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1 An introduction to Medical Communications
Andy Shepherd Senior Medical Writer

2 Who We Are New York Oxford Sydney Global, European, and US full-service medical communications agency Offices in Oxford, Macclesfield New York, and Sydney ~60 staff of writers, editors, account managers, account directors, graphic designers, conference specialists, and support staff Established for over 20 years Enduring client partnerships from early clinical development to lifecycle management including other client partners Part of the Complete Medical Group Worldwide Network

3 Caudex Medical – Part of the Complete Medical Group Worldwide Network
Approx 70% of our current business is with Global/HQ clients, 30% with domestic clients Currently: people in North America in Europe in Asia Pac We are in the process of establishing capabilities in France and Latin America 3

4 Some of our clients…

5 EMA/FDA review process
Drug development EMA/FDA review process Post marketing Phase III patients Phase II patients Phase I healthy volunteers SALES Preclinical laboratory and animal testing Discovery 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 years Patent Patent expires EMA = European Medicines Agency FDA = (US) Food and Drug Administration

6 What is medical communications?
Market and KOL development Medical writing expertise Strategic publication planning International meetings management Creative design Multimedia

7 What is it really? Getting information about new or existing drugs to the people that use or prescribe them, from the people that make them Pharmaceutical companies Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, payers, patients

8 What do doctors need to know about the new drug?
What is the condition the drug treats? Why should I treat this condition? How does the drug work? Is the drug effective and safe? How is this drug different from the others? Are there any health economic implications?

9 Communicating a major trial
Congress abstract, e.g. safety Congress abstract, e.g. sub-analyses Congress abstract on other analyses Congress abstract, e.g. efficacy Primary publication (efficacy and safety) Primary publication on other analyses Congress abstract, e.g. protocol Series of satellite symposia Time Results available Scene-setting reviews Editorial Review articles in peer-reviewed journals Letters to the Editor

10 Highly experienced in publication planning and meetings
Projects delivered in 2010 Communications plans 10 Publication plans 11 Papers 88 Abstracts 170 Posters/presentations 167 Satellite symposia 7 Advisory boards 5 Stand-alone meetings 6 Steering committees 13 Acceptance rates: Abstracts 92% Manuscripts 98% Reviews 100%

11 Ghost-writing: Caudex position statement
Caudex is committed to working in accordance with the principles of Good Publication Practice and does not engage in ghost-writing

12 What are we looking for? Education Writing skills
Minimum first degree in medicine, pharmacy or life sciences A higher degree and/or research experience is advantageous Writing skills Demonstrated ability to produce high quality, scientifically accurate, copy A positive, can-do attitude Ability to work independently and as part of a team Well organised and able to plan work effectively Proficient in standard software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

13 Caudex trainee programme
Trainees are usually recruited in pairs Training syllabus, delivered through: Formal training sessions (internal/external) One to one mentoring and feedback On site experience Clear objectives for promotion

14 Ongoing training Ongoing company and department training for all staff
Recent examples: Medical writing skills CMPP programme Values workshops Drug development process Copyright law Software training Social media

15 Compared to working in a lab
Pros... Cons...

16 Medical Writer career structure
Medical Director Scientific Director Scientific Advisor Principal Medical Writer Senior Medical Writer Medical Writer Trainee Medical Writer 4 years 2 years 2 years 2 years 1 year

17 For more detailed information about starting salary and salary scale, please speak to me afterwards

18 Any further questions about Caudex or MedComms in general, please feel free to contact me:

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