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    MedComms Networking - 22 August 2017


    I was swamped by OOO responses last week and I'm expecting the same today. This community is still largely based in UK and Europe where lots of people take summer holidays far too seriously! And kids get far too much time off school! Anyway, I'm keen we reach out across the globe so encourage colleagues everywhere to explore the resources around There's plenty for everyone. Probably more than you realise.

    The free webcasts at clearly serve the global audience, we just need to continue building the numbers. Services like the MedComms Workbook, which helps MedComms freelancers work smarter and helps clients find specialist medical communications, education and publishing freelance support, should have no geographical boundaries any more. Having said which, it intrigues me how many times I'm told a UK client prefers a UK-based freelancer for work that can clearly be done remotely (the Workbook includes freelancers from all over the world and likewise we welcome clients from everywhere sending work opportunities out).

    The events are tricky, though. I'm still keen to encourage more people to organise local initiatives that I can support from here. I've got eyes on more activity in San Francisco, New York, Berlin and Singapore currently. And Cambridge in the UK? How many of you are based there? We're looking to start activities for you so let me know if you'll join in.

    If we can't meet face-to-face what more can we do? Our first Virtual MedComms Networking meeting, Virtual events; trends, best practices and avoiding pitfalls was successful, I think. Accepting one or two technical challenges. So we're now setting up our second Virtual MedComms Networking meeting, Scientific Meetings in the Digital Age; Overcoming Challenges at 13.00 BST on 18 October. We'll discuss new data from EPG Communications Group, based on surveys conducted with three respondent groups: healthcare professionals (HCPs), pharmaceutical industry professionals and service providers involved in scientific meetings. Once again we're lining up a panel of experts and the emphasis will be on encouraging the audience to ask questions and share experiences. Join us, from wherever in the world you are. Everyone's welcome. Please spread the word. Get some cake in and gather your team together and join in as a group. These virtual meetings are supported by Blue Sky eLearn.

    Meanwhile, Chris Rose, Head of Obesity at Novo Nordisk has just started an interesting thread on Linkedin about the value of transporting HCPs around the conference circuit. Any thoughts?

    As an aside I'm generally surprised how little is written about Sunshine Act analyses. Try this new article from the Chicago Tribune, Are drug firms paying your doctor?

    But we do need to keep meeting each other. Never more so than at the interface between academia and industry. Here's a shout out for a local free meeting of The ARUK Oxford Early Career Network in Reading on 6 September. If you go please bang the drum for careers in MedComms and point everyone at

    Meanwhile, enjoy your week.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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