Your mission is our ‘why.’

We are passionate about helping smart companies grow, because they are the ones changing the world for the better. We built CREO to help the world’s most promising life sciences and healthcare companies make profound contributions to human health. We are devoted to making a meaningful difference.

It all started with a vision to make good companies better.

After working together at three prior companies, Susan Acker-Walsh and Mike Townley reunited in the summer of 2015 to found CREO. The vision for the company was deeply connected to the work Susan and Mike did over the past three decades in the health research sector. They found that the challenges in growing companies were rarely connected to the “business of the business.” More typically, it was the other stuff that got in the way of the business’s growth and organizational health.

They spent decades of their careers learning hard lessons, discovering what worked and what didn’t, and confronting and solving real-world problems to create smart, healthy, and successful organizations. Through CREO, they would share that experience to help the next generation of innovative life sciences, healthcare, and technology companies to grow and prosper.

What’s in a name? Our word to you.

CREO in Latin means “to make grow.”

In Spanish, “yo creo” is “I believe.”

Inspired by your work, we share your will to succeed. You can rely on our team to act with speed, commitment, and relentless focus until the impact of our work is realized.

Our values define us & how we’ll work together.

The CREO team lives out a shared set of values that guide every interaction we have and any project we undertake. These are the reasons why you can entrust us with your most complex challenges and most promising opportunities.

Put People First

We are people first. We value relationships. We respect that people are unique in their struggles and strengths. We lend a hand to those in need. We welcome different perspectives and understand diversity makes us stronger.


We seek first to understand, to be curious, and to learn before we speak. We listen to gain insights and create breakthroughs for our clients.


We understand that talented people want to be a part of something special. We are committed to ensuring our team is connected to their work and inspired by what they do.

Move to Action

We value a bias toward action. Speed matters in business, and many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive study. We value calculated risk-taking.

Be Kind

We choose kindness. We will be advocates for each other and for our clients to create meaningful experiences.

Tell the Truth

We are no-nonsense, trusted advisors. We speak from our experience and provide honest, straightforward feedback to help our clients quickly understand business realities. We deliver our messages with positive intent and in service to our clients.

Commit to Excellence

We demand more of ourselves than our clients do. We continually strive to improve as individuals and as a team. We pay attention to details, because we know the little things add up to excellence in the big things.

Create Impact

We deliver. We relentlessly focus on the fundamentals and solutions that are elegant in their simplicity and result in transformational outcomes.

We care about companies that are advancing science and innovating for positive change.

That is why we love to work with life sciences, healthcare, and technology companies that are:


Using their talents and technology to make a better world.

Poised for Growth

At an inflection point critical to next-level success.

Seeking Clarity

Need to answer, “where do we go from here and how?”

The CREO C2ORE Process

Our engagement methodology enables us to move swiftly to assess your needs, design and build a solution, and operationalize it for rapid adoption across your team. Our bias for action means we can help you not only solve urgent problems, but also quickly capitalize on new, value-driving opportunities before they pass.

We’ve grown with the help of other mission-minded people.

It is people that make great companies, and over the years, CREO has built an exceptional team of experts who are attracted to working with us because of our shared values.

We’ve brought together operational and financial experts, leadership coaches, top technologists, data scientists, and successful entrepreneurs to assess your challenges from all angles. They work tirelessly beside you, shoulder-to-shoulder, to develop and then execute practical and timely solutions to solve them.

We’re ready to help.

Need clarity to guide your next actions? Let’s get started. We know your market moves fast, so we’ll move faster to ensure rapid impact.