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    MedComms Networking - 21 November 2023


    I guess it's that time of year now when all our minds turn to the new year. The time of year when folks start saying, "I'm busy, Peter, let's just pick it up in January..." It drives me nuts, to be honest!

    So, how positive are you feeling about 2024? Have you finalised your business plans already? What about your personal plans? Any new resolutions yet?

    Last week I was involved in two very lively online meetings with specialist freelancers, both of which continued far beyond their allotted times. I ran a meeting of my own MedComms Workbook group and I joined Lisa Baker and her Freelancers in Pubs group. Discussions roamed far and wide across the current state of our MedComms and associated businesses, wider questions around the state of the Pharma and Biotech industries, narrower questions around more specific issues like the value of joining a professional organisation or how to ensure compliance with increasingly onerous cybersecurity policies, as well as the big one; will AI affect us and how to upskill?

    It's clearly a very mixed picture, but this year has been a strange one for many. The meetings were great reminders, if needed, of how useful it is to talk together and to share thoughts, experiences and differing perspectives. And a roomful of experienced freelancers can certainly provide extensive insights into the marketplace. It was fascinating.

    Whatever happens, we all need something to look forward to. So, make a diary note now and start planning for our 13th annual #MedComms Day on 12 June 2024. We'll start as always with the sun rising in New Zealand and finish with it setting over San Francisco. Be as creative as you like and if you plan an activity let me know so I can add it to the list of what will happen at It seems like a long way ahead, but time flies when you are having fun.

    Meanwhile, keep your eyes on where details of our activities in 2024 are starting to appear. Let me know about any ideas we can work on together and, in particular, if you are interested in jumping online with me for one of our free #MedComms webinars.

    In tomorrow's #MedComms webinar, we'll hear how Avalere Health, formerly Fishawack Health, is being purpose built to meet the future challenges of Medical Affairs. These are interesting times and we need new approaches and solutions. Everyone's welcome.

    Next week, publication specialists Salgo Merin and Shweta Pitre from SIRO Clinpharm will talk about Plain language summaries (PLS) of scientific publications and how they are a vital tool now for bridging the gap between the scientific community and the general public by facilitating the dissemination of scientific knowledge, promoting transparency and improving overall health literacy. Please join us.

    Stay well, everyone. There's lots more coming.

    P.S. If you missed last week's webinar about the latest research from EPG Health on 'The Future of HCP Engagement Impact', the recording is at as always.


    Peter Llewellyn
    Managing Director, NetworkPharma Ltd
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