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    MedComms Networking - 08 March 2022


    After 30 years working in and around #MedComms, with women far outnumbering the men (75% or so female as judged by any survey you'll find), of course I support International Women's Day #IWD2022 today - I'd be in trouble if not!

    "Why so many women in MedComms?" I hear (some of) you cry. It can be an entertaining, though sometimes dangerous, topic for discussion over drinks! Back in 2010, The European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) even dedicated an issue of their journal (then called The Write Stuff) to the predominance of women in medical writing (here's a PDF copy of the issue for reference; A feminine workforce).

    It's a simple fact that hasn't changed much throughout my time and one I've simply accepted. Some event organisers worry about all male panels of speakers, so-called "MANELs". Me? I sometimes struggle to find another chap to join me in the room.

    A lot else, though, has changed in MedComms. In particular, over recent years as the business has matured, grown, evolved and, well... boomed!

    In last week's webinar, James West, Director, Pharma Services M&A at Lincoln International painted a picture of a business that has become very attractive to outside investors. We were joined by industry veterans, Charlie Buckwell (Chief Medical Communications Officer, IPG Health) and Gail Flockhart (Group President at Fishawack Health) who reflected on the growth of MedComms and the consequences of that boom. The massively increased inward investment directed at supporting and developing people, but also the massive challenge faced in terms of recruiting enough staff. The future is bright - if we can find more people. Watch the free recording here on Feedback welcomed.

    So, I'm delighted to continue to do my bit via the service and yesterday we published the new edition of our original careers guide, From academic to medical writer: a guide to getting started in medical communications, authored by Annick Moon. Once again, we've included profiles and quotes from a host of relevant MedComms specialists. My thanks to all who contributed and to the many agencies that feature in the directory. Please help share the news.

    Several writers featured in the new guide will join me in conversation on the #MedComms Webinar on 6 April.

    Meanwhile, tomorrow I'm joined by Braydon McCormick (CEO and Co-Founder of Intempio) and Mark Handforth (Managing Director of 3Sixty Event Consulting) for a wide-ranging, hopefully provocative, discussion about collecting and using data from meetings of any sort. Does anybody really care? Does data scare people? Is it better simply not to ask too many questions? Please join us.

    I'll start next week in Oxford with an in-person (yes, really) meeting of MedComms freelancers. We've room for more (you don't have to subscribe to the MedComms Workbook, chaps especially welcome!).

    And in next Wednesday's webinar we'll talk about The power of teamwork: from strategy to execution with the team from Langland. Everyone's welcome. Please spread the word.

    Remember, there's lots more coming.

    Stay safe, everyone.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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