Archive for the ‘A Global Business’ Category

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.


Embrace the Twitter #MedComms experience today

June 7, 2017

Frankly, the MedComms community is not usually the most active on Twitter but we’re hoping for plenty of signs of life today using our established hashtag #medcomms –  please follow us. The following “tweeps” have all made contributions so far…

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A postcard from Singapore

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

Definite contender for office with the best view, our Singapore team is located in the landmark Concourse building on Beach Road. Our diverse team includes members of our Delta Kn and Digital agencies.


A postcard from Shanghai

June 7, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

Business is thriving for AMICULUM’s team in China, based in the international metropolis of Shanghai, the team supports our clients throughout Asia with a range of MedComms services, in both English and Chinese.


Sun’s up on a frosty morning

June 6, 2017

Blair Hesp, Managing Director at Kainic Medical Communications is also starting his (very long!) day with his team of writers. Hopefully we’ll hear more later as to how the day turns out.


We’re heading for a busy day here at Kainic. New Zealand is becoming a much bigger hub for MedComms than a lot of people may think, especially with the arrival of UK-based agencies, such as Amiculum. The benefits of that are starting to flow into improved publications practices within local biotech companies and it’s opening doors for Kiwis overseas to come home and help build the industry here (hint, hint expats).

We’re now operating with a team of five writers, plus admin support, working across nine countries around the world, so we expect to be touching base one way or another with clients in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and the UK today, in addition to working on finding some speakers for the upcoming ISMPP Asia-Pacific meeting that we are helping to organise. Somewhere amongst all the client management and admin, I still manage to fit in a fair bit of writing myself, while also mentoring our growing team of junior writers.

Things generally kick off out here at 7AM as we catch the end of the day in the UK, then we get a bit of a break until around lunch time before other markets in the Asia-Pac region start work. The team will soon be briefed on the plan for the day and all the work that has come through overnight. That will give us some time to crack on, and maybe dash out for a team MedComms day coffee at our local café, Wolf at the Door, who keep us caffeinated.

Around lunchtime we’ll be expecting a flurry of activity out of Australia and Hong Kong as they come online, and we’ll have continuous contact from clients in those countries until around 8 or 9PM, at which point I will then be jumping on a call with a client in the UK to discuss a project.

I also need to get on to editing the first draft of our typeset compilation of blog posts that we have put together over the last 15 months as we look to help our clients maximise their return on freelance writer investment by proactively communicating the ins and outs of being a freelancer, particularly as most agency-based writers have not freelanced over multiple accounts outside of an agency, so are generally unaware of the full extent of the challenges that we face in interpreting briefs, in particular. We’ll be forwarding a copy to our clients soon, but will be happy to provide a copy to anyone who is interested.

A postcard from Auckland

June 6, 2017

This has just arrived from the team at AMICULUM.

AMICULUM’s Auckland office is the first to greet #MedComms day. Since its January 2017 opening, it is one of our fastest growing offices. The New Zealand team works closely with colleagues in Asia, Europe and the USA enabling us to provide our clients with around the clock support.


Greetings from chilly New Zealand!

June 6, 2017

Sheridan Henness, Editorial Team Leader at inScience Communications is heading in to her office…

It’s been very foggy in Auckland lately, so I start my day not knowing whether I’ll be able to see our view of the city and Rangitoto Island once I get to the office. Hopefully I will be able to because it is stunning! Once a cup of tea is procured and the computer’s on, it’s time to see what’s come in to the work inbox overnight from our colleagues in the UK, US, and Europe. Wednesday is my team’s workflow meeting day, so we take our hot drinks and our work schedule into an office to spend 30 minutes talking about who’s doing what, and when they’ll get that done so they can go onto the next project. Later on in the day we’ll likely hear from our colleagues in Japan once they start their working day. Being part of an international team means our work is incredibly varied, ranging from manuscripts to slide decks, posters to training materials, publication plans to conference coverage. Once I finish writing this I’ll be on to a manuscript outline, and once I’ve finished that… who knows? One thing I do know is that life is never boring in MedComms.

And it’s good night from him…

June 9, 2016

…and finally this also sent in by Tim Collinson from Fishawack Communications in San Francisco

Here’s a 20s time-lapse of the #MedComms Day ending from the Fishawack Communications office window – boats zipping around Alcatraz and people dashing to happy hours around the city.  As Truman said, “good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!”

