of luxury this Father’s Day in the form of a Cartier watch. As is typical of our creative-minded director, he was just as enamored with the intricately designed packaging as the timepiece inside.

Innovation in Every Corner

11 June, 2018

BrammerBio has finished the new mezzanine reception area at its Binney Street facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Understanding viral vectors is no easy feat, but a few hours with CSO Dr. Richard Snyder will bring you up to speed

Looking Back on #BIO2018

11 June, 2018

The BIO International Convention has come to a close, and That’s Nice is reflecting on an exhilarating week of business and biotech at the Boston Convention Center where it all took place.

Wrapping BIO 2018

07 June, 2018

That’s Nice was thrilled to meet so many of our clients and other industry leaders in the biotech hub of Cambridge, Massachusetts during this week’s BIO International Convention in Boston.

Continued Leadership

07 June, 2018

Nigel Walker, managing director for That’s Nice, reported a refreshing conversation and overall great meeting with AGC Biologics at BIO 2018 this week. President and CEO Gustavo Mahler continues to lead the company after 10 years of commitment.

BioVectra Expands Biologics Capacity

07 June, 2018

The management team at BioVectra came out in full force at this year’s BIO International Convention following the recent expansion of its biomanufacturing capacity in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Italian CDMO | Global Reach

07 June, 2018

Capua, Italy-based Capua BioServices proudly displays its Italian heritage at this year’s BIO International Convention in Boston.

Avara Expands Fill-Finish Capabilities

07 June, 2018

Avara debuted its expanded capabilities at BIO 2018 following its acquisition of Novartis’ sterile manufacturing facility in Canada.

UPM: Formulating Your Future

07 June, 2018

That’s Nice is proud to be supporting UPM Pharmaceuticals at BIO 2018 and other industry events throughout the year. Pictured here are Mary Lee Schiesz, Manager, Business Development for UPM, and Guy Tiene, Business Director and Partner for That’s Nice.

Bio & Tech Abound in Cambridge

07 June, 2018

With the industry in Boston for biotech’s largest annual event, That’s Nice had the opportunity to visit several clients in the nearby innovation hub of Kendall Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Samsung BioLogics Shares Insights at BIO

07 June, 2018

Incheon-based Samsung BioLogics took the prize at BIO 2018, giving yet another winning presentation showcasing the organization’s expertise and leadership in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

Visiting Biotech's Leaders in Cambridge

07 June, 2018

While in Boston for the BIO International Convention, That’s Nice met with the senior management team from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based BrammerBio, a viral vector CDMO specializing in cell and gene therapy.

Farewell Strategy

05 June, 2018

That’s Nice wished recent intern Marc Technow good luck as he returns to Cologne to complete his Masters after a short break over the Summer.  Research and strategy apply all their skills to the challenge inherent in getting the wrapper off. the cake.

#BIO2018 Here We Come

04 June, 2018

It’s the last day of setup before the BIO International Convention kicks off at the Boston Convention Center June 5th , and the last-minute hustle is in full swing. Pictured here is That’s Nice Managing Director  Nigel Walker, , who is preparing for a whirlwind week of client meetings and new business development.

First Roses of Summer

04 June, 2018

A happy garden makes for a happy gardener, and with more than 700 roses in bloom for the first crop of the summer at his Bronxville, New York home, That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker is considerably content.

Stats Show Biotech is Booming

04 June, 2018

We hit over 100,000 searches in the past seven months on Pharma's Almanac, a goal we are delighted to have reached on the eve of BIO 2018 in Boston. Of these searches, 16 percent were related to biologics.

Talking Shop with Jim Greenwood

04 June, 2018

Jim Greenwood, CEO of BIO International, is pictured here at BIO 2017 being interviewed by Steve Kuehn in the glitter-wrapped chrome Lamborghini Roadster. Jim is a powerhouse and leader in the biotech industry and, as we learned in our interview, has a passion for a 1973 E-Type Jaguar.

Leading Logistics Solutions

04 June, 2018

Marken, a UPS company, continues to lead the market with new technology connecting researchers, manufacturers and patients through critical supply chain solutions. Visit  www.marken.com  to see more.

No Words Necessary

04 June, 2018

When a brand can be communicated, without words, it’s worth following. The Versace brand is one of those brands.

Need Custom Microbial Manufacturing?

04 June, 2018

If you are attending BIO 2018 in Boston this week, be sure to visit Capua BioServices in booth #743. Elise Mous, Director of Sales & Marketing / Business Development, will be exhibiting along with the rest of her team.  

Get to Know Samsung Biologics

04 June, 2018

Visit Samsung Biologics at BIO 2018 booth #363. Executive Director of Global Business Development John Hong and Business Development Lead Kevin Sharp from the commercial team will be welcoming prospective customers.

Alcami On Demand

04 June, 2018

Visit Alcami at BIO International in Boston,  June 5th-7th , in booth #267. Alcami is continuing to enhance the experience for its customers with the implementation of an on-demand customer portal.

Marken: New in 2018

04 June, 2018

Marken , now a UPS company, has just debuted the latest evolution of its creative campaign, emphasizing why the global logistics leader should be the only choice for your patient-centric supply chain. After six years, we continue to push the envelope with Marken.

Lookout for the Lambo

04 June, 2018

Will the chrome and glitter Lambo make an appearance at BIO on June 4th in Boston? No promises, but we’d be on the lookout…

On the Road to BIO

04 June, 2018

Twelve months ago, seven young men embarked on a journey of a lifetime from Boston to San Diego for BIO 2017. We take a look back at our best moments in this video short, accessible via the following link: www.pharmasalmanac.com/articles/road-to-bio-coming-soon-to-your-screen .

