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    MedComms Networking - 30 January 2018


    First, kudos to the organisers of last week's European Meeting of The International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), which was their biggest yet apparently. Alongside some very good presentations and two particularly good Key Note addresses (Mohammad Al-Ubaydli of PatientsKnowBest and then Andy Powrie-Smith of EFPIA) we even had really quite unusually open discussion in some sessions! There's never enough of that in my opinion. I particularly enjoyed the OpenPharma session led by Richard Smith when it really did seem like change was coming for medical publishing. Shire chose the moment to announce they'll now mandate - yes, mandate - open access publication of all their research data.

    You might also like to read Richard's Blog, posted straight after the meeting; The hypocrisy of medical journals over transparency.

    For more highlights, join us at next week's Brunch Club meeting in Oxford on 7 February, which will feature summaries from members of Aspire Scientific's team (the guys who publish regular news for medical publications professionals at The Publication Plan). We'll film the talks for but, as always, you're welcome to join us.

    Meanwhile, after last week's launch of our new careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management, written by Lindsey Heer, we're now working on the next issue (the 10th!) of our original guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, written by Annick Moon. Once again we'll update the Profile Pages and the directory of Ads and, of course, we're looking for more short quotes from any of you on the writing and editorial side of MedComms, starting "I work in MedComms..." and finishing how you like. We'll publish as many as we can. If you'd like your agency to feature in this year's issue then contact me ASAP as we're fast running out of space.

    Please, everyone, help spread the word about the guides. It helps us all to encourage more good people into MedComms. Both careers guides can be downloaded freely, any time, from and printed copies of both are available until stocks run out.

    There's lots more happening. Importantly, our 3rd MedComms Networking Virtual Event is on 1 March when we'll talk about Digital features in medical publications: Where are we now? The presentation this time will be from Caroline Halford, Digital Publishing Manager for Springer Healthcare and we're just now finalising the expert panel, which we now know comprises Daniel Portsmouth from Boehringer Ingelheim, Debbie Wolinsky of Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Cliff Wyatt of HealthCare21 Communications. Final details and bios are being posted as we get them this week, but do feel free to register now - the more the merrier!.

    Enjoy your week. Don't forget to complete our #MedComms Barometer 2018 before Wednesday night, and remember to send me your own news along the way. I'm keen to get it all. Did you know inScience Communications now have a 3rd UK location? Knutsford is getting busy!


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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