Hop on a plane and extend the MedComms Day

June 8, 2016

We last heard from Jackie Marchington of Caudex when she was settling on to a BA flight at Heathrow, some hours ago, and she’s now landed in Dallas so time zone changes means she still has plenty of the MedComms Day left to enjoy!

Well, thanks to a following wind, we made it in to Dallas an hour early and as a result of APC kiosks, I made it through immigration, customs,  rechecked my luggage,  back through security, monorailed round to my next departure gate and found a seat within an hour of touchdown. Amazeballs!

I confess to not doing all my plane homework, but it was a really early start today, and I did manage to catch a couple of hours’ sleep.

Straight in to meetings after this flight, so may do another update later – now I’m on CDT #medcomms day is young again!


Let’s pretend… a reality check from Trinidad!

June 8, 2016

Freelance medical writer Sarah Smith wrote in earlier at the start of her working day in Trinidad. She has felt moved to dispel my fantasies about living the dream! Sarah writes as follows…

Let’s pretend that my life as a freelance writer living on a yacht and sailing around the world is half as glamorous as you all think that it is and that Peter makes out! The reality is a little different. The boat is on the hard in a boatyard while we do a major refit and I have to climb a ladder every time that I pop to the loo. Inside the boat, I am pretending that I have a real desk, as I am waiting for a new chart table/desk to be fitted. I am feeling inspired in the desk department by the lovely spacious agency offices and cozy home offices in the photos posted from around the MedComms world!


Loving the lifestyle

June 8, 2016

Debby Moss, a principal medical writer at Caudex is homebased and writes…

After a hectic few weeks preparing posters for congress, #MedComms day has felt a little gentler of pace!
Following the school run, I furnished myself with a cup of coffee and trawled through the various emails that needed responses and re-worked my to-do list; an update for a client on author responses, liaising with editors for studio time for a manuscript, updating references for another publication and using Skype to contact a colleague about a query on a particular account. As a homeworker, email, phone and Skype is really important to maintain contact with my work colleagues and account teams; I do have to perfect my sprint however, when someone tries to contact me when I’m away from my desk making a coffee!
We have had four new trainee writers join us and some of the day was dedicated to updating my sessions for them! I also had writing tests to mark for possible new writer recruits. Finally, I used Skype to join a virtual company meeting run from our New York office before now gathering everything I need to take into the Oxford office in the morning! Loving the Caudex lifestyle!


A real international feel to MedComms Day this year

June 8, 2016

Simmone Gardiner at Synergy Vision writes in to say…

It has been a fun and eventful MedComms Day at Synergy Vision, which has a real international feel this year.  Corinne in our Sydney office kicked off the day well ahead of the rest of us,  although Caroline who is in Singapore for a client meeting wasn’t too far behind.   And then it was over to  Katie and Jessica in Copenhagen and Jill and Nick in Paris before the day got going for the team at our London headquarters and Sorcha in our Dublin  office.

The accounts team have been busy getting everything organised for a big symposium being held at the weekend.  Luckily they had two additional ‘helpers’ today, the Synergy dogs Deepher and Dylan.  Unfortunately they kept forgetting that they are here to work (reception duties mainly)  and tried to distract everyone with ball games and barking.  Fortunately for them, their owner Ffyona was out meeting clients in London.

We have our quarterly team day coming up next week so the team are pulling that together to make sure it is as informative and fun as always.  After the formal part of the day, Caz has organised for us to volunteer at a local charity producing home grown food for those in need.  Gardening gloves at the ready!

All the hard work is being rewarded at the end of the day with our monthly film night.  Tonight we will be settling down to watch the 80s classic Ghostbusters (we’ll  tweet some pictures).

Thanks for arranging a great social media day Peter, we can’t wait to see what next year has in store!


30 years in the business and counting

June 8, 2016

Hannah Stevenson at Adelphi Communications writes…

It’s been a fantastic day of celebrations here at the Adelphi Communications, Shanghai and UK offices, with more to come from our US office! Not only have we indulged in team walks in the countryside and a lot of cake, but we’ve also been documenting our time at EULAR 2016 and continuing to celebrate our huge 30 year milestone. Here’s to another wonderfully successful 30 years!