An Innovative, Reliable CDMO Partner

04 June, 2018

BioVectra , the “Refreshingly Adaptable CDMO” led by President Oliver Technow, will be exhibiting at BIO 2018 in Boston June 5th-7th . Stop by booth #1215 to learn more about BioVectra and the organization’s microbial fermentation capabilities.

Next-Generation Clinical Logistics

04 June, 2018

Global clinical supply chain logistics leader Marken continues to advance its creative campaign to emphasize its leadership in supporting the patient-centric supply chain. Visit www.marken.com to see more.

Experience Meets Flexibility

04 June, 2018

Terry S. Novak, COO of Tedor Pharma, discusses how Tedor is employing a flexible approach to helping customers overcome complex formulation challenges by leveraging the organization’s extensive technical and regulatory track record. Check out the full article here , and, to learn more about Tedor, visit  www.tedor.com .

Meet Rentschler at BIO

04 June, 2018

If you’re attending BIO 2018, be sure to visit booth #1155 to see what’s happening at Rentschler BioPharma and get to know the senior leadership—Dr. Thomas Rösch, Vice President Biopharma Engineering & Technology; Federico Pollano, SVP of Business Development; Frank Mathias, CEO and Ralf Otto, COO.    

Engage an Extrusion Expert

04 June, 2018

Tony Listro, Vice President, Technical Business Development for Foster Delivery Science, discusses the company’s specialized expertise in hot melt extrusion (HME), and the importance of outsourcing this technology to a specialized, reliable provider. Read the full article here , and, to learn more about Foster, visit www.deliveryscience.com .

Flexible, Mobile, Modular

04 June, 2018

In the Q2 issue of Pharma’s Almanac , Thomas Page, Ph.D., Vice President of Engineering and Asset Development for Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, discusses the benefits of mobile, modular design for the development of next-generation viral vectors and gene therapies. To learn more about Fujifilm, visit www.fujifilm.com or stop by BIO International booth #863.   

Overcoming Hurdles in Biologics

01 June, 2018

Karen Fallen, Vice President, Business Unit Head of Clinical Development & Manufacturing at Lonza, describes how biopharmaceuticalcompanies can overcome challenges  inherent to complex biologic drug candidates. To learn more about Lonza, visit www.lonza.com or, better yet, visit the team at BIO booth # 563!

Boost Your Equipment ROI

01 June, 2018

Federal Equipment Company continues to lead the pharmaceutical small molecule drug product used equipment space. Matt Hicks, COO & Counsel at Federal Equipment, discusses ways to boost ROI through equipment liquidation in the Next-Generation issue of Pharma’s Almanac.

Flexibility in Biomanufacturing

01 June, 2018

Gustavo F. Mahler, President and CEO of AGC Biologics, talks Meeting BioPharma Contract Manufacturing Needs with a Flexible Global Network in the Q2 issue of Pharma’s Almanac. Learn more about AGC’s development and manufacturing capabilities at BIO International in Boston  June 5th-7th —booth #633.

UPM’s BIO Debut

01 June, 2018

Visit UPM Pharmaceuticals at BIO International in Boston  June 5th-7th —booth# 903. UPM will be exhibiting at BIO for the first time and we look forward to supporting the team.

Expanding in Footprint & Capacity

01 June, 2018

Visit Avara Pharmaceutical Services at BIO International in Boston  June 5th-7th where the expanding CDMO will be exhibiting in booth # 1005. Avara’s senior business development team will be attending the show on the heels of a major acquisition in Canada that will significantly expand the organization’s sterile fill finish capacity.

Growth Investment Strategies

01 June, 2018

How do you take a middle-market CRO or CDMO to the next level ? In the Q2 issue of Pharma’s Almanac, Jeffrey Marlough, Managing Director for Castleford Capital, discusses how investment firms are helping contract service organizations expand their market share. To learn more about Castleford, visit www.castlefordcapital.com.

What’s New at Servier

01 June, 2018

Look out for Gwenael Servant, Managing Director of Servier CDMO, at BIO International in Boston  June 5th-7th . Gwenael and the Servier team will be exhibiting at booth# 731 as the organization closes in on the final stages of its oncology portfolio acquisition from Shire.

Linking Manufacturer & Patient

01 June, 2018

Wes Wheeler, CEO of clinical logistics leader Marken, discusses key strategies for navigating the clinical supply chain in the new era of patient-centric trials. Read the full article in the Q2 issue of Pharma’s Almanac and learn more about Marken’s patient-centric supply chain solutions at  www.marken.com.

Rapid Growth in Biotech

01 June, 2018

Nigel Walker, Managing Director for That’s Nice, examines the evolution of the biopharmaceutical industry in this quarter’s Nice Insight Overview in Pharma’s Almanac. View the full article here , and we hope to see you at BIO 2018 in Boston June 5th-7th !

Integrated Efficiency

01 June, 2018

Lugi Trussardo, CEO of Olon Ricerca Bioscience, discusses the specific benefits of the integrated CDMO model in his article, Strengthening the Outsource Service Offering through Integration in the Q2 issue of Pharma’s Almanac. To learn more, visit Olon at BIO International booth #743 June 5th-7th in Boston.

Inside Pharmaceutical M&A

01 June, 2018

Kevin Bottomley, Partner at Results Healthcare, shares his insights on M&A and licensing strategies to expand both product portfolios and market reach. View the full article on Pharma’s Almanac and learn more about Results Healthcare by visiting www.resultshealthcare.com.

