Puppy sidekicks

June 6, 2018

Our first puppy photo here today comes from Lauri Arnstein, Patient Partnership Liaison at Envision Pharma Group. Ah bless! Flexible working has all sorts of advantages…

Hello from sunny London – today I’m working from home with my trusty puppy sidekick (if only she could do admin as well as she chases balls…)

My role as Patient Partnership Liaison at Envision Pharma Group is incredibly varied – today I have been handling project management for the team, writing a newsletter, planning an internal training program and thinking about our next piece of patient-focused research. The area of patient involvement in drug development and medcomms is growing rapidly, and is an exciting space to watch!

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It’s slighty bonkers over on Twitter

June 6, 2018

For a community that is generally so quiet on Twitter, you’re not doing badly today. And all the cakes are looking great!

Here’s just a selection of agencies that have been tweeting in the past hour… go #MedComms !

@Complete_MC + @AxonComms + @SynergyVision + @PorterhouseMed + @AshfieldHealth + @InspiredSci + @Fishawack + @Complete_hv + @ResoluteTweets + @AMICULUM_global + @SciMentum + @cellohealth + @JBAshtin + @comradis_biz + @cognitomedical + @AdelphiComms + @RealSciCom + @AxonComms + @GCC_latest + @spirit_med + @MediTech_Media + @OxPharmaGenesis + @NucleusGlobal and more.

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Floating vintage bookstore brightens the day!

June 6, 2018

Evelina Matekonyte, an Associate Medical Writer at inScience Communications, describes her #MedComms day.

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My day at work starts with a cup of coffee (the best cure for grumpy mornings!) and a freshly baked croissant from our lovely in-house café. While I rush through the front door, the guard gives me his warmest “good morning”, which always brightens my mood and starts my day on a good note. When I get to my desk, first thing I do is sort through my flooded inbox while at the same time prioritizing tasks for the day. My schedule looks quite busy for the day: a status call with a client, a concept meeting to discuss upcoming publication and a looming deadline for the poster submission to the congress. However time goes incredibly fast when I get stuck in with the projects that are genuinely interesting to me. The role is definitely challenging and no day is the same, however I see every challenge as an incredible opportunity to learn and grow, especially when the knowledge and skills that I gain are so rewarding.

Around 12.30 my focus is interrupted by the smell of the coffee and lunch lingering around the office. Usually we all grab some food from the canteen and eat lunch together, however today, as the weather is nice outside, we decide to go for a walk to the beautiful Granary Square located just few minutes from the office. The atmosphere here is refreshing, with groups of people from the neighbouring offices sitting together on the grass, sunbathing, reading and just enjoying their time off. As we walk by the canal, we come across a bookstore on a boat full of vintage books, journals and old vinyl records! We are warmly greeted by the owner and his dog, lazily stretching in the sun. Even though I resist the urge to buy something in this quirky bookstore, it is definitely one of the highlights and great finds of the day.

Taking eyes (and brain) off the computer screen for an hour definitely serves me well – the work from this point onwards feels like a piece of cake. Revising a poster and addressing author’s comments is my last task for today.

I end up my day by reminding myself how happy and grateful I am to be working with such a great and supporting team in a company where every concern is heard and every opinion matters.

Lots to discuss at the quarterly update meeting

June 6, 2018

Anna MacDougall, Marketing Manager at inScience Communications has written to say this meeting is happening right now! Look carefully and you can see plentiful supplies of biscuits and cakes so I guess they’re in for the afternoon.

It’s the inScience Communications quarterly update meeting today. The Chester office assembles to hear what’s going on as we get to the half year point. Lots to talk about! We are welcoming 13 new staff members around the group and looking to the second half of the year.

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Fun in the sun

June 6, 2018

Another great view. This one from Kelly Farrell, Editorial Team Lead at InspiredScience in London.

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Those who are in the office on this MedComms day take a short and well-earned break to welcome new team members on our lovely rooftop terrace in Bankside! This day finds Team Inspired Science managing a portfolio of medical education activities in therapy areas including gastroenterology, mental health, oncology, ophthalmology, respiratory disease and rheumatology. We are busy this week with the late stage development of an oncology webinar and masterclass series, thought leader filming preparations for EULAR, respiratory advertorials and the drafting of an Iranian ophthalmology manuscript – pretty diverse we think you will agree! Team Inspired Science is having an exciting 2018 so far, and we are looking forward to continuing meaningful work that makes a difference to people’s lives. Strategic savvy, scientific strength, creative curiosity and dynamic delivery: We’ve got it all going on!

