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Collins Leads Brand Strategies in Health and Sciences

PR: Impressive Growth and Expanded Services for Startups & Fortune 500s

For her success in  Audacity Health’s business growth and commitment to supporting health and sciences,  San Diego Business Journal  named  Dr. Jill Collins, Ph.D. CEO of the Year in the Small Company Category.

Jill Collins
Audacity Health

Jill Collins, Ph.D., serves as the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer of Audacity Health, a La Jolla-based brand strategy and activation agency. Audacity Health works with clients ranging from startups to  Fortune 500  companies, specifically focusing on businesses that work in research and life science, diagnostics, medical devices, pharma and consumer health and wellness.

Commitment to Growth

Collins’ commitment to excellence and passion for her work has helped transform Audacity Health into a leading healthcare agency, from generating just under a million dollars in 2013 to an impressive $6.7 million in 2022. Throughout her tenure, she has steered the team through growth (including an impressive 40% in growth from 2020 to 2021) and expanded Audacity Health’s product and service offering with new paid media capabilities and PR offerings, creating new opportunities for the company’s growth. She’s been instrumental in executing the company’s people-first model effectively and efficiently. Despite an exceptionally difficult economic environment, her team was able to remain committed to its financial objectives without compromising on the quality of its work or services. Her tireless efforts have enabled the company to recognize and retain its most talented staff while still maintaining a healthy bottom line.

Award Winning Leadership

Collins has led Audacity Health to remarkable growth while demonstrating her commitment to success in other areas. She’s gone above and beyond the standard level of responsibility and consistently demonstrated her commitment to excellence in every project she works on. Her hard work is evidenced by the numerous awards that Audacity Health has received under her leadership, including four Golds for the company’s work on the GRAIL  Galleri  Test live-action video and Galleri animated explainer video,  the Quest Diagnostics  ACT Against COVID-19 website and  Foundation Medicine  ONE testing partner campaign. Audacity Health also won two Silver awards for its work on the  BD  Intersection of Critical Health campaign and  Helio Genomics  patient recruitment social media.

DEI and Wellness Commitment

She has committed to the health and wellness of all employees. Last year, Audacity Health launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee as well as a Health and Wellness committee for employees. This year, she took it one step further by rolling out a new telehealth platform that provides better access to mental health resources which were lacking in employees’ current health plans.

A Role Model

Collins is described as an influential leader and a role model for all women in business. Through her strategic leadership and dedication to her work, she has significantly impacted the healthcare industry. She has appeared on multiple podcasts and contributes regularly to  Forbes, demonstrating her influence and expertise across the business landscape. Coming from a scientific background, she had to manage the difficult transition from the lab into the business world and learn how to navigate corporate dynamics as a female in several companies dominated by male leadership.

Giving Back

Collins is a big proponent of giving back to the community. For the holidays, she made a charitable contribution to  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,  Women Who Code and  Feeding America. In 2022, she introduced a charitable contribution program for employees, which allows them to donate up to $500 per year to a 501(c)(3) organization of their choice. She also volunteers her time and expertise to several organizations in San Diego.

Collins holds a doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has over 17 years of scientific and strategic marketing expertise.


“I’m honored to be recognized for all of the hard work and the success our team has achieved at Audacity Health. We strive every day to help biotech and healthcare companies develop emotionally connecting brands with powerful marketing strategies and campaigns that have a positive impact on patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. We are dedicated to helping scientific and healthcare innovations thrive so they can make meaningful contributions to human health. We are proud of the brands we’ve been privileged to serve thus far and look forward to continuing our mission for many years to come.”


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