Onward & Upward for Brammer

01 June, 2018

In case you haven't heard, BrammerBio is moving so fast they will eclipse 700 staff by the end of 2018. What an amazing story the founders have to tell. That's Nice is incredibly delighted to be a part of this amazing story.

Polished & Ready to Go

01 June, 2018

The Q2 cover of Pharma's Almanac is the second in a series of four this year that will blow the doors off of anything we’ve ever done by the time we unveil the Q4 edition. The issue prominently features, among others, Marken, BrammerBio, CRB and Federal  Equipment Company—market leaders across the board.  

Talking Expansion with Biotechpharma

01 June, 2018

Vladas Algirdas Bumelis, CEO and chairman of the board for Biotechpharma, talks State-of-the-Art Biologics Manufacturing in an Unexpected Location in the Q2 issue of Pharma’s Almanac. To learn more about the rapidly expanding CDMO, visit Biotechpharma at BIO 2018 at the Boston Convention Center – booth# 1171!

Biomanufacturing Insights

31 May, 2018

Peter Boeddeker, Director of Quality Management for Baxter BioPharma Solutions, shares the benefits of a risk-based approach in addressing the challenges of manufacturing in a multi-product facility. Read the full article in the latest issue of Pharma’s Almanac and learn more about Baxter BioPharma at www.baxterbiopharmasolutions.com

Continued Innovation at Unither

31 May, 2018

Unither Pharmaceuticals is back in the latest issue of Pharma’s Almanac highlighting their single-use technologies, which include blow-fill-seal, liquid stick packs and other innovative dosage forms. To learn more about Unither’s unique delivery solutions, visit www.unither-pharma.com

Building a Biopharmaceutical CDMO

31 May, 2018

Hannes Teissl, Vice President of Polpharma Biologics, discusses building a biologics business from the ground up in the latest issue of Pharma’s Almanac. Read the full article here , and be sure to visit Polpharma Biologics at BIO International in Boston June 5th-7th – they’ll be in booth # 1543! 

Thank You & Good Luck

31 May, 2018

Marc Technow is coming to the end of his 3 months internship at That’s Nice, he’s done a great job of fitting in with the research and strategic content team, we wish him all the best as he graduates next week in Germany.

Lucky Number 13(K)

29 May, 2018

After a slow uptick in 2018, we have reached 13,000 followers on LinkedIn, thanks to the dedication of our business logistics manager (and chief social media recruit), Albert Bruan. A big thanks to Albert for his hard work and perseverance on this long road!

Together Again

29 May, 2018

On our last day in London, we stopped to visit Haig Armaghanian, our business partner from Haig Barrett, and Phil Neill, the former managing director of our UK office. At That’s Nice, we are proud of the enduring relationships we maintain across the business, from our strategic partners to our customers.

Kickoff to Memorial Day Weekend

25 May, 2018

The New York team enjoyed a lunchtime treat before heading out for the long weekend, compliments of That's Nice Business Logistics Manager, Albert Bruan. Thank you, Albert, for the pizza and your service!

Pharma’s Almanac Q2 Next-Generation Issue

25 May, 2018

The Pharma’s Almanac Q2 issue was delivered to the That’s Nice Headquarters this afternoon, we can’t wait to read it over the Memorial Day break!

Enhancing the Pharma Landscape

25 May, 2018

Trilantic Europe is a mid-market private equity firm with investments across a number of industries, including healthcare. No better way to round out our nine-company excursion this week than with a visit to Trilantic’s offices in central Milan to discuss the growth of the industry.

Innovation in Bloom

25 May, 2018

It’s the last day of our European travels as we head over to meet with one of the largest API manufacturers in Europe. A main takeaway from our journey has been that innovation is thriving in pharma and biotech worldwide, as the various individuals with whom we’ve met are working to solve some of the greatest challenges in modern medicine.  

Continued Expansion of Olon SpA

24 May, 2018

We’ve landed in Milan for the last leg of our European trip to meet with Olon SpA, a European leader in API manufacturing. With the company’s recent expansion of its clinical API manufacturing capabilities in the US, it’s time to talk strategy.

Quiet in the Arrondissements

24 May, 2018

It’s a peaceful Thursday around Paris’ museums as That’s Nice catches up with our longtime client and friend Gwenaël Servant, Managing Director for Servier CDMO. 

Bière Artisanale

24 May, 2018

Grabbing a quick craft brew with lunch before our next client meeting, we opted for the Ambree Porte Doree—a beer Nigel wagers could remove the chrome off a doorknob.

Exploring Paris

24 May, 2018

We may be Paris for business, but it would be a crime to ignore a photo op in front of the Eiffel Tower, one of the most photographed pieces of architecture in the world.

Steriles Leader Cenexi

24 May, 2018

That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker met with the Cenexi senior management team in Fontenay Sous Bois, Paris. Following Cenexi’s 2017 acquisition of its world-class steriles facility in the Normandy region, there is much to discuss as the sterile fill-finish leader adds new lines and capacity.

One-On-One With Rentschler

23 May, 2018

Today we are visiting Rentschler Biopharma in Laupheim at the heart of German manufacturing. Rentschler is a great example of a privately held, family owned business that is driving some the biopharmaceutical industry’s most significant growth.

Willkommen in Deutschland

23 May, 2018

Continuing on our trek through Europe, we landed in Stuttgart to a massive welcome from Bosch. Nigel is hitting the road for Laupheim tonight, a quick one-hour drive south.

Innovation in Progress at Tecrea

22 May, 2018

Nigel met with Dr. Liam Good, Director of Microbiology for Tecrea LTD, at the London Bioscience Innovation Centre today to learn more about his new nanoparticle technology.

