During my career in medical communications, I have worked for pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical devices companies, providing support to medical affairs, publications, market access and commercial teams.
Please see below for a summary of some of the types of projects and therapy areas that I have worked on.
For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Therapy area expertise
Here are some examples of therapy areas that I have worked in extensively; however, I am familiar with a number of other subjects and can learn new topics quickly
Publications: As an ISMPP Certified Medical Publication Professional™, I have worked extensively with publications teams and authors, providing support with the development of primary and secondary manuscripts, review articles and congress materials. I have experience with publication planning, conducting narrative and systematic literature reviews, and developing supporting materials, including publication alerts, plain language summaries, animation scripts, and annotated manuscripts and slide decks.
Medical affairs: I have provided onsite support for many scientific meetings, along with the preparation of abstracts, speaker presentations and meeting reports. I have extensive experience in developing training materials, including scientific platforms, training slide kits, objection handlers and standard response letters.
Market access: I have worked with several market access teams and have developed global value dossiers supported by systematic literature reviews. I have also developed value message slide kits and supported with the preparation of HEOR publications.
Commercial: I have provided support with the development of congress booth materials, website and app content, and patient information materials.
A list of articles that I have authored or have provided medical writing support with can be found here.
A bit about me
From lab scientist....
I started my scientific career with a first class degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester before going on to complete a PhD in Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool.
I then moved to Scotland and worked for a number of years as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow.
At this point, I decided to make a change from basic research to a role with a clinical focus. Moving back to Manchester, I trained as a clinical scientist, gaining experience in several hospital laboratories and achieving a Master's degree in Clinical Biochemistry along the way.
.....to medical writer
As any medical writer will tell you, one of the best parts of being a scientist is communicating your findings to a wider audience.
Having actively enjoyed writing my PhD and MSc theses and preferring to spend my working hours writing papers, I put my trusty pipette down and said my final goodbyes to the lab in 2012.
In the years since then, I have had a successful career as a medical writer and have gained extensive experience in a broad range of therapy areas and project types.
.....to business owner
For many years I had been considering becoming a freelance medical writer and by early 2020 I was actively making plans with this aim in mind. Although somewhat hindered by an unexpected global pandemic, I pressed on and in July 2020 Lyrical Medical Writing Services opened for business.
Since then the business has gone from strength to strength and I have the opportunity to work on some great projects with some amazing clients.
If you would like to read more about my experiences venturing into the realm of self-employment, take a look at this blog post.