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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 20 October 2020


    Last week's webinar provided useful insights into working life for regulatory medical writers and some contrasts with what we'd more typically think of as MedComms medical writing. Many thanks to Kelly Smith and Amy Ball from Insight Medical Writing for joining in. The recording is freely available here. You can also read the latest issue of the annual FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, which we published in September, "A writer's role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing" authored by Debbie Brix Reynolds. Please share details with anyone who wants to understand more about medical writing careers.

    Meanwhile, this week is the 2020 International Open Access Week (19-25 October), a global, community-driven week of action organised by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), who aim to make 'open' the default for research and education.

    This Wednesday's webinar will be a panel session - Publishing open access saves lives. Chris Winchester (Oxford PharmaGenesis), Durhane Wong-Rieger (the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders), Valerie Philippon (Takeda) and Gavin Sharrock (Wiley) will discuss what's happening about open access across the pharma industry and how you can make a difference within your organization.

    The weekly webinars continue to cover a broad range of relevant topics and my thanks go to everyone who's stepping up and joining in. If you've ideas for topics and speakers, please let me know. Here's what's coming up...

  • 28 October 2020 - The future of medcomms including congresses in a post COVID-19 era - what have we learnt so far this year? How well has everyone "pivoted" to deliver a virtual experience? Have we gone past a point of no return?

  • 4 November 2020 - Equity, diversity and inclusion in MedComms. What's to discuss? - there's plenty of commentary about EDI initiatives, but little that specifically addresses MedComms businesses. Can we catalyse a meaningful discussion?

  • 11 November 2020 - FirstMedCommsJob: Working in MedComms at Brandcast Health - with its roots firmly in video and all things digital, this year is proving busy for Brandcast. Join us to find out what MedComms means to them.

  • And so on...

    Finally, today, a brief shout out for the specialist freelancers. It's been a tough year for many, but recently we've seen record numbers of work opportunities going out to the subscribers of the MedComms Workbook service. If you're thinking about taking the leap, you can do worse than read another of our careers guides, Making it my own business: a guide to being a freelance writer in MedComms authored by Kathryn White.

    Kathryn has now launched a new online workshop, Mind your Freelance Business: how to manage your business effectively for those who are new to freelancing or thinking about starting, with a particular emphasis on medical communications. The first date is Monday 23 November.

    Remember, details of all 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.

    Stay safe and well, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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