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Wrapping up in New Zealand

June 6, 2018

Mark English, freelance writer, is preparing for some serious traveling over the coming days. Ping him a message if you want to meet up and hear about freelance life in New Zealand – and those views. Oh, those views!

english_01It was a cold start here in Wanaka, New Zealand with overnight snow on the mountains and mountain passes, so the log fire was cranked up well before work began. Like most freelancers in New Zealand, the start of my day consisted of catching up on emails that arrived overnight from various parts of the globe. I then incorporated some minor comments on an oncology e-learning tool and the rest of my day was spent organising an upcoming trip. Living in New Zealand, I don’t get the chance to meet clients very often, but we (myself and my better half) are heading on an overseas trip on Saturday visiting old and new clients in San Francisco, New Jersey, Philadelphia and the U.K. We are also throwing in an advisory board meeting in Barcelona just for the fun of it and then finally we are spending some time with family in the Lake District U.K. (can I order sunshine there please?). I have been a medical writer for 18 years now and I still absolutely love my job and the variety it brings. Anyhow, less of the I love my job warm fuzzies, does anyone want to meet me for a coffee and a natter on my travels? Yes? Fantastic. Here is my email address —->

And finally, I will leave you with a much-requested photo. Here is tonight’s sunset over Lake Wanaka. If you look very closely, you might see Mt Aspiring in the far distance, New Zealand’s second highest peak at 3,033 metres!


Embrace the Twitter #MedComms experience today

June 6, 2018

Frankly, the MedComms community is still not the most active on Twitter but we’re hoping for plenty of signs of life today using our established hashtag #medcomms –  so please do follow us there. The following “tweeps”, all based out in Australasia, have kicked us off with their posts early today. Hopefully we’re all just warming up…

@SarahMMcKay + @DrRuthHadfield + @KainicMedical + @concisegroup + @MarkEnglish + @RxComms + @michellegwriter + @JuliaArchbold@karenjfarrar@PECjournal

Come on #MedComms!

Greetings from the land of the rising sun

June 6, 2018

This just in from Masahira Kurosaki, Project Administrator at inScience Communications, Tokyo.

Today finds us working on a number of English and Japanese manuscript projects at our offices in Shiroyama Trust Tower, Tokyo. Business is fast moving in the Japanese Medcomms world these days and the inScience Communications team is proud to be a growing part of the community here. It’s great to be part of international projects and collaborating with our colleagues around the world.

Wishing all around the world a successful MedComms Day!


Greetings from Concise Asia

June 6, 2018

A postcard has arrived from the Singapore office of our Sponsors of #MedComms Day 2018. A huge thanks for your support, guys. The global team from Concise are sharing a host of #EventTips throughout the day on Twitter if you follow #MedComms.


Good morning and happy MedComms day from Sydney, Australia

June 6, 2018

This just in from Ruth Hadfield, Freelance medical writer & research consultant and membership secretary of the Australasian Medical Writers Association, with an invite to Melbourne in August.

It is winter here so I am sitting in my office with the heating on full, my Ugg boots on and cradling a warm cup of coffee.

My number one task today is to spend some time finding sponsorship for the forthcoming Australasian Medical Writers (AMWA) Conference. This year’s theme is Integrity in a Post-Truth World and the conference is being held in Melbourne, Australia on 23-25 August. The AMWA conference committee have put together a fabulous program and AMWA president Michelle Guillemard has done a truly wonderful job leading this. As a not-for-profit and volunteer run organisation we need sponsorship to make sure this event can be held annually. AMWA would love to see as many MedComms professionals at the conference as possible so please consider this your invitation.

Today is a day of tidying up loose ends after many weeks of back to back jobs. Next up on my task list are preparing some quotes, website updates and responding to emails.

I will enjoy watching the rest of the world wake up and hearing about what you are all are doing this MedComms day!


Getting going in Dunedin

June 5, 2018

kainic_01Blair Hesp, Managing Director of Kainic Medical Communications has followed up his first tweet of the #MedComms Day with this quick message…

Well, we’re into the middle of winter here in NZ and it’s freezing today, while our Northern Hemisphere colleagues enjoy the longer nights and warmer weather of summer. So, we’re up in the dark as usual at this time of year, triaging the briefs and requests for support that have come in overnight, while trying to manage a 2-month-old and wrangle a 3-year-old.

Most of our clients are surprised to hear that the team of four at Kainic have handled more than 300 individual projects for our clients in 11 countries over the last 12 months. So, in the spirit of surprising facts and figures about NZ, we thought we’d kick off #MedComms Day with a few interesting and relevant facts that are little known by people outside of NZ:

  • Auckland, our main city, is actually more diverse than London in terms of residents’ nationalities and languages spoken
  • Every university in NZ is ranked in the top 500 in the world
  • NZ is consistently rated as being one of the easiest places in the world to do business, as well as maintaining one of the best standards of living and happiest societies
  • The disposable syringe was invented here
  • At 14%, New Zealand has one of the biggest expatriate diasporas in the developed world (second only to Ireland)
  • While you may frequently encounter New Zealanders on working holidays, we have reciprocal schemes internationally (please get in touch if you or someone you know might be interested in a sabbatical/secondment at Kainic)

Right, got to run. Nappies to change and children to feed.