Bobbies of All Sizes

22 May, 2018

A midday report from London assures us the city's biotechs are hard at work on the next big breakthrough, and its police force is keeping watch over citizens and visitors alike--from all vantage points. Known locally as "Bobbies,"  the London Police force has a tough job with the amount of traffic that comes through the UK's biggest tourism hub. 

Central London, Past & Future

22 May, 2018

Our tour of London’s biotech circuit continues this week as Nigel kicks off the day with Tecrea, an innovative nanoparticle and polymer company looking for new pathways to the drug delivery world. But first, a quick snap in front of historic St Pancras, an architectural contrast to the modern London Bioscience Innovation Centre to which he’s en route.

Close-Up on GSK House

21 May, 2018

GSK’s sprawling Brentford, UK headquarters is a true epicenter for innovation, encompassing four five-story buildings and a 16-story block of towers. That’s Nice looks forward to continuing our relationship with the global healthcare leader.

Visiting GSK House

21 May, 2018

After working with GSK for more than six years, That’s Nice had the opportunity to visit the healthcare giant at its global headquarters in Brentford, London. It was exciting to see the many changes that are in the works as Emma Walmsley comes up on her one-year anniversary as CEO and the organization looks to reshape its product portfolio.

A Nostalgic Detour

21 May, 2018

While the world was abuzz with excitement around the royal wedding, That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker was in the UK this weekend for a different reason. But before heading to London for business, he made a quick stop in his hometown of Studham, South Bedfordshire, for a visit with mum.

On the Way to GSK

21 May, 2018

Even for UK-born native Nigel Walker, there is still new territory to explore as he revisits the country for business. This week, he made his way to the “mother ship” of one of our longest-standing accounts—GSK House in Brentford, London. 

Early #TBT

16 May, 2018

Accounts Director Wei Gao (center) celebrates 10 years with That’s Nice, looking as fresh-faced as ever in this throwback photo with…can you guess who that is to his right?

Meeting Ecolab Life Sciences

16 May, 2018

Ecolab, widely known for its portfolio of cleaning solutions, recently launched a life sciences division in St. Paul, Minnesota. That’s Nice had the opportunity to visit the new Ecolab Life Sciences, which serves the personal care, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

"Marked" Growth

16 May, 2018

While in St. Paul, Minnesota, Nigel was warmly welcomed by Beau Garrett, VP of Sales & Marketing for TapeMark, a CDMO specializing in transdermal and oral thin films. As the company looks toward its next stage of growth, the newly hired sales leader is implementing new processes to further support the BD team. 

Fermentation Across Industries

16 May, 2018

That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker was in St. Paul, Minnesota this week for a series of visits with some of the area’s biggest innovators, both past and present. Built in 1904, the former Jacob Schmidt Brewery became one of the largest in the nation by the mid 1900s. The building was converted into Schmidt's Artist Lofts in 2012.

23rd Anniversary of That’s Nice LLC

15 May, 2018

That’s Nice was founded on May 15th, 1995, in the bedroom of our founder’ s 235 East 13th Street apartment in Manhattan, just steps from the agency’s current Flatiron HQ. The goal was to build a diversified, science-based agency in the industrial hub of New York. Twenty- three years later , 12 employees who joined us in the first 10 years are advancing this mission as senior managers. Over the next 12 months, we look forward to what could possibly be the biggest change the company will experience since its inception.

Hazy Morning Travel

08 May, 2018

Masked by the shadowiness of a springtime fog, the sunrise over Stamford, Connecticut provided a picturesque backdrop to the northeastern morning commute, as a mixture of moisture, cool temperatures and hindered sunshine created an almost Impressionist landscape.

New Horizons for Shire

07 May, 2018

Growth is in the air as the largest pharmaceutical merger of year reaches its final stages. That’s Nice is proud to support to our life science clients amid this exciting period of industry-wide expansion.

Continued Growth for BrammerBio

07 May, 2018

Leading viral vector CDMO and That’s Nice client Brammer Bio is moving onwards and upwards with three large-scale expansion programs currently underway. We look forward to continuing to support Brammer in its mission to be the best-in-class cell and gene therapy CDMO.

Warmer Days at Last

03 May, 2018

Spring has finally arrived in New York, seemingly overnight. From a 50-degree start to the week to a 90-degree day today, we are welcoming the plentiful sunshine and burgeoning landscape with open arms.

Spotted in NJ: Pharma’s Almanac Inspiration

27 April, 2018

It’s no secret our own industry reference guide was influenced by the Old Farmer’s Almanac periodical, but it’s always fun to stumble upon a reminder—especially as we head back from CPhI North America to wrap up the Q2 issue.

Another CPhI in the Books

26 April, 2018

CPhI North America has come to a close. Congratulations to our clients and the industry for another successful show! That’s Nice is celebrating with the team from UPM Pharmaceuticals, which was featured on the cover tip of this year’s show guide.

Grumman Greenhouse, Philadelphia

26 April, 2018

Displayed just outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center is the Grumman Greenhouse, a decommissioned cold war era Naval plane that was transformed into a greenhouse by local artist Jordan Griska. Inside the plane are nutritive and medicinal plants, the edible of which are provided to low-income families through City Harvest.

UPM Pharmaceuticals at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

Trade show attendees gather in front of the UPM Pharmaceuticals booth at CPhI North America in Philadelphia.

GSK at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

The GSK booth is a glowing orange at the CPhI North America show.