Bringing up Bébé in the Industry

June 6, 2018

We’re getting moving in the USA now. Crystal Hanington is Senior Account Manager at inScience Communications in Philadelphia.

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“Alexa, play Lullaby Renditions of Led Zeppelin, by Rockabye Baby.” Some variation of that phrase now starts and ends every work day. If you’ve never heard these records, they are familiar in that these are typically quite popular songs by well-known artists, and brand new in that they are completely instrumental, made – you guessed it – with little ears in mind. They bridge the gap between kid- and adult-friendly music.

If I haven’t already let the cat out of the bag, I’m a new mother. The arrival of my son late last year brought with it the usual suspects – sleepless nights, endless worry, and doubt that creeps in reminiscent of John Carpenter’s The Fog. What it also brought, however, was incredible support from my company; inScience Communications, a brand of Springer Healthcare; and from my colleagues and managers. There was the initial excitement shared with all when announcing that I was expecting, coupled with immediate and ongoing support from management, and Human Resources. As his arrival approached, there was an unbelievable outpouring of support and well-wishes received from colleagues and managers. Now that I am back to work full-time, following leave, the support continues in the form of company policies that foster a healthy work-life-balance, and encourage me to set new professional goals to enhance my position here; Senior Account Manager, Client Services.

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Freelancer medical writer on board

June 6, 2018

Sarah Smith, freelance medical writer, set sail from the UK some years ago and hasn’t looked back. You can work from anywhere in the world with MedComms!

Morning everyone! I’ve just got up here on our boat (our home and my office) in not-so-sunny Grenada. I have a morning working on a writing project and a BBQ on the beach planned for this afternoon. At least if it rains the rain will be warm!

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Life can be a beach sometimes!

June 6, 2018

Julia Davies is a freelance editor.

Greetings from sunny Worthing! Today, like most days, is a day of juggling… editing projects from various clients, studying for my coaching diploma, a quick session at the gym, and an all-important break at the beach. I’ve been editing for over 10 years, and I particularly appreciate the flexibility and variety of freelancing; it enables me to do a job I love alongside my studies, as well as mostly (!) managing to achieve that elusive work–life balance. I love hearing from others around the world on MedComms Day and seeing how flexible and full of variety our industry is!

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Helping clients change the world

June 6, 2018

This year on #MedComms Day 2018, the team at Caudex would like to share how they, as a Medical Communications agency, help their clients change the world.

Delivering news for publication professionals

June 6, 2018

Hannah Mace, Scientific Director at Aspire Scientific helps run The Publication Plan, a free news service for publication professionals.

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#MedComms Day at The Publication Plan is as busy and varied as usual! We began the day by catching up on the latest goings on at #PubPlan and #medcomms on Twitter; always a great way to find out what’s on the minds of our colleagues and peers across medical publishing. Later in the morning, we checked in with our Facebook followers to update them on the day’s activities. Next up was a post on our LinkedIn group to find out what our members will be doing to mark the day, as well as an article on our website to remind everyone how they can get involved.

After lunch we’ll turn to our ‘usual’ content moderation — reviewing and editing the articles on medical publications news that have been submitted by our talented bunch of writers. From preprints to predatory publishing, and patient centricity to open access, our team covers the length of breadth of medical publishing news, which makes for an interesting afternoon’s reading! Later on we’ll take a comprehensive look across the web and bring together the latest hot topics, debates, guideline updates and upcoming events. With such a range of discussions and activities going on in medical publishing we aim to bring everything together for our readers. Then we’ll round off the day with a final look at the musings of our medical publishing community on Twitter!

Follow The Publication Plan at: http://thepublicationplan.com; via Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1886265; Twitter: https://twitter.com/publicationplan; and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepublicationplan/

Is that more cake I see before me?

