I work in publications management…

Screenshot 2020-11-02 at 16.32.28

Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional (published October 2020)  we invited people working in publications management with the Sponsors, Envision Pharma Group, to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in publications management not only to be engaged in the science, but for the opportunity to work with medical experts to distil key points from complex information and tailor its presentation to the audience for the most effective communication.”

Kathryn Condon, Scientific Director and Team Lead, Envision Pharma Group

“I work in publications management because the scientist in me loves that there is always something new to learn (and that I can do this without lifting a pipette!); because there is endless variety, therapy areas, projects, clients, experts and challenges; because I get to partner with clients in big pharma and speak with experts all over the world; and most importantly, because everything requires teamwork – the sense of camaraderie is profound.”

Gary Dever, Portfolio Director & Team Lead, Envision Pharma Group Continue reading

Careers guide – Ensuring timely dissemination of research

publications_management_cover_365x517Ensuring timely dissemination of research: a guide to working as a medical publications professional

By Dr John P Gonzalez CMPP, 1st edition published October 2020

The aim of this guide is to provide an overview of medical publications management. As well as explaining the processes and the regulatory environment, we provide a number of profiles from specialist medical publications professionals that give valuable insights into the various different roles involved to help you determine if you’d like to join the team.

The 1st edition of this careers guide about working as a medical publications professional is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in October 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

This issue includes six personal profiles written by medical publications professionals, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Envision Pharma Group.

Continue reading

FirstMedCommsJob: Meet the agencies in September 2020

In this webinar, we’re joined by Jane Smith (AMICULUM), Rebecca Douglas (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Karen Kent (Envision Pharma Group), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health) and Petula Coutinho (Oxford PharmaGenesis), to talk about the different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects. We look back on the experiences of recruitment during the pandemic and consider implications for the future. And we answer questions from the audience.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 30 September 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv Continue reading

Careers guide – A writer’s role in drug development

regulatory_writers_cover_369x525A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing

By Dr Debbie Brix Reynolds, 2nd edition published September 2020

This guide aims to provide an insight into regulatory medical writing with a focus on drug development as opposed to medical devices, although writers work in both areas. It explores the roles and attributes of the writer, tips on winning your first regulatory writing role and help in deciding whether this would be the career for you, drawing comparisons with working in MedComms.

The 2nd edition of this careers guide about regulatory medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in September 2020, and it will now be updated every year.

Pubication of this careers guide has been supported by Insight Medical Writing. Continue reading

I work in HEOR/market access…

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 09.20.06Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing (published June 2020)  we invited people working in HEOR/market access to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in HEOR/market access as I am continuously able to build my skills and challenge myself to combine science, creativity and commercial experience to provide strategic guidance and support clients’ needs, which is very rewarding.”

Kate Anstee, Associate Value Consultant at Adelphi Values | PROVE

“I work in HEOR/market access as I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of projects. From costed-pathway tools to launch programmes to pricing research, I have an opportunity to help patients gain access to medications whilst continually learning in my role.”

Sonika Awasthy, Market Access Consultant at OPEN VIE (part of the OPEN Health Group) Continue reading

Careers guide – HEOR and market access medical writing 3rd Edition

heor_guide_cover_369x524Evidence generation and communication: a guide to getting started in HEOR/market access medical writing

By Linda Harrison, 3rd edition published June 2020 [Download your copy

This guide focuses on medical writing roles in the HEOR/market access arenas, but will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand more about the business of ensuring access to new medicines and devices for patients. If you have an interest in the commercial aspects of healthcare delivery and in helping deliver value to patients, a passion for writing and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, then working in HEOR/market access might be for you. This guide will provide you with an in-depth introduction to this specialist area.

This issue includes eight personal profiles written by current specialists in leading HEOR/market access companies, describing their personal journeys and the day-to-day work they now do.

The third edition of this careers guide about HEOR and market access medical writing is freely available here, published by Burntsky Ltd in June 2020, and it will now be updated every year. Continue reading

Meet the MedComms agencies panel session 2020

In this webinar, we’re joined by Matt Evans (AMICULUM), Katie Johnson (Ashfield Healthcare Communications), Diane Sutherland (Fishawack Health), Anne Clare Wadsworth (Envision Pharma Group), Elena Mills (Helios Medical Communications) and Paul Farrow (Oxford PharmaGenesis) who answer questions from the audience. They talk about the different roles within their teams, what they look for in entry-level staff, what training is provided and what are the career prospects. This video is one of several we recorded, including a series of individual agency presentations, at our Meet the Agencies event in May 2020.

It should be of interest to anyone who is looking for insights in to MedComms as a career and how to maximise their chances of gaining an entry-level job.

Recorded 18 May 2020 as a MedComms Networking webinar. Produced by NetworkPharma.tv
Continue reading

I work in MedComms…

Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 07.29.57

Whilst preparing the new issue of our latest careers guide, The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management (published January 2020)  we invited people working in account management positions in MedComms to tell us why they are doing so….

“I work in MedComms as I enjoy being part of an exciting and innovative industry that embraces diversity across both projects and employees. I have worked closely with fantastic teams on various projects ranging from writing scientific posters for congresses to designing the entire congress booth itself. Every project allows you to develop extensive skills in project management whilst nurturing client relationships. I come from a scientific background and I am extremely satisfied working in account management for the MedComms industry. I look forward to working my way up the career ladder!”

Lauren Alexander, Account Coordinator at CMC Connect

“I work in MedComms because I thrive on the fast-paced environment, and with no 2 days the same, you are put on a path of lifelong learning as you adapt and evolve to tackle the complex challenges you face each day. As an account executive for Phase II International, it is a privilege to work alongside such a huge diversity of people with differing skillsets to bring projects across a wide range of therapies to life. I get to do all of this daily, for a range of world-leading pharma clients – it’s incredibly rewarding!”

James Badman, Account Executive at Phase II International

Continue reading

Careers guide – account management

account_managers_369x523The business of medical communications: a guide to getting started in account management

By Lindsey Heer, 3rd edition published January 2020

As we explain in this guide, the terminology, job titles and specific roles of account managers or project managers in MedComms agencies can vary, but effective account management is always critical. This new guide helps explain how that happens in practice and provides you with an understanding of both the challenges and the rewards that come from a career in MedComms. We believe reading this guide will give you the edge to getting that first job.

This issue includes nine personal profiles written by current specialists in leading MedComms agencies, describing their personal journeys in to MedComms and the day-to-day work they now do, and an up-to-date directory of agency contacts. Continue reading