Archive for the ‘Going the extra mile’ Category

It’s a wrap in the UK

June 7, 2017

David Jenkins from AXON has wrapped up for the day in London.

A busy #MedComms day at AXON! Around our daily client responsibilities we’ve had training, a team lunch and cake! Look out for our mascot Axel the AXON owl…

We also asked some of the AXON team to discuss their experiences in medical communications in four short videos:

 

 

 

 

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Plans change…

June 7, 2017

K_LeeKathryn Lee is a Freelance Medical Writer based in the UK and has had to adapt to her plans changing for the day, as they often do.

One of the things I love about being freelance is the variety of work!  Although I’m often home-based in the UK and writing documents for large Pharma companies, today I’m travelling to Switzerland to deliver protocol writing training for a new client.  Of course, such days don’t always run according to plan and my 09.20 flight from Norwich to Basel, via Amsterdam, was cancelled due to strong winds.  I’ve been rebooked on the last flight of the day which gives me extra time to catch up on a few administrative tasks, start drafting an article due later this month, and think about new medical writing projects lined up for later in 2017.

 

Two hats… two laptops

June 7, 2017

dipiDipi Kohli is a Senior Account Director at InspiredScience who is currently on a part-time secondment with one of her UK clients. Here she describes her day.

This year’s #MedComms day will be a little different from the last as I now work from two laptops instead of one!

I was recently seconded to a client of ours, working on both the agency and client side. To explain, a secondment is a temporary change in roles that takes place within the same company or for a client to meet a particular need. Initially, I was seconded on a full time basis, working with the client to align their team in the midst of some recent changes they have undergone as a company.

On a day like today where I am based at our offices, I spend my mornings checking emails from both of my email accounts and keeping both the team and client updated. One of the advantages of being seconded is that the client’s expectations can be managed better and the team is much closer to any project updates first-hand. 

I have to admit that the secondment requires a great deal of organisation and time management. However, through continuing simple and effective practices, such as weekly team and client meetings, I have been able to manage my time in both places whilst fulfilling my responsibilities as a member of our company’s leadership team.

It’s not always about work here at Inspired Science, we love having a good catch-up and lots of team lunches! We talk about anything from house renovations to holiday plans. During my lunch break I grab a bite to eat with one of my colleagues at a local restaurant – I am a repeat Vapiano’s offender!

As the day draws to a close, I’ll do a final run through of my emails, check-in with the team and prepare my to-do list for the next day.

A closing vlog from Tokyo

June 7, 2017

Karen Woolley, Director, Global Strategic Initiatives (Medical Affairs) at Envision Pharma Group is wrapping up her #MedComms day in Tokyo with a third vlog today.

Karen says; “This is how we go to and from work in Tokyo – gentle pushing, but it all works… and it is kind of fun! Temper-free transport in Tokyo – a lesson for other cities here me thinks”

Work starts in New Zealand

June 6, 2017

Mark English aka @MarkEnglish has officially kicked off the #MedComms working day in New Zealand with the first #medcomms tweet we’ve seen on 7th June 2017 from the correct time zone.

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My long MedComms Day

June 8, 2016

Jane TrickerJane Tricker is a Freelance writer based in Kent and is working late tonight.

I started early today – my youngest daughter is just back from medical school for the summer and I wanted to spend some time with her during the day.

I’ve been revising the first draft of a manuscript that will form part of a supplement. In additional to their textual changes, the authors had sent a list of additional references that they want to include in the paper. So, having sourced copies of all of the references either from PubMed or the agency’s reference library, I’ve spent most of the day incorporating this new information into the manuscript. In between times, I’ve provided some advice on addressing reviewer’s comments on another (unrelated) manuscript and signed a contract to work with a new client. I’ll do a little bit more work on the revisions this evening and hopefully just have the reference list to rebuild tomorrow.

It’s been a long day – but a productive one.

Thinking about…

June 8, 2016

Claire Lea of Caudex has sent us a final contribution as she ends her working day in Oxford.

At Caudex, we spend our time focusing and thinking about our clients needs, today on #Medcomms day we’ve also been thinking about …

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Who’s at EULAR today?

June 8, 2016

20160608_090506There must be lots of MedComms folks running around this event this afternoon. Here’s the team from Darwin Healthcare Communications who are at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR) in London today. In the photo are Mona Singh, Kate Kavanagh and Lindsay Napier.

Who else is there? If you all find each other for a drink tonight let’s have a group photo, please!

