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    MedComms Networking - 06 November 2018


    More good news. I'm delighted to give a big shout out to another new Sponsor. Irene Boog and the team at nspm have stepped forward and once again, huge kudos to them. And to all the current Sponsors. Without them I simply couldn't do all this in the way we do it; making so much valuable resource so freely accessible to so many. Everyone working in and around MedComms benefits.

    And so much for the wannabes, as well. Last week we ran another of our unique FirstMedCommsJob workshops led by John Dixon, "Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect". Once again it was fully sold out and very successful. All 10 attendees confirmed they'd happily recommend it. So we've booked another for 13 February 2019. Please spread the word.

    The ideal is to run such training events face-to-face (many thanks go to Julia Walton and her team at Media Contacts for hosting these one day FirstMedCommsJob events in London) but it would be great to open up the training more widely. So, we're working on a virtual approach using the platform, which we reckon will work well and we'll test it shortly. If you're looking to work in MedComms then be sure to sign up to the FirstMedCommsJob alert and stay up-to-date with all such developments, as well as news of internships, jobs, work opportunities and more.

    We're already planning a host of activities for 2019, both "real world" and online, but before we get too excited about new year celebrations, we've a few weeks yet of 2018. Please join us if you can at our Meet the Publishers meeting in Oxford on 5 December. Yes, we'll film the talks for, but this is a unique opportunity to question a panel of journal publishers about future developments. We'll then enjoy mince pies and champagne with Stgilesmedical on 18 December in London, while talking about Optimising training for medical writers.

    Meanwhile, for your next coffee break...

    If you can survive the initial "data dump" there's some interesting points from Thomas Sullivan, Editor in Chief at Policy and Medicine in this archived webinar from qordata; Examine Trends Over Four Full Years of Open Payments Data. As he says, if he can gather this much working on a shoestring, imagine what's coming now the CSM has commissioned Econometrica to analyse the data in depth. More media coverage about payments to doctors, maybe?

    The STM Report: An overview of scientific and scholarly publishing (2018) is packed full of good insights.

    And #WeWontRest: The benefits of giving pharma a face is a reminder from pharmaphorum of what it's all about. The #WeWontRest campaign has been translated into over 20 languages and reached more than 50 million people in 27 countries around the world. Kudos to Andy Powrie-Smith and the team at EFPIA.

    Enjoy your week. Remember, details of our activities are kept bang up-to-date at or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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