Federal Equipment Company at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

There's a navy blue motif for the Federal Equipment Company booth at CPhI NA.

Hovione at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

The Hovione booth is pictured at CPhI North America.

Servier CDMO at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

The tradeshow floor is bustling at CPhI North America, especially in front of the Servier CDMO booth.

Biotech Pharma at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

Biotech Pharma lists their capabilities to initiate conversation with attendees at CPhI North America.

Unither at CPhI North America

25 April, 2018

Unither is illustrated at CPhI North America, a booth that's attracting quite the crowd!

OOO Monday

23 April, 2018

With the That's Nice Accounts staff in Philadelphia to prepare for CPhI North America, it's starting to feel a little empty in here...

WuXi AppTec New Jersey

18 April, 2018

Guy Tiene is on site at the WuXi AppTec Expansion site in Cranberry New Jersey.

Meet me in St. Louis

17 April, 2018

Director of Digital Capture, Brian Pearce, takes in the St. Louis sun while shooting for a client. 

Kicking Off Interphex

17 April, 2018

Today marks the first day of Interphex 2018, the premier event for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device development and manufacturing. We are noticing slightly fewer CDMOs this year, but, as is to be expected, there is plenty of new equipment on display.

Looking Up in St. Louis

17 April, 2018

The creative eye is always open to new inspiration, even after a long day of work. Brian Pierce, director of digital capture for That’s Nice, is doing just what his title implies while visiting Forest Park in St. Louis following a video shoot of Alcami’s newest facility.

Silver Tree Sculpture, St. Louis

17 April, 2018

Anyone who knows That’s Nice knows we have a mild obsession with all things chrome, inspired largely by the eye of our managing director, Nigel Walker. Imagine our delight when we received this photo from St. Louis, where members of our accounts and digital capture team are on site for a video shoot with Alcami, a key That’s Nice account. 

On Location with Alcami

16 April, 2018

Accounts Director Wei Gao and Director of Digital Capture Brian Pierce are on site in Missouri this week shooting Alcami’s new analytical testing lab in St. Louis' Cortex Innovation Community. The new state-of-the-art facility launched in Q4 of 2017.

Federal Equipment Company at Interphex

16 April, 2018

That’s Nice is proud to support Federal Equipment Company at this year’s Interphex. Check out booth #3110 to learn how sourcing used equipment from a reputable supplier like Federal Equipment Company can save you significant costs and lead time. 

Supporting Cenexi at Interphex

16 April, 2018

That's Nice is supporting customers at Interphex 2018 in New York City. If you’re at the event, take a walk over to Cenexi’s booth #1131. The CDMO recently expanded its production capacity for sterile syringes and ampoules with the acquisition of a world-class steriles facility in 2017.

Piramal Pharma Solutions at Interphex

16 April, 2018

Pirmal Pharma Solutions is exhibiting at Interphex 2018 in New York City. If you’re at the show, stop by booth #1258 to learn how Piramal’s discovery, API and formulation services can support your project.

Up Close and Personal

16 April, 2018

Albert Braun points out the Philadelphia Convention Center, ahead of CPhI North America.

Planning CPhI

16 April, 2018

Business Logistics Manager Albert Braun, headed to Philidelphia this weekend and decided to stop by the city's convention center, which is the site of CPhI North America. We're all looking forward to the show this May!

Florida Heat

10 April, 2018

It's hot outside! Nigel Walker is definitely not in NY, as he enjoys the 86 degree temperatures while visiting clients in West Florida. 

Time to Strategize

10 April, 2018

Justin Kadis from Federal Equipment Corporate, takes time to visit our New York HQ for strategic positioning and 2018 planning.

Easy Being Green

09 April, 2018

Floral aficionado, Nigel Walker poses in front of a wall of vibrant greenery inside the lobby of  “1 Hotel, South Beach.”

When You Think Equipment...

06 April, 2018

That's Nice had the pleasure of hosting team members from Federal Equipment Company on Friday , welcoming the excuse to partake in a savory New York staple with our out-of-town clients (though rumor has it Cleveland is getting its very own Shake Shack in 2018 - Ohio's first)!

Spring Regression

03 April, 2018

The team at That's Nice woke up to a winter wonderland yesterday, a full two weeks into spring. This photo, furnished by our business logistics manager, Albert Bruan, was taken in Glen Ridge, NJ, where more than 6 inches of snow was reported.

Easter Service

02 April, 2018

That’s Nice Business Logistics Manager Albert Bruan attended Easter Mass at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Verona, NJ on Sunday . The vibrant floral arrangements captured the essence of the day, which brought with it the first real hint of spring—a welcome reprieve from a particularly intense winter (until, that is, we were hit with 6 inches of snow on Monday ).

Master of the Road

30 March, 2018

The Bugatti Chiron Sport made its US debut at the New York International Auto Show in New York City this week. Boasting a W16 engine block, the Chiron Sport produces a staggering, record-breaking 1,500 horsepower. At $3.8 million fully loaded, our resident automotive authorities report that this car is indeed ‘master of the road.’ 

Aspirational Autos

30 March, 2018

While attending the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, That’s Nice managing director and Lamborghini aficionado, Nigel Walker, came face to face with the Lamborghini Centenario, a commemorative ode to the brand’s founder retailing at a cool $4 million dollars. Maybe next time, Nigel. 

New York Auto Show 2018

30 March, 2018

That’s Nice founding partners Nigel Walker and Mark Allen and attended the New York International Auto Show yesterday as guests of Lamborghini corporate. This time last year, the agency was in full prep mode for our Road to BIO ‘speed-to-market’ campaign, which was sponsored in part by Lamborghini.

