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    MedComms Networking - 29 March 2016


    Last week we had two useful meetings.

    The Sponsors gathered for some lively discussion and we've lots of ideas now spinning around for more that we can do between us. Having said which, annual sponsorship runs from 1 April through 31 March so just now I'm waiting on them to confirm they'll sponsor us again next year! Over the next week or so we'll see how things settle down and go from there but as I keep saying, it's a simple fact that without their support then none of all this could happen. So if you spot a Sponsor this week, please give them a hug!

    We also had another of our Feelancers' workshops. Many thanks to all involved, in particular to Jenny Fanstone, Clare Gurton, Jane Tricker and Corinne Swainger who ran the sessions and ensured we had our best workshop to date.

    One of the positive spin-offs from these workshops is we now have several Freelancers organising local informal gatherings. Following last week's event I'm delighted Jenny Fanstone has decided to try one here in Oxford so I'd encourage any Freelancers within striking distance to join her on the evening of 26 April at The Fishes in North Hinksey Village. Contact Jenny for details.

    The important news this week, though, is we've now posted the online version of the 2016 issue of our annual Careers Guide, From academic to medical writer: A guide to getting started in medical communications, which is freely available to all. Annick Moon helped us update the core text and once again we've included a wide range of personal profiles, quotes from new medical writers and an updated Agency Directory, which together provide an invaluable introduction to the MedComms business. Printed copies will be available shortly and if you want some let me know. Anyone can freely access the PDF file online anytime, of course, but I still take delight in freshly printed copies! The more we distribute this information the better for all of us.

    Importantly we're now attracting Sponsors for the new information resource at and first off their marks are AMICULUM and now Highfield:Communication. A huge thanks to them for helping kick-start this important new initiative. Please do let me know if you can help contribute to it. I'm looking for personal stories, interviews, videos, news of Open Days and more. This week we posted a new profile from Louise Niven, Principal Medical Writer at Aspire Scientific and I'd really like to have lots more. In particular, I'm looking for profiles from people who aren't writers so we show a greater range of the roles available. Let me know if you can help.

    Looking ahead, remember our first Brunch meeting is 4 May in Oxford. Details are yet to be finalised but it looks like we'll be talking publications and the role of medical writers and hearing what we missed if we aren't attending ISMPP's meeting in April. Watch this space...

    Have a good week everyone and stay safe.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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