Plano, Texas–based full-service meeting planning firm Rx Worldwide Meetings Inc. has opened a second office in Manchester, England, to help meet the needs of its large and growing international meetings business. Annette Steele will head the UK office, which will be known as Rx Worldwide Meetings EU Ltd. The UK office, like the U.S. headquarters, will plan meetings and events for the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical industries.

Steele, who specializes in clinical research and investigator meetings, has knowledge of and experience in the pharmaceutical industry in North America and Europe. Having worked in industries from corporate banking and telecommunications to event management, Steele will focus on building client relationships and further developing the business globally.

The company also is celebrating its 10-year anniversary under owners Judy Benaroche Johnson, CMP, who joined the company in 1995, and Michael Johnson, who took ownership of the company in 2002 from the late Ellen Harden. The company, which was originally established by Harden in 1994, specializes in investigator meetings and advisory board meetings, as well as key opinion leader forums.