DCAT After Hours

23 March, 2018

The party continued into the night at the Xellia Pharmaceuticals post-DCAT dinner party. We’ll avoid naming names, but pictured here are members of the That’s Nice, UPM and BioVectra teams.  

Post-Dinner Party

23 March, 2018

That’s Nice attended Xellia Pharmaceuticals’ DCAT party on Thursday evening in New York City. After a bustling week of business, the buzzing atmosphere was a great excuse to let loose.

Keynote Speaker

23 March, 2018

Actor, singer, producer and philanthropist Will Smith was this year’s Annual DCAT Dinner speaker. Smith discussed his early life, career and the work of The Will and Jada Foundation in an inspirational and entertaining sit-down.  

DCAT Annual Dinner

23 March, 2018

Dressed to the nines, That’s Nice had the opportunity to attend the 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner on Thursday evening with the BioVectra senior management team.

DCAT Hustle

22 March, 2018

As we head toward the latter end of DCAT Week, we are invigorated by the number of companies coming together to discuss future business. Despite the snow, we’re seeing more companies than ever!

Meet Me at the Clock

21 March, 2018

DCAT reports over 10,000 industry professionals from more than 700 companies are in New York City for the highly anticipated DCAT Week 2018, transforming the famous Grand Central clock from a time-honored meeting point into an epicenter of innovation—if only for the week.

Another Snowy DCAT Week

21 March, 2018

It seems rain, snow and slush has become as much a staple of DCAT Week as the opportunity it represents. It’s no surprise, then, that New York’s fourth Nor’easter of the season has fallen right in the middle of DCAT Week 2018.

DCAT Week 2018

19 March, 2018

That’s Nice is ready for DCAT Week, with over 90 meetings booked across all of the company’s brands. This six days of business will break all records at That’s Nice, and is “the event where it all began.”

Congratulations, Misaki

19 March, 2018

Misaki Walker, daughter of That’s Nice Managing Director, Nigel Walker, graduated this weekend from sixth grade at Japanese Weekend School of New York (JWSNY), a Japanese school covering a traditional curriculum. 

Counting Down to DCAT

16 March, 2018

With many of our clients coming to New York for one of the industry's most highly anticipated annual events, the team at That's Nice is in full prep mode, finalizing calendars, assembling meeting materials and (eventually) tidying up the office for what is sure to be a whirlwind week. We hope to see you in New York!

Visiting Market Leaders

16 March, 2018

Basel is a city full of innovation, with the likes of BASF, Novartis, Roche and Lonza establishing operations in the northern Switzerland city. That’s Nice had the opportunity to visit Lonza’s Basel site, where the organization’s drug product services are conducted.

Swiss Style

16 March, 2018

The team is wrapping up day two in Switzerland, where That’s Nice traveled this week for business. Before heading back to New York for DCAT week, Mark and Nigel came across an interesting restaurant with what appears to be a Swiss cheese style room divider.

Basler Münster

15 March, 2018

Even during the quickest of business travel turnarounds, we can still make time to take in our historical surroundings. Built originally of red sandstone in 1019-1500, the famous Münster Cathedral of Basel was converted from a Catholic to Protestant church following the Reformation.

An Office Building of the Future

15 March, 2018

Standing tall above the houses lining the Rhine River is the new Roche building in Basel, Switzerland, a 41-floor, 178-meter tall high-rise showing the organization's "clear commitment" to its Basel site.

Swiss Chocolatiers

15 March, 2018

It’s almost game time in Basel, Switzerland, but before the team makes their big pitch, a bit of a pick-me-up is in order. Pictured here is Strategy Director, Partner and newly appointed Master Chocolatier, Mark Allen.

Epicenter of Innovation

15 March, 2018

Managing Director Nigel Walker and Strategy Director Mark Allen have landed in Basel, Switzerland, a city filled with pharma industry leaders. Is it BASF, Novartis, Roche, or Lonza they will be visiting? Stay tuned!

Basel, or Bust!

15 March, 2018

Our executive team is heading to Basel, Switzerland for a presentation today, making a quick stop for a layover in Amsterdam. Tulips for all!

Passing of Stephen Hawking

14 March, 2018

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has passed away at the age of 76. Diagnosed with ALS in 1963 with only a few years to live, Hawking lived with the motor neuron disease for 55 years, going on to outline his “Hawking Radiation” theory in 1974 and publish his book, A Brief History of Time, in 1988. He was an inspiration and influence to many, including founding members of That’s Nice.

Pharma’s Almanac Q1 in Hand

13 March, 2018

The Q1 2018 Executive Edition of Pharma’s Almanac has arrived in print. The issue examines the shift of the pharmaceutical landscape with M&A in the discovery and research sector, and includes contributions from thought leaders at some of the world’s leading service providers. To view the online issue or request a print copy, visit www.pharmasalmanac.com.

2018 That's Nice Ad Campaign

13 March, 2018

That’s Nice is rolling out a series of ads as part of our new 2018 campaign. The first iteration, “Delivering Nice Insight Through Research," which made its debut in the Q1 2018 issue of Pharma’s Almanac, highlights the combined power of data and science in defining success for our life science clients. The new series will replace our Glittering Insights campaign, which ran through 2017.

Launching Nice Match at DCAT

13 March, 2018

That's Nice is excited to introduce Nice Match, an invitation-only service connecting pharmaceutical buyers with contract service providers qualified to meet the specific requirements of a given project. We will be officially launching Nice Match at DCAT from March 19-22 in New York City. To learn more about this new offering, visit www.NiceMatch.com.

