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    Every Tuesday we send out the MedComms Networking email newsletter to subscribers. It includes brief commentary on what we're doing and planning, and highlights relevant news to encourage sharing of information, experiences and ideas and to stimulate discussion. The text and links included below, by definition, were accurate on the day of publication, but may then become outdated.

    MedComms Networking - 02 July 2024


    This week is the final #MedComms webinar in the current weekly series. Tomorrow, I am joined by Adriana Rocha (EMWA's Freelance Business Group) and Eleanor Steele (The MedComms Workbook) to reflect on how the current challenges in MedComms are affecting freelancers across the world, with perspectives from the UK and Europe. These are, as everyone keeps saying, "interesting times" in our sector and many specialist freelancers have reported particularly tough times. It will be interesting to share some experiences. So, please join us, whether you are currently freelancing, aspiring to freelance, involved in commissioning freelancers, or just interested in hearing more about the marketplace.

    I'm then taking a break from the non-stop weekly routine of #MedComms webinars.

    Before I stop entirely, though, let's meet in person for a change! I've arranged an old-fashioned, informal, in-person MedComms Networking event at Alderley Park, 17 July. Everyone's welcome. Join us for Compliance, Regulatory Challenges and Event Innovation. It's free to attend thanks to the generosity of the sponsors, aps Events & Media, and our hosts, Bruntwood SciTech and their team at Alderley Park campus. We've added an in-person Huddle for freelancers beforehand (all freelancers welcome, not just MedComms Workbook subscribers). And if you can't make the event, but still want to be sociable, find us afterwards at the nearby pub, The Churchill Tree. Simply come along and join in. It will be fun!

    Looking ahead, I might do things differently in the Autumn. I'd welcome ideas or suggestions, or simply the chance to chat if you have the time.

    Here's news of some other relevant upcoming activities I've spotted that might be also of interest to members of this community...

    WE3 Consulting released results from their 2024 Healthcare Communications Salary and Insights Survey. Such online surveys must be handled with caution, but there's very little publicly available data for MedComms, so thank them for providing some food for thought.

    In this short report, Six key perspectives for healthcare communications action in a transforming world, The Difference Collective map the ever-changing landscape of healthcare and pharmaceuticals, harnessing their experience and expertise to articulate and connect key trends, challenges and opportunities facing leaders in our sector.

    Business Insider shared a video report last week, recorded at The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, in which Chief Brand Officer Kate Cronin says AI helped crack COVID, and now 83% of Moderna employees use ChatGPT daily..."

    According to Tom Wilson last week in PMLive, GenAI for medical writers is here to stay (and it's not as scary as we thought).

    Meanwhile, check out this LinkedIn post from Craig Brett, Freelance Writer and Proofreader; "I am completely and utterly fed up with AI..." and see the hundreds of comments about AI checkers and the havoc they are generating.

    "Interesting times", indeed.

    What else have you seen? Share the details using hashtag #MedComms on LinkedIn.

    Stay well, everyone. There's lots more coming. Hit the reply button and let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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