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    MedComms Networking - 05 September 2017


    It's a busy time in MedComms again, but hopefully in amongst everything else you'll take advantage of our many MedComms Networking activities and services.

    We start with another Brunch Club meeting, tomorrow in Oxford. These are always quite informal. The priority is to film the presentations to add to our collection of free webcasts at but it's always worth meeting with the speakers if you can. Tomorrow we've a compliance theme, with Sarah Dunnett talking about web sites and about new regulations in the medical devices industry, and Andrew Winterburn talking about medical meetings. Oh, and lunch is on me as well. Let me know if you're coming.

    Importantly next week we've our next Careers event in Manchester. My thanks go to the many of you who are supporting that. These days we get nearly as many MedComms folks attending as we get wannabes, and they're great fun as well as frankly being very useful. If you know anyone who's interested in a career in MedComms please encourage them to attend.

    The week after that we've another of our Sponsors' Meetings. This time we're in London and we'll be joined by Marie-Claire Pickaert, Deputy Director General at EFPIA, which should make for an interesting discussion. If you've any suggestions for questions you'd like us to ask her then let me know. That will be followed by another of our 6-monthly Freelancers' meetings, which are always hugely useful to those who attend. If any of you are thinking of making the move to freelancing do check out the MedComms Workbook service.

    And so on. Lots happening. And I'm always interested in your suggestions for more activities.

    Meanwhile, here's some suggestions for your next coffee break.

    This one is worth reading for oh, so many reasons... Medical Journals Have a Fake News Problem. They add the headline; "With help from drug companies, Omics International is making millions as it roils the scientific community with sketchy publications.", which seems frankly unreasonable.

    And this one is plain scary I think, aside from the comparisons with pharmaceutical industry practices; Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

    Finally this might be of interest if you work in a UK-based company. Tom Malcolm, Work Placements Assistant Manager, at The Challenge has been in touch to say they've recently been commissioned by the Department for Education to design and pilot a new model for student work placements, which the government is planning to roll out nationally as a mandatory component of the upcoming new technical qualification, known as t-levels. Their Applied Science course includes preparing learners for work in writing, editing and proofreading of scientific publications. Would anyone be interested in hosting a skilled student for a 40 day placement? More details are here or email Tom on

    Enjoy your week! If, like me, you feel like you're losing the ability to cope with everything that's going on in your life, this is worth listening to; It's not busyness but bandwidth.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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