Who We Are

A global healthcare communications company, Vaniam Group helps biopharmaceutical innovators realize the full potential of their oncology and hematology discoveries—both in the United States and around the world. We understand the evolving treatment landscape, champion meaningful collaboration between the scientific and medical communities, and communicate emerging data with clarity and omnichannel engagement. With aligned global asset strategy and integrated communications execution, we support our clients as they guide promising compounds efficiently through the entire clinical development process—from discovery through launch, and beyond.

Vaniam Group has thrived over the past 15 years due to a clear-eyed focus on the people we serve and connect—our clients, healthcare practitioners, and the thousands of individuals who are diagnosed with cancer every single day. We help biopharma innovators realize the full potential of their compounds, equip healthcare practitioners with more effective treatment options, and improve shared decision-making across the oncology and hematology communities. In doing so, we believe we are supporting efforts that ultimately will lengthen and strengthen patients’ lives.

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Our Network of Agencies

Medical Affairs and
Scientific Communications​
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Nexus GG Science logo
Team 9 Science logo
Second City Science logo
Commercial Strategy
and Planning
Bio Linx logo
Nexus Global Group logo
Team 9 logo
Second City Insights logo
Subscription-based
Insights Gathering
Curio Science logo
Independent and
Accredited Education
Corporate
Philanthropy
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Leadership

Zack Lentz, President and Chief Strategy Officer, and Deanna B. van Gestel, CEO of Vaniam Group.

Zack Lentz & Deanna B. van Gestel

Vaniam Group was founded in 2007 by Deanna B. van Gestel, who is most passionate about connecting people, ideas, and science. Deanna was one of the first CEOs in the industry to implement a 100% virtual-by-design model, actively redefining and evolving the healthcare communications workplace. Deanna is a board member for Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, a member of the Women Who Conquer Cancer Committee, and a member of the Tugboat Institute.

In 2013, Deanna was joined by Zack Lentz, President and Chief Strategy Officer. Zack plays a critical and visible role in the overall strategy, growth, and culture of the company using his expertise in agency leadership and deep knowledge of the industry.

Deanna and Zack’s focus is on sustaining a people-first, purpose-driven company that helps both biopharmaceutical clients and our employees realize their full potential. Thought partners and keen strategists, Deanna and Zack along with the rest of Vaniam Group, are passionate about making a long-term difference in the way people create, communicate, think, and work within the field of oncology and hematology.

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Connected, Collaborative, and Delivering Excellence

Vaniam Group aligns our mission around the well-being and empowerment of each individual employee. We’ve seen from firsthand experience that, when we invest in our team, they respond by going above and beyond for our clients. We succeed when our clients succeed, and this shared success contributes to the scientific and clinical breakthroughs that improve patient care.

We balance this shared purpose with an intentional commitment to trust and autonomy. For more than 15 years, our employees have worked in a dynamic, all-virtual environment that enables us to hire talented and experienced team members across the United States and Europe. 

Without regard for geography, we seek out the leading experts in our industry, and then empower them to make strategic decisions, propose new innovations, and feel accountable for the overall health of our organization. By fostering this culture of trust and interconnectedness, we’ve established a true career destination for our team.

Vaniam Group is proud to have been named an Inc. Magazine Best Workplace in both 2021 and 2022.

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Giving

Founded in 2014 by Vaniam Group CEO Deanna van Gestel, Women Leaders in Oncology (WLO) recognizes and empowers women who have dedicated their careers to advancing oncology research. WLO amplifies female voices and nurtures connections among women leaders through networking, mentoring, and philanthropy. Every year, WLO raises funds for the WLO Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award, which is awarded to young female oncologists in recognition of their promising research. In addition to the 9 awards already provided, WLO is actively fundraising toward a 5-year target endowment of $1.35 million, which will be used to fund future awards.

Encouraging promising Black oncologists

In addition to recognizing rising female leaders within the industry, Vaniam Group is honored to fund the Conquer Cancer-Vaniam Group LLC Young Investigator Award for promising young Black oncologists. Vaniam Group has provided 2 of these grants since the award’s inception last year.