PVRI appoints Sagittarius to develop new digital learning initiative.


The Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) has appointed digital marketing agency, Sagittarius, to develop a new digital learning initiative to further facilitate education of a commonly undiagnosed illness. PVRI is a charity that brings the best medical professionals in the world together to reduce the global burden of pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) through excellence in clinical care, research and education.

PVD, which can be more commonly described as high blood pressure in the lungs, is a fatal illness that can affect people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. It is estimated that over 60 million people in the world suffer from the disease, although this figure could be much higher as the illness is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Sagittarius, specialists in digital healthcare and wellbeing marketing will manage the web development of the PVRI online identity, which includes a digital learning portal, intended to drive awareness and improve the diagnosis and treatment of PVD. The initiative is being developed to shadow a real-life scenario as closely as possible, including patient and specialists video content and imagery, authentic medical charts, data and test results (with all contributors remaining anonymous).

“Sagittarius is thrilled to be working with the PVRI and specialists in pulmonary hypertension on such a prestigious and important project. We are confident our work will not just fulfil the brief, but exceed expectations and redefine the way web agencies approach training applications within the medical arena. We are excited to stand alongside the PVRI to present the beta version of the “Pulmonary Hypertension Digital Learning Initiative at the 4th Annual Drug Discovery & Development Symposium in Berlin, in July.” Natalie Waite, Digital Account Manager, Sagittarius.

“Developing this digital learning initiative is an integral step towards achieving our mission as a charity. Building such a rich and interactive PH educational experience that is second only to shadowing a practicing clinician in the real world is something that has not yet been achieved in the field. We are excited to partner with Sagittarius to build something that will immediately impact the quality of treatment received by patients for this fatal disease worldwide.” Aaron Shefras, Marketing Manager, PVRI.

Check back soon for further updates on this new and exciting project!

This article was originally published on The Drum website on 11th April 2017.

Today award-winning digital experience agency Sagittarius is proud to have been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management systems standard by business improvement company, BSI.

Leading brands demand first-class information security from their agency partners and the only real proof of this is achieving the ISO / IEC 27001 Certification. If you’re in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or even working with Government and Third Sector you’ll know that regulation and compliance are essential throughout your supply chain and that the top priority is guarding information and data.

Nick Towers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sagittarius said “We wanted to ensure that brands can come to us in the knowledge that we take data security, data protection and privacy very seriously. Our mantra is ‘remarkable’ and this applies to not just what we do but how we do it and ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for this. To achieve this in six months’ pay testimony to the hard work and commitment to security and privacy that prevails at Sagittarius and I’m very proud of the whole team who have made it their mission to exceed the high standards needed.”

Sagittarius wanted to meet the very highest standard and so decided to work with BSI whose mission is to ‘share knowledge, innovation and best practice to help people and organizations make excellence a habit’. 
Achieving ISO 27001 certification clearly demonstrates that the Information Security Management System at Sagittarius meets international best practice and demonstrates to our customers and partners that we handle information securely throughout the business. 

The agency accepted that by embracing the implementation process they were actively encouraging their team to delve into internal processes and rather than accepting these as ‘the norm’, firstly making sure they were all documented sufficiently. Then as part of that process, they challenged and questioned each process to pressure test validity and innovate and improve where necessary.  BSI then rigorously audited Sagittarius’ policies, processes, and approach to data security. Through the audit stages, BSI shared opportunities for improvement and have helped refine the Sagittarius InfoSec roadmap. 

Data is the most valuable asset any business can have and to achieve peak performance through a truly connected strategy and digital experience it’s imperative that data and information is shared with the agency partner. Trust plays a pivotal role and assurances of confidentiality can only be achieved through an ISO 27001 accredited organisation.
Initiatives like the GDPR have raised the bar on compliance and the associated fines for having gaps in governance leading to breaches are significant. At Sagittarius we operate a single source of truth using tools and systems such as Confluence and Jira to provide documentation quickly and accurately and this was complimented by the auditors. 

Nick goes on to say “We are delighted to create even more value for our clients and prioritise the things that matter to them and their customers. This ISO 27001 certification bolsters our class leading NPS score of 85 adding deeper quality to our services. It sets us apart from other agencies when brands are looking for a partner with deeper credentials. We wanted to take the next step and ensure that Information Security became baked into everyday processes and the way we function as a business. We set an ambitious timeline of achieving the ISO 27001 certification and to meet the highest possible standards through independent auditing and we’ve nailed it. We pride ourselves on ensuring the data of our clients, team and partners are handled in the most responsible manner.”

Gigi Robinson, Regional Product Manager – Information Security & Business Continuity, said: "Protecting information is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations. Achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates Sagittarius' commitment and proactive approach in ensuring their information management processes are robust, secure and resilient for the future. We are thrilled to have supported Sagittarius in achieving this certification which demonstrates to customers and suppliers an ability to handle information securely."

Additional Notes
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Sagittarius has designed a set of adequate and proportionate security controls within the ISMS to help protect our internal and our clients’ information against cyber-attacks. We have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Regulation as part of our framework.  


Naomi Harper
Head of Marketing & Communications
Naomi is the agency's Head of Marketing & Communications with a strong background in Public Relations, events, Marketing and Brand campaigns.

Naomi joined Sagittarius in January 2021 to deliver exceptional external brand experiences, engaging internal communications and to assist with the driving of sales and the developing of relationships with key strategic suppliers.


Naomi Harper

11 Apr 2017 - 4 minute read
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