The working day has started in New Zealand

June 5, 2018

So Blair Hesp, aka @KainicMedical and Managing Director of Kainic Medical Communications, is our first New Zealander to officially kick off #MedComms Day 2018 with the first #medcomms tweet to appear on 6 June 2018 from the correct time zone. Here we go…

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The sun is setting on the MedComms Day

June 7, 2017

It’s become traditional on #MedComms Day now to have a photo sent in by Sarah Smith, a freelance medical writer and editor based on her boat in the The Caribbean to remind us that you can freelance in MedComms from anywhere these days… today it’s Turtle Bay, Trinidad.



MedComms is a truly global business

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

AMICULUM: 180 talented #MedComms individuals representing 26 nationalities based in 7 countries. That’s what ‘global’ means!


MedComms Life in sunny San Francisco

June 7, 2017

Jonnie Plumb has recently moved to San Francisco with Bioscript Group.

Nearly 2 years ago to the day, I made my first steps into a career in MedComms. Having toiled in academia for 10 years, MedComms seemed like an opportune way of continuing all the things I love about science (learning about new diseases, therapy areas, technologies, and meeting leaders in their field) without having to worry about failing experiments, squeezing an expanding lab team into a contracting lab space, and the obligatory lab inspections…

The light shone a path to Bioscript (in Macclesfield, UK) and I have never looked back. When an opportunity arose for myself and my wife to relocate to San Francisco at the beginning of 2017, Bioscript were wholly supportive, allowing and facilitating a move to set up a Bioscript office on the West Coast. It was time to let the sun set over Macclesfield and awaken to a new dawn of opportunities in the US.

Living and working in the Bay Area obviously has its pros, however, getting up for 6 am teleconferences with colleagues and clients in Europe is not always the easiest way to start the day. However, once Europe has gone to bed, your email alerts cease and you can focus on the jobs at hand. Step out at lunchtime for a daily dose of vitamin D and your mind is clear and you can’t help but smile.

MedComms is not without its challenges (tight deadlines, authors going AWOL etc.), but I believe you need to be challenged in order to develop, whether that’s professionally, physically or personally. So, if you’re undecided about making that step from academia, all I can say is get into MedComms, find an agency that is a perfect fit for you and see where in the world that decision takes you.

Did I mention it’s sunny over here?


Another day another flight!

June 7, 2017

Tori Fuller, a Senior Account Manager at Caudex, getting excited to travel to an on-site meeting!


Virtual team meetings

June 7, 2017

Emily Mitchell writes in with news of what’s planned for later today at Caudex.

At Caudex, we’re preparing for an Employee Engagement Survey Workshop this afternoon. Three office locations (New York, Macclesfield and Oxford) and some of our Homeworkers will be Webexing in to discuss the outcomes of our survey and action plan for the hot topics. Should be an interesting afternoon, covering everything from internal communications, to rewards, to resourcing and flexible working.


A postcard from the USA

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

AMICULUM’s teams in Chicago and Princeton are the last to join in the MedComms day celebrations. We’ve recently secured more space in both places to support our growing business.


Club sandwiches and chips – standard MedComms fare at events!

June 7, 2017

Paul Richards and Cathy Baker, both of inScience Communications, are grabbing a quick lunch on site. Paul writes…

“Busy working lunch in Warsaw ahead of big investigator meeting tomorrow.  Been on site for 2 days, one more to go!”


Today Concise is Sponsoring – A Day in the Life of MedComms

June 7, 2017

Many thanks to our Sponsors, Concise. Have you joined in with their online quiz yet? It’s running throughout #MedComms Day 2017. Caroline Buttery, Head of Business Development at Concise has sent in this message from their Hong Kong office.

The 6th annual MedComms Day launched last night, open to anyone and everyone involved in and around MedComms, it aims to capture a representative snapshot of working life in this specialist business. Our team in Hong Kong got us started earlier on today.

The Concise MedComms quiz is live – take a look and see how you get on at

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A postcard from the United Kingdom

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

The UK is where it all began for AMICULUM 16 years ago. What was a two-person start-up now employs 180 healthcare communications professionals around the globe.


A postcard from Switzerland

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

AMICULUM’s key clients include global pharmaceutical companies based in Switzerland. AMICULUM has recently expanded its global footprint to include a team in Switzerland to further support our clients.


A postcard from Dubai

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

Located in the heart of Dubai, our AMICULUM ME team is perfectly positioned to partner with pharmaceutical companies throughout the region, combining local knowledge with international communications and consulting expertise.