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Switching off the lights and heading home at the end of another busy #MedComms Day…

June 9, 2016

Way out West in Fishawack Communications’ San Francisco office, Tim Collinson enjoys the Californian end of the #MedComms Day.

Kicking off the day was an early morning call with a team spread across our Swiss and US offices, to brainstorm ideas for a 2017 medical plan with our client team (also based in Switzerland and San Francisco).

Next, a debriefing following recent interviews for our San Francisco editorial team positions. Med comms attracts such a diverse and talented bunch of experts and eccentrics! Always fun and interesting to meet; the search continues…

9:30 am: EU calls and emails down to a trickle. Time for some project work. A client’s poster has just been safely delivered in San Diego for the 58th annual meeting of the American Headache Society starting this week.  On to some reviewing – tracked changes can really make a mess eh? All for the greater good though.

Lunchtime: you’re never far from a good food truck in San Francisco – one right outside the office today –  the bear on California Republic flag looking down on it.  Food-in-belly, and a couple of blocks’ walk to the Moscone Center to check out the 2016 BIO International Convention. It’s a big deal and apparently over 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders are here in “the birthplace of biotech” for it.  FDA Commissioner, Robert Califf, urged industry to “talk to patients”; and Will Smith gave a keynote talk. Say no more!

We’re already focused on a busy week of client meetings next week, which took care of the afternoon. Preparation is everything!

Cosmopolitan life

June 8, 2016

What better way to round off a busy MedComms day than with a round of cocktails? Scientific Team Leader Charlotte and Senior Account Manager Dan from the new Virgo Health Central London office are making the most of happy hour!


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 …


A Day in the Life of Aspire Scientific

June 8, 2016

The Aspire Scientific team have written in to say they’ve been hard at work from their various locations across the country on a number of exciting medical writing projects.

For Senior Medical Writer Jo Chapman, the day always starts with getting the kids to the school bus on time followed by a dog walk through the fields. Today, there were a few obstacles in her the way and they were not going to move! Once home and settled at her desk, Jo proceeded to provide support for a manuscript submission, compiling a list of all those last minute bits of information that are necessary but different for each journal! She then completed an article for the The Publication Plan, a free online news resource run by Aspire Scientific.


After waking up bright and early thanks to her 20-month old human alarm clock, Medical Writer Alice Wareham made the short commute up the stairs to begin reviewing a manuscript reporting preclinical data for a new drug formulation. In the afternoon, Alice helped finalise the first draft of manuscript assessing a new technology for measuring breathing disturbances in young children with asthma. She finished the day by taking a brisk walk through the beautiful countryside near her home in Shaftesbury, Wiltshire.


Today has been a day for doing lots of small but important jobs for Senior Medical Writer, Philippa Flemming. She started by checking figures that have been redrawn by our graphic designers for a manuscript about the use of a biosimilar in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. That done, she moved on to error read a piece of work that has been completed by one of our talented writers. This afternoon she will be concentrating on finishing off some lay summaries of recently published articles that Aspire have been involved with, as well as helping develop slides for an upcoming pitch. Philippa promises she wasn’t sunbathing when she took this picture from our office roof in beautiful Oxfordshire this lunchtime.


Today, Principal Medical Writer Louise Niven has been focussing on The Publication Plan, Aspire’s central online news resource for medical publication professionals. The day began by accepting requests from readers wishing to keep up to date with news from The Publication Plan through its dedicated LinkedIn group, followed by a quick search for any new and relevant stories that should be summarised for the site. She went on to write a special post to mark a Day in the Life of MedComms. This afternoon she has been reviewing the latest summaries written by her talented colleagues at Aspire… with a little help from a friend!


Working from our office in Oxfordshire, Director Rick Flemming has been reviewing a manuscript reporting preclinical data on a promising new analgesic drug that has recently progressed to late-stage clinical trials. Other jobs included preparing for the arrival of two new Aspire employees next week and discussing the company’s plans for our annual summer meeting. As you can see, it’s been a hot day in Stanford in the Vale!


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!


Life at Porterhouse Medical: Hear from the team

June 8, 2016

Members of the team at Porterhouse Medical have been giving their thoughts throughout the day on what life in MedComms means to them.







Some MedComms Day 2016 Highlights

June 8, 2016

More happy MedComms people at Prime Medical Group’s office in Knutsford today and yes, that’s more cake!

A full day’s work

June 8, 2016

Rachel Park of based in Zurich writes in to say…

Here at we’ve had a full day celebrating MedComms Day!

When medical communicators go shopping and we wonder why we get strange looks on the train…


Senior medical writers Michael and Randall, CEO Wesley and COO Frank missed out on pizza to fly to Copenhagen for EHA!

Some of our team in Zurich, Switzerland celebrated with a pizza party at lunch!


A vital part of our team, George, was hoping to go to EHA too!

Gaia, our scientific illustrator, worked hard on a sketch. In this technology driven world, there is still room to get creative with pencils and paper.


A day in the life of a medical writer

June 8, 2016

LisaLisa Jolly from Caudex reflects on her day in MedComms.

The sun is shining in Ashbourne this morning so I decide to take the scenic route through the Peak District to Macclesfield. When I get to the office, I make myself a coffee, read through my emails, and go through my to-do list for the day.

In addition to my ongoing assignments, I’m working on a few big projects this week across a couple of different therapeutic areas. Top of my priority list is a literature landscape analysis for an account that is run out of our New York office. The whole team is involved and I’m really enjoying working closely with our US colleagues.