Meeting The Queen

07 March, 2018

Philip Mansbridge, UK regional director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and friend of That’s Nice, met The Queen yesterday in Battersea, London. Founded in 1969, the IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. Learn more about the organization at www.ifaw.org/united-states.

Nor’easter Turns Bomb Cyclone

05 March, 2018

Strong winds, rain and snow moved across the Northeast on Friday, leaving a fair bit of destruction in its aftermath. In Bronxville, New York, 65-mph winds knocked down a tree next door to the home of That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker. Nigel’s son Luke is pictured here on the scene.

The Evolution of Manufacturing

27 February, 2018

Our clients are in manufacturing, but what has become of U.S. Steel and the origins of U.S. industrial manufacturing from the 1860s? That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker pondered these thoughts after coming across the abandoned Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, PA.

Meeting ACS

22 February, 2018

Accounts Director Wei Gao and Managing Director Nigel Walker made a quick trip to Washington DC yesterday to discuss ongoing opportunities with the American Chemical Society (ACS), a seven-year active client of That's Nice. 

Artist at Work

21 February, 2018

New York City artist and friend of That's Nice Adama Coulibaly is utilizing some of our spare creative space to develop a number of new pieces for an upcoming exhibition in Brooklyn.

Luxury Brand Launch

16 February, 2018

Lamborghini has debuted the Urus, the first sports utility vehicle for the super car brand, and the first "Super Sport Utility Vehicle" in the world. That's Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker, Strategy Director Mark Allen and artist Adama Coulibaly attended the Manhattan launch on Thursday evening as VIPs.

Apples & Oranges

15 February, 2018

That’s Nice is making a valiant effort in the fight against this year’s particularly severe flu season. Thanks to our Business Logistics Manager, Albert Bruan, we are fully stocked and armed with vitamin C in the kitchen.

Making Matches

14 February, 2018

Lots of sugar, flowers, pink and red around the office on this Valentine's Day, as we continue our rather timely discussions around contract service matchmaking. More on that in the coming weeks - Happy Valentine's Day!

The Shard

14 February, 2018

As London continues to build new skyscrapers, the character of this European melting pot continues to develop. The Shard opened in 2012 is currently the tallest landmark in the United Kingdom.

From Chrome to Glitter

13 February, 2018

A historical creative element of That’s Nice and wardrobe staple of our founder, Nigel Walker, glitter has a funny way of emerging throughout our travels. Pictured here is a most fitting mantra – set against a leather backdrop, to boot. 

“Chrome Guest”

12 February, 2018

Even among the famous Lladró porcelain figurines in Spain lies a bit of chrome, inspiring a look back at our 2015 campaign reflecting on 20 years as a life science agency.

Last Stop, London

12 February, 2018

After a week-long jaunt across Europe for business, That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker made a stop in London for a spin around the city before heading back to New York. For a minute there, he was sure he left his bag in the Tardis.

Royal Palace of Madrid

09 February, 2018

Nigel is rounding out the week at the Royal Palace of Madrid before heading off to London, his last stop on what has been a whirlwind week of jet-setting across Europe for business. 

Plaza Mayor, Madrid

09 February, 2018

While in Madrid to meet with Insud Pharma / Chemo Group, Nigel stopped by the Plaza Mayor, a beautiful historic square where the royal family lived during the reign of Philip III of Spain. 

Talking Strategy with Chemo Group

09 February, 2018

That's Nice met with Insud Pharma / Chemo Group at the company's Madrid headquarters this week to discuss new business opportunities, including Nice Match. 

Creative Inspiration

08 February, 2018

As That’s Nice works to develop and refine our 2018 creative campaign, the Picasso Museum was a must-stop for some inspiration while in Barcelona, and also a revisit to the subject of Nigel’s dissertation back in 1993.

Visiting Grifols, S.A.

08 February, 2018

That’s Nice met with Grifols in Barcelona today, a truly disruptive corporation innovating a number of life-saving technologies and products.

Snow Day

07 February, 2018

Snow may be falling in the Eastern and Western hemispheres this week, but both the team in New York as well as those traveling abroad for Pharmapack are braving the wintry weather to deliver on a number of client projects and new business development initiatives.

SGD at Pharmapack

07 February, 2018

That’s Nice is meeting with SGD Pharma at Pharmapack 2018, taking place at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles. If you are attending, come visit SGD at booth D34 to learn about the company’s new vision for 2018.

Exhibition Break

07 February, 2018

With a bit of a lag in between meetings, Nigel is back at Musée d'Orsay for the second time around. Boasting 173 meters in length, there is still plenty to discover on day two.

Meeting with Servier CDMO

07 February, 2018

More than six inches of snow fell overnight, providing a picturesque backdrop to this morning’s meeting with Servier CDMO at the organization’s Suresnes headquarters.

La Tour Eiffel

06 February, 2018

“The Eiffel Tower is ready for some orange.” – Nigel Walker, Founder & Managing Director, That’s Nice.

Parisian Snowfall

06 February, 2018

After a productive meeting with Novacap, the snow continues to fall on this wintry Paris evening, covering the parks and sidewalks with a glistening blanket of white. 

Musée d’Orsay

06 February, 2018

One of few museums open in Paris on a Tuesday, the Musée d’Orsay was a must-see for art enthusiast Nigel, as it houses the world’s largest collection of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism pieces.

Centre Pompidou

06 February, 2018

Thirty-one years after his first visit to the Pompidou Center at Paris’ Museum of Modern Art, Nigel is revisiting the 20th-century wonder with a fresh perspective. Much has changed since 1987, but the museum’s grandeur has certainly endured through the years.

