Julia Walton at Media Contacts has chatted with Gabriel Hoppen, Medical Writer, W2O Science
What attracted you to this career in the first place?
I was looking for a scientific career outside the lab – I wanted to gain business awareness, and understand science closer to industry and healthcare.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
The variety of therapy areas, pace of work and a little bit of unpredictability.
What’s the most challenging experience you have faced?
Tricky client deadlines – especially if they all stack up at once….Two ad boards and a series of training modules all due within a few weeks was fairly challenging, but situations like these are the best way to learn.
What’s the funniest memory and/or highlight of your career so far?
It’s a bit of a copout answer but in all honesty, day to day work at W2O Science answers both parts of the question. I’d especially like to use this opportunity to shout out my colleagues Rebecca and Kiran for being the funniest and providing daily hilarity.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Nicolas Cage – only he could do justice to the high-octane life of a medical writer.
What’s a typical day look like for you?
Check emails…prioritise tasks…often I like to work on one thing in the morning and something different in the afternoon, but other days when I’m in a different mood I like to do a solid 8hr single task. That’s a great part of medical writing, the opportunity for varied types of work.
What would your key tasks in a typical day be?
Developing slides for different situations, events and audiences takes up most of my time, occasionally jumping on a client call to discuss all things content.
Thanks, Gabriel. Have a great #MedComms Day!