The Dream Team return!

This message just in from Envision Pharma Group’s team in Chicago. Travel safe guys.

Lucinda (Scientific Director), Helen (Senior Editor) and Alice (Project Assistant) are waiting to board a plane back to Manchester following a busy week at ASCO, Chicago!

Alice, who joined Envision Pharma Group back in December 2017, has experienced her first time onsite as part of a #MedComms agency and is already looking forward to her next trip!

Well done team and safe journey back home!

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On a train to London

Jane TrickerJane Tricker, Freelance writer, is struggling with the wifi on the train, apparently, but has still managed to send this message in. Technology is great, when it works…

I’m writing this from the 7.25 train to Victoria, admiring the glorious Kent countryside as I go. I’m spending the day with DDBRemedy – an advertising agency based in Paddington. I’ve been working with this agency for several months on a range of projects (including a couple of pitches). My current project is to prepare a slide deck that will be used to introduce an existing regional sales team to a new drug in a new therapeutic area. The drug is due to launch in a couple of years’ time, and the deck will be used at a meeting to decide how many staff will be needed to support the launch, when and how they will be transitioned and what additional staff they will need in specific territories. My job has been to distil the information in hundreds of slides in the core deck down to 35 slides for a 50-minute presentation and provide a fresh approach to the storytelling for this meeting – the pharma client wants something that will encourage the delegates to think ‘outside the box’ for their launch preparaton.

Plans change…

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

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

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”

My long MedComms Day

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.

Who’s at EULAR today?

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!

 

ASCO Annual Meeting 2016 – Tales from Chicago

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

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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Say Hello to Laura from Litmus

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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