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    MedComms Networking - 18 September 2018


    First off, many thanks to all who participated in last week's Open Careers event in Manchester. Another very successful event.

    Following hard on its heels we'll now run our first 'proper' free Webinar, using Zoom, for wannabes at 12.00 BST this coming Thursday, 20 September. All about the Allegro training programme from Ashfield Healthcare Communications (AHC) is free to attend and will feature Katie Johnson, Talent Acquisition Associate from Ashfield, who will talk us through the programme and the recruitment process, and then answer questions from the audience. It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and specifically for those who are looking for entry-level opportunities in medical writing, so please help spread the word.

    All being well, we'll now run regular such Zoom webinars for wannabes and if you want to know more about how to be involved just give me a shout at any time.

    My intention is to run many more virtual type activities over the coming months, using different approaches and platforms, and I'm delighted that our next MedComms Networking Virtual event, Medical communications for emerging versus established markets is coming together nicely. Supported by Blue Sky eLearn as usual, I'm running this one with Healthcare21 Communications and the panel is now complete; Pascal Rufi, Medical Multiple Sclerosis Lead from Sanofi-Genzyme has now confirmed he will join Genevieve Chase, Client Services Lead, HealthCare21 Singapore, Stephen Doyle GM Head of China and Global Head of Commercial Operations at ASLAN Pharmaceuticals and Sally Stringer, Scientific Director, HealthCare21 Communications on the panel. Once again, the emphasis in the meeting will be on encouraging the audience to ask questions and share their own experiences. Join us, from wherever in the world you are. Everyone welcome. Please help spread the word. Get some cake in and gather your team together and join in as a group.

    Meanwhile, what about more suggestions to accompany the cake at your next coffee break:

    I trust you all saw Ben Goldacre's new article last week in The BMJ, Compliance with requirement to report results on the EU Clinical Trials Register: cohort study and web resource. It's noteworthy how many commentators then focused on the poor performance of the academic institutions and - almost - found themselves praising the pharmaceutical industry for doing so well! Here's the Daily Mail's take on the matter!

    Also these about involving patients in publishing journal articles; Perspectives on involvement in the peer-review process: surveys of patient and public reviewers at two journals from BMJ Open and Better together: patient partnership in medical journals from The BMJ.

    This one was a powerful plea for more open access publishing; Scientific publishing is a rip-off. We fund the research - it should be free.

    And Everyone's a copywriter. Right? is worth us all reading.

    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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