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    Procuring MedComms - an insider's view

    In the lead up to the event we ran a simple, anonymous, online survey and collected responses from 61 specialists, which provided some interesting insights into the challenges the MedComms community face. The top line data was included in the presentation given by Peter Llewellyn below, but the full data set is freely accessible for you as indicated below. It is worth taking time to browse the many free text comments.

    Access data set here

    If you have any problems please contact Peter Llewellyn

    In recent years one of the most significant developments for agencies that provide MedComms services has been the increased influence of the Pharma procurement departments on the purchasing and supply process. Procurement specialists are seen by many as simply wanting to slash costs, but is that a fair judgement? Can MedComms services such as medical writing really be reduced to a commodity-based approach? Can it all simply be reduced to a cost per thousand words? Where's the magic? What's the cost of 'excellence'? Where's the 'partnership' we all hear about?

    At this event David Pilley talked as an insider about what the procurement specialists are aiming to achieve on their side, and specifically how they view MedComms services, and he lead a valuable discussion about how to work effectively with procurement departments from pitch through to delivery.

    As usual the meeting not only served as a valuable educational opportunity but also allowed plenty of time for networking with colleagues from across the MedComms business.

    Date: 3 December 2014

    Venue: The Tytherington Club, Dorchester Way, Tytherington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2JP [DIRECTIONS]


    15.30: Registrations and afternoon tea

    16.30: Welcome and objectives
    Ryan Woodrow, Aspire Scientific

    16.40: Pre-event survey results
    Peter Llewellyn, NetworkPharma


    17.00: The Insider's view
    David Pilley, David Pilley Consulting


    18.00: Wrap up and adjourn to the bar

    To make sure you're included in announcements about future events just email Peter Llewellyn, if you haven't already done so, to register your interest.


    This meeting was free to attend thanks to the generosity of the corporate sponsors.

    David Pilley is an independent consultant specialising in procurement of marketing and MedComms services and has long experience working for and consulting with big Pharma, such as AstraZeneca and GSK, and also for service side agencies.


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    Ashfield Healthcare Communications
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    Bioscript Group
    Carrot Pharma
    McCann Complete Medical
    Complete Medical Communications
    Fishawack Communications
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    Ginkgo Solutions
    Havas Lynx Medical
    inScience Communications
    KnowledgePoint360 Group
    MDS-CMG Inc
    MediTech Media
    Meridian HealthComms
    Mudskipper UK
    Owl Live
    The Prime Medical Group
    Reprints Plus
    Rx Communications
    Spirit Medical Communications
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