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MedComms Networking - 02 April 2019
Firstly, many thanks to our Sponsors. Readers who pay attention will know we run our sponsorship on an annual basis, 1 April through 31 March. Hence my stress levels rise dramatically in March! I'm delighted they've all confirmed their continuing support.
It's very simple, without their support none of all this happens. So, please, let's have a big shout out for this elite group of leading MedComms companies.
And a lot is happening.
Our weekly Zoom workshops are continuing to work well. Last week we enjoyed an online video discussion about the communications digital landscape and future gazing, led by Faisal Ahmed. Faisal was until recently Creative, Innovation and Technology Directory at FCB Health Europe and is a founding member of the team behind the Digitally Sick podcast (the latest episode, Data, data and more data in Pharma was released just last week) and author of SKIP AD IN 5: The ad-blocker's guide to brand planning and also of Digital Unlocked: A beginner's guide to digital pharma.
This week we're fully booked for How account managers can help agencies grow led by Jenny Plant but next week we still have a few places for the development and application of virtual patient simulations in medical education with Jonathan Lorber and Igal Iancu. Please join us.
After Easter I'll run Webinars every Wednesday at 12.00 UK time that everyone can attend. For free. The first four are lined up.
1 May - Specialising in HEOR/Market Access medical writing with DRG Abacus
8 May - In conversation with the medical writers
15 May - A guide to KOL and stakeholder identification and mapping
22 May - Life as a MedComms Freelancer
Let's see how long I can keep it going! Ideas and volunteers welcome. Tell your friends.
In other news here are three, hopefully useful, random snippets.
Last week the Open Pharma team launched a set of educational slides on open access.
Steven Walker and his team at Stgilesmedical asked me to highlight their upcoming 2nd European Health Innovation Collaborative (EuHIC) patient-oriented conference, 'Patient, Heal Thyself', in London on 16 May.
And this BMJ Editorial last week intrigued me. Kept in the dark: Scotland rejects "sunshine" legislation describes how the Scottish government has formally rejected a petition to introduce legislation that would have created a searchable record of all payments to healthcare professionals from the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Let me know if you have news to share.
To finish, check out this video, which Faisal showed at last week's workshop - MTS Internet Baby. Any of us with young kids may wish we could "un-invent" mobile technology but like it or loathe it, and in any one day I do both strongly, it's been transformative. But I bet the team that made that video, 5 years ago, had no idea just how so...
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