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    MedComms Networking - 01 November 2016


    I sometimes worry about being "late to the party". It was only this week I discovered Black Mirror. Have you watched any episodes yet? All the ones I've seen so far on Netflix have, in my opinion at least, been brilliantly executed! In many cases they focus on unintended consequences of technology that we're already taking for granted. Some of it's very believable. Trust me, I have two young boys and it's scary how they think about interacting with the world around them - or, maybe, that should be 'don't think'!

    Was it really only 2013 that Netflix started streaming video? Is it just me, or have services like this been transformative for your family life too? Have what you want, when you want it. Except when it isn't available, and then we're really, really, overly, hacked off because we want it and we want it now! Preferably for free or near-free.

    Yet we all work in and around a business that thinks nothing of spending months writing up data and then waiting more months for publication of that data, which is often then kept behind some sort of paywall for just a select few...

    With what consequences? Maybe we should write a script for Netflix.

    Tomorrow, we'll have three presentations about important current developments in STM publishing at our Brunch Club meeting in Oxford. Anyone can join us (please just ping me an email beforehand) - it's always going to be more useful to meet and chat with speakers in person - but otherwise we'll produce the webcasts as fast as we can to add to the growing library at - so watch this space. The three talks are as follows:

    The Perils and Pitfalls of Predatory Publishers by Jan Seal-Roberts, Adis, Springer Healthcare

    Digital Publishing Overview by Clare Shepherd, Adis, Springer Healthcare

    Recent Trends in Patient Involvement Initiatives by Caroline Halford, Adis, Springer Healthcare

    Meanwhile, in other news, I'm never happier than when I get feedback about the services we're providing. Last week Matt McGinley of inVentiv Medical Communications sent another message to our "Newbies" email list of people who want a job in MedComms, offering a short work experience opportunity. Matt sent me this comment today:

    Previously we've used temp agencies to fill gaps in particularly busy periods of time, helping to cover tasks such as referencing, fact checking etc. However, we've recently had a great deal of success by sending out messages to people who have registered on We offer people paid placements ranging from 2-8 weeks which gives them invaluable experience of working for a MedComms agency which they can put on their CV when searching for their first permanent job, whilst we get the benefit of working with bright, enthusiastic people who make an effort to impress. It's a clear win-win situation and one that we will look to use further as we go forward.

    If you can offer similar work experience opportunities do let me know, anytime.

    Enjoy your week everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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