Musée du Louvre

06 February, 2018

It’s a snowy day in Paris today, and Nigel is spending time between meetings visiting some of the city’s greatest treasures. Naturally, his first stop was the Louvre. 

Checking into the French Capital

06 February, 2018

Nigel is in Paris this week to meet with a new That’s Nice customer. Before hitting the pavement, he checked into the Hilton Paris Opera hotel, a “jewel in the Hilton portfolio,” according to Nigel.

Ciao Milano

05 February, 2018

That’s Nice Managing Director Nigel Walker is in Europe this week on a series of client meetings. First stop: Milan, Italy.

Welcoming Clients

03 February, 2018

At That’s Nice, our clients and staff are all one big family. UPM Pharmaceuticals’ Mary Lee Schiesz visited the New York office for an early year account review, snapping a quick ‘usie’ with the team before heading back to Bristol, TN.

Sweet Treats from UPM

02 February, 2018

Mary Lee Schiesz, manager of marketing for UPM Pharmaceuticals, stopped by the New York office today and was generous enough to leave behind some Dylan's Candy Bar cookies for the team to enjoy.

Happy Birthday, Katie!

01 February, 2018

That's Nice celebrated the birthday of accounts team member Katie Baker with a raspberry frosted cake that was almost too pretty to eat.

H-D Museum

26 January, 2018

Following a client video shoot in Germantown, Wisconsin, Director of Digital Capture Brian Pierce and Accounts Director Wei Gao made their way slightly south for some complementary footage from the Harley Davidson Museum in downtown Milwaukee.

Paddington 3

25 January, 2018

Strategy Director, Mark Allen, ‘blends in’ wearing too much (?) of the company color after losing an accumulator bet on soccer with Scientific Research Manager, TJ Ladage. He should have known better than to bet with a Nice Insight guy.

Video capture in the north

24 January, 2018

Brian Pierce, Director of Digital Capture, and Wei Gao, Accounts Director, visit Germantown, Wisconsin to capture video footage for an online 360º facility tour experience. Hope it’s not too cold, boys.

Artist Debut

19 January, 2018

Our friend Adama Coulibaly made his gallery debut yesterday evening at Onishi Gallery in New York City. Part of the Onishi Project’s Group Show II, Adama’s work will be on display through January 31, 2018. See Adama’s story and his work at http://onishiproject.com/updates/adama-coulibaly.

Team Outing

18 January, 2018

In celebration of one of our team member's engagement news, the accounts team at That's Nice made a trip to Outback Steakhouse, which our former suburbanites were particularly delighted to stumble upon here in New York City.

Welcoming Kris Senft

15 January, 2018

That’s Nice is thrilled to welcome pharmaceutical sales and marketing veteran Kristine (Kris) Senft to the team. As Nice Consulting Director and Partner, Kris will be working with clients to utilize Nice Match as a mechanism for growth in global markets. Welcome, Kris!

A Note from Frank W. Walker

15 January, 2018

Penned in 1954 by Frank Walker, grandfather of That’s Nice founder and managing director Nigel Walker, this garden-themed poem may have served as early inspiration for two of Nigel’s greatest passions today—gardening and creative services.

New Client Website – CapsCanada

12 January, 2018

CapsCanada has launched a completely new website showcasing its top-quality capsules and encapsulation technologies. Discover how CapsCanada is helping customers around the world optimize their formulations for oral dose and bring their products to market. Visit www.CapsCanada.com >

Post-Show Strategy

11 January, 2018

Today is the last day of the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, and Nigel is heading back to New York to follow up on the week's activities.

Supporting WuXi Lab Testing

09 January, 2018

That's Nice is proud to be supporting WuXi AppTec's Laboratory Testing Division during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. 

Catching up with Haig Barrett

09 January, 2018

Pictured here outside of the Westin St. Francis, our business partner Haig Armaghanian and managing director Nigel Walker are  catching up for first time in 2018 at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.  

J.P. Morgan Healthcare

09 January, 2018

That's Nice is attending the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, and our managing director Nigel Walker is busy as usual keeping up with his stacked meeting calendar. Nigel is pictured here following the Artificial Intelligence meeting for bioLIVE, a new UBM brand.

Servier CDMO 360° Virtual Tour

08 January, 2018

Immerse yourself in Servier CDMO’s embedded quality, know-how and reliability with an interactive tour of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. Take the virtual tour >

Stronger Than Ever

05 January, 2018

A key That's Nice account is starting 2018 with a bit of a facelift to its website. Winter Storm Grayson is pushing hard up the East Coast, and Marken is handling business as usual.

Snow Day

05 January, 2018

It was a valiant effort making it into the office during today's aptly named "Bomb Cyclone," though there is always time for a snowy selfie during lunchtime.

Nice Promotion – Maurice Spicer

03 January, 2018

Maurice is not only an integral member of the Nice Insight market intelligence team, but also keeps us up and running by helping to maintain the IT infrastructure. In recognition of his hard work, Maurice has been promoted to Research Analyst. Well deserved, Maurice!

Nice Promotion – Chee Choi

03 January, 2018

As Exhibit Designer, Chee is an integral part of our creative design team and is responsible for producing award-winning exhibits for both That’s Nice and our clients. Without Chee, Nice Exhibit would not be what it is today. Thank you for the exceptional work, Chee!

New Client Case Study – UPM

03 January, 2018

A longtime client of That’s Nice, UPM Pharmaceuticals is utilizing a number of research, content and communications channels to drive leads and promote continued expansion. View Case Study >
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