 

A year in the life of Porterhouse Medical

June 8, 2016

Rob Pilbrow has told us that this #MedComms Day the folks at Porterhouse Medical are celebrating a very busy year, including a host of successful global meetings and projects, continued growth and expansion, and even a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

[Download their infographic (PDF) for more on their outstanding year]

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ASCO Annual Meeting 2016 – Tales from Chicago

June 8, 2016

inscience6This morning in the US the inScience Communications team are reflecting on this year’s ASCO Annual meeting.

We have been on onsite in Chicago now for 5 days, it’s been a fairly bumpy ride!

inScience Communications has had a number of projects going on including session coverage then subsequent slide development covering 6 tumour types plus working with societies in the development of key presentations for lung and gastric tracks.

The team includes writers working back in the UK and also in New Zealand (when the time difference is an advantage!) When we are tired then another timezone takes over. We are mainly surviving on chips (the American variety), diet coke and pizza

Photos from this year’s ASCO illustrate the scale of this meeting (some 37,500 attendees)


Fun times to be had at the rugby scrum otherwise known as ‘Poster Session’

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We may be tired but it’s always a pleasure to see this lovely city (albeit mainly from the window of a bus).

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A Prezi from the Fishawack Group

June 10, 2015

Philip Loder, Global Commercial Director, Fishawack Communications has sent in this round up of activities across the global group today.

From early starts in the UK to a range of projects in our Swiss, UK and US offices, have a look at our prezi to see what the Fishawack team have been up to on #MedComms Day.

VIEW THE PREZI PRESENTATION HERE

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A day in the life of PCM Healthcare’s rubber duck!

June 10, 2015

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Say Hello to Laura from Litmus

June 10, 2015

Introducing Laura Edwards who works as part of the Litmus team. Laura has taken some time out of her day to give us an overview of her working life:

From one congress to… the next! Fresh from ASCO in glorious Chicago, we move on to planning the next (three) in September. There’s no better way to make a year fly than working in events management! When you explain what you do to your partner/parents/hairdresser it doesn’t seem possible it can take so long to organise a single, one-hour symposium (or similar) but somehow it all adds up. Also on the agenda for today is a standalone meeting for 900 gynaecologists in January (see previous point about planning the weeks away). Currently we’re confirming the last of the 37 speakers, preparing for the site visit and refining the colour scheme for the room dressing/materials. Very similar to where I am with wedding planning in fact (fewer ‘delegates’ and ‘speakers’ but, somewhat perturbingly, a number of other parallels).

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Turkish Delights – Adventures from an Advisory Board

June 10, 2015

Róisín O’Connor, Senior Medial Writer, Katerina Tuloo, Account Manager and Mark Davies, Scientific Services Director all of inScience Communications reflect on a successful day in Turkey.

Early start today! Up at 7am to grab a quick continental breakfast in the hotel, before we meet and greet the attendees of an advisory board held in the beautiful, East-meets-West city of Istanbul.

Our team of three arrived here yesterday afternoon, ahead of the final slide preview with the client, meeting Chair and speakers. After a good discussion, and a few final tweaks to the slide content, we opted for an early night ahead of the main event today.

So at 8.15am, with our stomachs full of strong Turkish coffee and baklava, we invite all attendees to take their seats at the table. Following the obligatory round-the-table introductions, the meeting soon begins in earnest, with presentations from the Co-Chairs setting the scene and outlining the objectives and input required from the international medical experts gathered together in the room today to make this a successful and productive meeting.

Open Round Table Discussion sessions throughout the day facilitate the exchange of valuable information and lead to some interesting, lively debates and differences of opinion between experts –all very professional and civilised of course!
Mark, as Scientific Services Director, moderated these sessions, ensuring that each of the meeting objectives are addressed, with the use of a nifty digital mind-mapping tool which captures, organises and projects key outputs onto the meeting room screen in real time as the experts debate and discuss.

As Editorial Team Lead, Róisín takes detailed notes on the discussions, which will subsequently provide the content for a comprehensive report for the client on the views, attitudes and advice provided by the experts.

With the meeting drawing to a close, we start to relax and reflect on how smoothly the day has gone… then of course, disaster strikes! Outside of the meeting room, Katerina learns that a traffic jam in the east of the city will almost certainly prevent one of the experts from arriving at the train station in time for the last train home.

Of course, Katerina, as Account Manager, springs into action, investigating alternative transport options, and quickly ascertained that a water taxi should be able to take the attendee across the Bosphorus strait, from Europe to Asia, and drop passengers off just a few minutes’ walk from the train platform. Phew. Crisis averted!

