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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!


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.


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!


Yay – another new client!

June 8, 2016

It’s a successful day for Corinne Swainger, Freelance medical writer.

I’m celebrating a day in the life of MedComms after a successful meeting with a new client in SW London regarding copywriting and consulting for an unbranded EU campaign. I’m now at Waterloo Underground station, heading home to Harrow, Middlesex in time to attend a parents’ meeting at my son’s school. This should be interesting: finding out the best ways to help him study for his new GCSEs. Who said meetings were boring?


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’


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


A postcard from Dubai

June 8, 2016

Evida, led by Khaled Musallam, is the latest company to join AMICULUM which reaches its 15th anniversary this week. Enjoy the celebrations!


Connectivity is everywhere now!

June 8, 2016

marchington1Great stuff. When the connectivity works. Earlier from the BA lounge at Heathrow. Now from the plane… Jackie Marchington of Caudex is finding she can update us each step of the way as she goes now.



Flying high

June 8, 2016

heathrow1Jackie Marchington of Caudex is off crossing timelines today so hopefully we’ll get an update later, once she’s “stateside”. Travel safe, Jackie.

Morning all. Just caught up with overnight email from the BA lounge in T3. Nothing too drastic, but have had some additional “plane homework” to keep me occupied between here and Dallas. I have the unusual pleasure of flying business class today – courtesy of a late decision for me to attend, and BC was the only available option. Therein lies a lesson in planning (though actually, I don’t mind at all).
My plane homework consists of reviewing all the scientific services account assignments and updating the recruitment list; mugging up on the content for the team I’m going onsite to support; looking at some strategy documents to feed up to the next level in McCann Health; and updating my next few sessions for the trainee writers who have just started with us. Should keep me quiet J
Right. I’m about to trot off to the gate (which of course, is as far from the lounge as it’s possible to be) so will check in later. I have a hideously tight connecting flight, so won’t be updating you on that segment of my trip.

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.



The Caudex team unwinding after an exciting first day at EULAR in Rome.

June 10, 2015

From left to right: Steve Moore, Jamie Cahiwat, Andrea Plant, Laura Hibbler, Carolyn Tubby.


Another plane beckons

June 10, 2015

Mark Loughlin, a Senior Medical Writer at NexGen Healthcare Communications is about to take off… 


“It’s fab up north”

June 10, 2015

The last lot from the lovely team at AMICULUM. These from Bollington.

We have:

  • Mudskipper’s Betty en route to Vienna
  • The AMICULUM Digital team enjoying the Cheshire sunshine
  • Some of Delta Kn’s specialists in healthcare learning actually enjoying a meeting about analytics
  • Our favourite Mudskipper Kiwis, Keri and Helene, smiling surely just because it’s MedComms Day
  • Birthday girl, Carmen, hopefully about to share at least a little of that cake
  • “Duckling watch” at the Boathouse
  • The team in Bollington downing tools for a well-deserved lunch break


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…


Conferences; lots and lots of conferences in MedComms

June 10, 2015

This just in from iS Health Group.

Here are two of our team of five at this year’s European Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Brussels – where we are assisting with an advisory board, an exhibition booth and a satellite symposium over the next 3 days.


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!


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!





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!).



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!



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…



Keeping the stamina up with a Guinness or two…

June 11, 2014

This just in from Anna MacDougall at Springer Healthcare

Bryce McMurray and Jon Roberts from inScience Communications are currently en route back from Dublin, where last night they took the opportunity to sample a pint or two of Guinness (it would be rude not to). inScience Communications were at CBI’s Publication and Clinical Trial Disclosure event on Monday and Tuesday, both attending sessions and exhibiting.

The event focused around the latest changes in the regulatory and disclosure landscape that involves both publication experts and clinical trial disclosure personnel. Lots of interesting discussion was held around the practicalities of data reporting and the interface with publications.

Meanwhile, back at base in Chester most of the inScience Communications team are out at meetings this week. We have teams in Warsaw, Nice, Athens and London with further trips abroad next week. Spring congress season is keeping us very busy this year and we are all clocking up the air miles.


Jon and Bryce inScience Dublin BoothJon and Bryce inScience Dublin