Who we are

nourishing growth through ideas

In today's complex healthcare marketplace, brands continue to be a potent force. Brands, among other things, are vehicles for engagement, creating strong connections between businesses and the people they serve. When brands are vibrant and alive, businesses flourish. By maximizing brand health, Calcium is able to deliver the kind of powerful business impact clients are seeking.

Given the significant challenges being faced by today's life sciences companies, brand nourishment requires strategic thinking of the highest order. At Calcium, our strategic acumen has been honed over many years of accumulated real–world experience; across a wide span of client engagements; and in a diverse range of categories. Through our industry networks, we're able to track and identify the healthcare landscape changes that affect strategy–enabling Calcium to deliver more effective solutions. The strong strategic foundation we build–and share with clients–supports all of the critical work we do at Calcium.

Our unique form of brand nourishment consists of a steady stream of powerful, engagement–building ideas–strategic, scientific, creative, and technical ideas. The Calcium culture emphasizes the constant genesis of new ideas to drive brand and client growth. In our view, ideating freely and vigorously on behalf of clients–and constantly asking "what if?"–is the lifeblood of what we do.

Isn't it time to experience a more nourishing agency relationship? We’re Calcium–let's build something strong together.

we do

delivering balanced brand nutrition

Calcium offers a complete range of strategic, scientific, creative and technical services that brands need in order to thrive. These include:

Customer insight research, segmentation, and competitive intelligence

Strategic engagement, insights, and planning

Brand positioning

Branding and creative ideation

Comprehensive digital solutions

Social media strategy

Thought leader development

We also offer in-depth knowledge and significant expertise in the areas of:

Specialty pharmaceuticals and biosimilars

Medical devices

Managed markets and payer strategy

Distribution channels

Health systems

New models of care

At Calcium, we utilize a proprietary system called The Growth Process to strategically guide and unify our various work streams. When all strategic, creative, and tactical solutions share the same underlying brand DNA, brand impact is magnified–and customer activation is intensified.

We’re on the forefront of technology in this rapidly changing digital world. We know where patients live (in the online sense), what they're looking for, and how to find them. Our customized and measurable initiatives break industry benchmarks. Our deep digital knowledge and skill set empowers clients by providing well-defined user experiences, platform agnostic design, content strategy, complete in-house programming, and measurement. At Calcium, digital is not a silo–it’s a vital part of the integrated marketing solutions we offer to clients.

Our services are further enhanced by synergistic strategic partnerships. Our work with Boston Healthcare enables our clients to gain a better understanding of market access, payer communications, and reimbursement issues; it also gives them the ability to receive critical health economics and outcomes research. Plus, our strong partnerships both with Google and comScore provide clients with unique, measurable opportunities to drive brand and business growth.


creativity is in our bones

Creativity is the force that propels content into the hearts and minds of audiences. Without imagination and creativity, messages will disappear into the vast ocean of content that customers face every day.

Whatever the medium (online or offline), our creative work at Calcium emphasizes freshness, impact, and memorability–but also strategic alignment. In our view, the very best creative displays verbal, visual, and conceptual firepower while also staying true to the brand’s well-defined strategic imperatives. For us at Calcium, it’s not creative unless it moves someone . . . and moves the needle.

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nourishment through people

Nourishing stronger brands–and building stronger businesses–requires the skill and dedication of a diverse range of talented people. Though our specific skills and knowledge may differ, all of us share the same common passion for doing the best work possible–and the same drive for delivering client delight and brand success.

One of the hallmarks of Calcium is the active and engaged role that senior personnel play in client businesses. Our people are our most valuable resource, and we are eager to make that resource highly available to clients.

Steven Michaelson

Chief Executive Officer

Steven Michaelson

Chief Executive Officer

Steven has spent nearly 35 years in the advertising industry, 25 of them in pharmaceuticals. He is most recognized for his role as founder and CEO of Wishbone, a highly successful start-up that thrived for 13 strong years, was awarded "Agency of the Year" in 2009, and was eventually acquired by Rosetta (and then Publicis). Continuing in that tradition, Steven founded Calcium NYC in 2012, calling upon the original Wishbone leadership team to help guide and run it. In 2014, Calcium NYC was combined with Vox Medica and Star Life Sciences to create Calcium, an agency that offers clients Wishbone-like strategic and creative firepower along with robust medical and scientific expertise and leading edge digital capabilities. Earlier in his career, Steven held creative leadership positions at KPR, FCB, Harrison & Star, and Robert A. Becker. Over the years, Steven has helped create campaigns for brands such as Zocor, Glucophage, Plavix, EpiPen, Oxycontin, Depakote, and Diovan. Steven is a graduate of Pratt Institute and lives with his family in New York, NY.

Steve Hamburg

Chief CREATIVE Officer

Steve Hamburg

Chief Creative Officer

Steve is a widely recognized industry leader who, before joining Calcium, held CCO positions at LLNS/Omnicom, Rosetta (leading digital agency), Wishbone (creatively-focused, “Agency of the Year” winner), and other leading agencies. Steve has been practicing the art and science of creativity for more than 25 years, working in virtually every therapeutic category and across digital, broadcast, and print communications channels. To every marketing communications challenge, Steve brings a powerful strategic, creative, scientific, and digital skill set. This guides the generation of illuminating insights, incisive strategies, innovative tactics, and inspiring creative–all driving greater business impact. Over the years, Steve has been active as a judge for industry awards shows and is the recipient of numerous creative awards himself. Steve also writes frequently for trade publications on a wide range of industry topics. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Steve lives with his family (along with multiple guitars and pets) in Mt. Kisco, NY.

Judy Capano

Partner/Chief Strategic Officer

Judy Capano

Partner/Chief Strategic Officer

Judy brings more than 25 years experience on both the pharma client side and agency side to her position as the strategy lead for Calcium. Judy began her career in Sales, Hospital Sales, Training, and Sales Management for Marion Merrell Dow. Moving to the agency side, Judy was then EVP, Director of Client Services at Harrison Star and COO/Strategy Officer for McCann Torre Lazur Worldwide, where she ran the global agency network and was responsible for mergers/acquisitions/startups. More recently, Judy was Partner/Chief Strategy Officer at Wishbone. A cum laude graduate of Siena College (she currently sits on the board of trustees), Judy is married with 3 children (who look strikingly similar to Steven Michaelson’s kids) and lives in New York, NY.


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Experience the strength of our convictions–because effective brand nourishment requires a constant infusion of fresh insights and ideas.


Are you a smart, strategic thinker ready to collaborate with a team of experienced and passionate problem solvers? If you've got a nourishing attitude and a strong desire to help brands grow stronger, you just might be the next member of the Calcium team.



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Independence Square West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

TEL: 215.238.8500 FAX: 215.238.0881