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    MedComms Networking - 10 April 2018


    First a big shout out to everyone involved in last week's Brunch Club meeting. So, another three webcasts have been added to our growing library at - and that's nearly 100 free videos now for access by anyone, anywhere at any time. Enjoy. Please let me know if you have suggestions for topics or speakers for future talks (feel free to volunteer yourselves!). Our next Brunch Club meeting is on 2 May and, so far, features Eugene Pozniak of European CME Forum and Siyemi Learning talking about medical education in Europe and Adrian Brown of Adrian Brown Consulting talking about pitching for business.

    The latest webcasts, then, are as follows:

    Introduction to patient-centricity in medcomms - Lauri Arnstein, Patient Partnership Liaison at Envision Pharma Group, reflects on the movement within pharma to involve patients at every stage of the medicines development lifecycle, and the many opportunities for patient involvement in medcomms activities. (11.36 minutes)

    The evolving medical affairs function - Helen Kane, Founder and Managing Director of PIVOT MSL, describes how medical affairs departments have evolved and are now uniquely placed to engage as strategic and trusted scientific partners in support of healthcare professionals and their patients (17.14 minutes).

    The role of the MSL in the 21st century life science industry - Helen Kane, Founder and Managing Director of PIVOT MSL, outlines the valuable role of the medical scientific liaison (MSL), the external face of medical affairs, as a scientific conduit between healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry (18.45 minutes).

    The importance of acknowledging the place of the patients at the centre of all we do is a common theme of these new webcasts, and indeed of so much of what's presented these days. You may all be interested in reading the latest issue of pharmaphorum's Deep Dive, Patient Centricity II.

    Meanwhile, here are some more miscellaneous suggestions for your next tea break.

  • The Digitally Sick team are back together and last week's podcast discussed where we were, what we have done and the future for digital in pharma

  • The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) have just published their third salary survey in their journal, Medical Writing. I think some caution is required when interpreting the data but, as far as I know, there's nothing else publically available.

  • And did you see this one, highlighted in The Publication Plan - An algorithm to police figure duplication? Amazing what technology allows nowadays.

    Hopefully we'll hear more about technology impacting on our work in Knutsford on 25 April at our next free MedComms Networking event, Current pitfalls and opportunities in medical communications. Everyone's welcome. We've plenty of room so do join us and please help spread the word amongst all relevant others.

    Have a great week. By the way if you know anyone looking for a job in medical writing - as well as recommending they check out - they may be interested in EMWA's Internship Forum and specifically their next forum meeting in Barcelona on 3 May.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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