With the one attendee sailing into the sunset, and the others safely dispatched in cars to the airport, the three of us sit down for a quick debrief with a very satisfied client, to discuss deliverables, timings and next steps.

Finally, it’s time to relax – we’re off to sample some of the delights of Istanbul, tired, but with a sense of achievement for a job well done. Onwards to the next meeting – now, where is that nice kebab restaurant we passed by on the way in from the airport…

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Coffee helps, lots of it

June 10, 2015

Spela Ferjancic, a Senior Medical Writer at Fishawack Communications in the UK, is at Heathrow at 04.30 for an early start today. Travel is not always as glamorous as it sounds!

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Another 12-14 hour day

June 9, 2015

Lisa Sullivan of In Vivo Communications writes in from Sydney, Australia, with a long day still ahead of her.

So to give you all an idea of my day in medcomms. Started with a TC at 6.30am Sydney time today due to my now being President of GAME (the Global Alliance of Medical Education). This was our monthly Board Executive call and is an hour long. Following this I have communicated with several associates in the medcomms space asking for help in forthcoming GAME activities (specifically around the European CME Forum this year).

Now that I am at my desk (after throwing down coffee and a pear for breakfast) I now gear up for development of 2 proposals due by tomorrow, a budget being asked for by my finance controller (our financial year ends June 30th so it is hell at this time of year) and then working on a new credentials presentation for a huge client meeting on Monday 22nd June in Singapore. It will be a 12 to 14 hour day for me today which is rather toooo normal.

After 25 + years in this business I do wonder where it all went…

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Ending the day with reflections from Darwin Healthcare Communications and a ‘selfie’!

June 11, 2014

Frances O’Connor writes in from Darwin Healthcare Communications to say she’s been collating photos and anecdotes today…

So it’s been a busy day as usual (isn’t it always!) for the Darwin team.

Phil, Kate and I were at two different pitches in Munich and Paris yesterday, back in late, and yet we were up and on the road to our Oxford office around 6.30 AM this morning! As a team, we’ve had a lot going on today. Here are photos from our leadership team meeting this morning – it looks like Kate didn’t find whatever it was as funny as Phil did!

 

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Claire Pouwels has sent me an update from EULAR where she is organising speaker slide reviews for a satellite symposium and running interviews with the faculty – lights, camera, action! She also reports a trip to the bowels of the conference centre in order to retrieve a poster. Exciting stuff. Lindsay Napier updates that today isn’t one of the most interesting but that she’s working on a poster, an oral presentation and a manuscript resubmission all with tight deadlines.

Emilie Violette has called in to give me some feedback, multitasking while at EULAR. Cleo Hall is working on an animal health publication plan and an animation (on the same day but not quite at the same time) and David Hallett is scoping out a QoL Cancer day for another client.

As with many of the other company updates today, we don’t just work hard but also like to play hard. Yesterday, the Oxford office had a meeting of their cake club and today, we’ve had a meeting to discuss our Summer social plans. The boys in the London office have also sent me a photo of their USA decorated pod (each pod was given a different country playing in the World Cup – apologies to my American colleagues at Phase V!).

 

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I’m sitting back at home now finishing off a few emails and reviewing a couple of agendas, looking forward to tomorrow as Thursday night is bar night at London HQ!

Here’s a ‘selfie’ of me on an earlier TC, to end with!

 

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Pubs strategy in the wilderness, anyone?

June 11, 2014

Jackie Marchington of Caudex Medical sends this from a secret location…

I am putting the lie to the manic #medcomms hashtag by taking advantage of the middle-of-the-wilderness hotel I’ve ended up at this trip. I’ve spent the morning in publication planning strategy meetings and an author call, working out of our clients’ offices and now I’m back in my hotel working outdoors for a while, appreciating the weather, the scenery and the smell of freshly cut grass.

Four hours of pubs strategy is enough to wear anyone out, but it was a really interactive and productive meeting, so roll on 2015. I’m currently updating some training materials for our three bright new shiny trainee writers who started with us last week, and a company-wide copyright licensing update/reminder for tomorrow afternoon.

Between then and now, I have another couple of hours planning congress activities tomorrow morning, along with our friendly rival agency, who works on the same account with us.

I must admit that my feelings of extreme hostility towards this hotel I had last night when the taxi driver from the airport couldn’t find it (perhaps if he’d been driving more slowly he might have done better…) have mellowed considerably now that I can appreciate the setting. It’s a bit more touristy retreat-like than the usual hotel chains us poor MedComms folks usually end up in.

Oh well, I’d better get on with it…

 

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