Next, it’s time for a training session on a potential new drug. As this is a new therapy area for me, there’s a lot of new information to take in. This is one of the things I love most about MedComms, I’m able to satisfy my scientific curiosity while helping pharmaceutical companies to communicate important advances in patient care (plus I never have to step foot in a lab again!).

After lunch, it’s back to the landscape analysis, which is followed by an internal status call with the New York team to make sure that other projects are progressing. I then spend some time preparing for a call to discuss the development of an outline for an upcoming symposium, which is top of my to-do list for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to working on this project as it means I have the opportunity to go to a congress (yippee!). There’s still time to work on the landscape analysis and write this post before I head out to battle with the Macclesfield traffic. It looks like I’ll be leaving on time today, but I have a feeling this may change as the week progresses…

Caudex is a great place to work and being part of the wider McCann network means there is plenty of opportunity for collaboration. Although the Caudex team in Macclesfield team is quite small, it has grown considerably since I started here last November. As mum to two young boys, I find the relative calm of the office suits me well!

MedComms is a great industry to work in, my only regret is that I didn’t make the move from academia sooner. I love the fast-paced nature of the work, which can be both challenging and exhilarating. It’s a cliché, but no two days are ever the same.


Bringing data to life

June 8, 2016

Some of the Virgo Health team has been out and about all week filming top experts in haematology, using green screen technology to showcase data in the most engaging way possible.


A postcard from Chicago

June 8, 2016

Congratulations AMICULUM on your anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!

Chicago 2016 Photo Frame

A postcard from Princeton

June 8, 2016

Congratulations AMICULUM on your anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!

Princeton 2016 Photo Frame

A Day in the Life of an Account Executive

June 8, 2016

Olivia Goldring is an Account Executive in the Healthcare team at Ketchum, a global communications agency. She specialises in digital campaigns and has a BSc in Business Management with Communications. Olivia joined Ketchum on the James Maxwell Graduate Scheme in September 2014.

goldringIt’s a busy day here at the Ketchum London office. The sun is shining and lots of people have brought out the ‘summer wardrobe’ – everyone is clearly excited that summer has finally arrived.
The day started with a digital training session at LinkedIn’s offices on Oxford Street. I have a passion for digital communications and I love that I can bring this passion to healthcare and encourage the team and clients to experiment with social and digital.


Having returned from the training session, I sit down at my desk to write a content calendar for a disease-awareness campaign around arthritis that we are running for the second year in a row. I manage the account day-to-day, including our social channels, which involves writing all the content that will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and finding impactful images to go alongside it.

Following this, a few of the team sit down for a brainstorming session around 2017 plans for one of our big pharmaceutical clients and their respiratory drug. The focus is on the treatment phase for patients, as opposed to raising awareness of the disease. The great thing about brainstorms is that it allows for people outside the account team to bring fresh ideas to the table and provide some inspiration.

Some of the team are also preparing for a big medical congress on Friday, which one of my clients has a booth at. I’ll be attending along with some of my colleagues, to help out at my client’s booth, attend some of the talks and promote this year’s campaign. We’ve been busy pulling together lots of materials for the congress, including videos, banners and flyers, and ensuring our clients have everything they need. I’ll be live-tweeting from the congress on behalf of our client as well – no pressure!

Looks like another busy week ahead – but it’s much more exciting that way!

A Day in the Life of an Account Coordinator

June 8, 2016

sultanaJamia Sultana is an Account Coordinator at Inspired Science, a medical communications agency which is part of Ketchum Health.

Up and ready (after a number of countless teas and coffees) for a busy day at the Inspired Science offices!

I start my day by drafting an agenda for a catch-up client teleconference tomorrow, then I’m off to a referencing training session held by our very own medical writers!
Today, I am helping to run an online meeting where a multi-disciplinary team present a case study of a hepatitis C patient; organising a toolkit to coincide with a new data release for a respiratory drug and liaising with faculty for their flight arrangements to attend a congress on macular degeneration.

Inspired Science gave me my first role in medical communications and I have been working here since 2014 as an Account Coordinator. Every day is definitely different in the world of medical communications! I have worked on all kinds of projects, from standalone meetings attended by 600 physicians, to filming one-on-one interviews with physicians about their area of expertise.

As an Account Coordinator, my role varies by the day and I have learnt many new skills in project management, working with faculty, financial management and content creation.

My afternoon consists of trying to find filming rooms in London to coincide with a congress held in September, arranging delivery of our respiratory drug toolkit to 200 addresses and producing billing instructions for our current projects.

As the day comes to an end, I prepare my to-do list for the next day and fingers crossed we get a little more sunshine in London tomorrow!


Enjoying the afternoon sun

June 8, 2016

Sophie Jones from Spirit, in Didsbury near Manchester, writes…

Here at Spirit HQ we are lucky enough to be surrounded by gorgeous grounds and an on-site café offering BBQs when the weather is hot hot hot! And today, we have taken full advantage of our luck (and the weather!) and taken our meetings al fresco!



A postcard from Oxford

June 8, 2016

Congratulations AMICULUM on your anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!

Oxford 2016 Photo Frame

Lots of happy-looking #MedComms folks here – and lots more cake I see!

June 8, 2016

Here’s a taste of what the folks in the Oxford Pharmagenesis offices in Oxford, London and Philadelphia up to this #MedComms Day?