June 6, 2018

A brief reminder that MedComms Day 2018 is being sponsored by Concise (thanks again, guys). Caroline Buttery, their Head of BD and Marketing, has just written in to support the importance of cake in agency life, which is currently getting a lot of mentions over on Twitter! Of the many that have made an appearance on the #MedComms twitter stream so far today, I think we have to agree theirs is the best iced cake so far, but we’ve a long day ahead of us still…

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MedComms by the numbers

June 6, 2018

Krish Kapoor, a medical writer at Cello Health Cypher has put together a little infographic showing how her time has broken down over the two years since moving into MedComms. How does it compare with your experience?

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Happy MedComms day from Ubud, Bali!

June 6, 2018
Margot Baldwin, a freelance Zinc-er and expert in Vault Promomats is feeling the heat.
I’m writing this from the sweltering and beautiful co-working space that is Hubud in Ubud, Bali. Today’s activities include eating delicious food, swimming and a quick massage before it’s back to the grindstone (or is it really….?) to work. The most stressful part of my day is making sure that the (extremely bold) monkeys steer clear of my computer, electrical equipment (and, of course, food!) Oh and I mustn’t forget to mention the extreme festivities of Galungan descending upon me, assaulting and delighting all of the senses. Galungan is the extended Balinese holiday celebrating the victory of good over evil. So no biggie then.

Quite a juxtaposition to this time last year, when I was huddled over my laptop in sub zero temperatures of Edinburgh. A completely different beauty surrounded me then, as did a vastly different culture and climate. This is why I love freelancing so much – I never know where I’ll be one year to the next.

The REALLY great news, is that I can provide an overnight service for all my UK clients. It’s win-win for everyone!

There goes the thunder

June 6, 2018

Did you hear it – the #MedComms Day thunder at 12.00 BST? Thanks everyone who supported today’s thunderclap. We ran it a bit tight though! Only meeting our meagre target just 19 minutes before the deadline!

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Hard at it in Macclesfield

June 6, 2018

Kerry Acheson, Editorial Director of Paragon, a Prime Global agency has shared this photo of the team, hard at work.

We’re editing abstracts, booking experts’ flights for an ad board, planning 2019 finance concepts, formatting slides and communicating with our colleagues in our other offices across the globe!

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No more commuting for Alice

June 6, 2018

Alice Wareham is Senior Medical Writer at Aspire Scientific.

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One of the big differences for me after I moved into the exciting world of medical writing three years ago was the flexibility it brought to my life. It wasn’t something I considered much in my previous job as a research scientist, although the hour-long commute into work was always a pet hate of mine. Now, I work full-time from home and at Aspire I can fit my hours in to suit me.

Today, as always, I get up nice and early to spend some time with my son before I start work at half seven. I’m an early bird so although this might sound like hell for some people, its perfect for me and lets me work when I’m at my most productive (after a coffee, of course!). Today started with some good news. A review article I have been working on has been accepted for publication! This is the culmination of almost 7 months work, which I have been a part of from the beginning; from carrying out the initial literature searches and preparing materials for a face-to-face meeting with the authors through to developing drafts in consultation with the authors, submission of the article, peer review and finally acceptance. After sharing this good news, I moved onto one of my current projects; creating a poster for an upcoming conference. The timelines for this are tight and will be my focus for most of the day so that it can be returned to the client for review by the time I finish work around 3–3:30pm. Time to pick up the little one up from nursery and still practically half the day left for some quality family time.

On a train to London

June 6, 2018

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.

Greetings from a freelancer in Sweden!

June 6, 2018

Another great view from Kris Rydholm Överby.

This year, MedComms Day falls on our Swedish National Day Holiday! Everyone is enjoying bright sunshine and lovely weather as we proudly display the Swedish flag at home. 

Not too much holiday rest for this freelancer, however! I have a number of projects I am working on today: 

– Developing an educational slide deck for the innovative Swedish CPS 6000 system, which monitors negative and positive air pressures in isolation rooms and operating theatres

– Editing a review article for a Future Medicine journal

– Translation from Swedish to English of Medicvent product materials for evacuation of nitrous oxide, surgical smoke and anesthesia gases

Greetings from me to everyone on MedComms Day from Sigtuna, Sweden, founded by the Viking Erik the Victorious in the year 980. I will go back to work now so we can light the barbecue and celebrate Swedish National Day later this afternoon!

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