18th January 2013
Watermeadow off to a flying start in 2013
Watermeadow Medical has started the new year with an office relocation from Knutsford to fully refurbished, larger office space in the InforMed Group's headquarters in Macclesfield.
This move brings Watermeadow under the same roof as the Group's market research specialists (InforMed Insight) and marketing consultants (Pharma Marketing Academy) as well as many other medical communications specialists. This enables our staff to deliver projects in-house that go beyond the standard reach of medical communications services to meet our clients' needs.
The office move is also a reflection of the office's success; established in 2009, the office now has 24 staff, and the additional office space will be able to accommodate the additional employees who are expected to join our editorial and events departments over the next few months.
The first new member of staff to join the Macclesfield office is Rosalyn Ferguson, an associate medical writer. Daniella Pfeifer, also an associate medical writer, has also started the new year at Watermeadow Medical's Oxford office, and Jackie Evans joins the Accounts department.
Watermeadow looks forward to welcoming more staff over the coming months, as demand for our award-winning medical communication services continues to grow.
26th June 2012
Watermeadow joins United Drug
Watermeadow Medical is pleased to announce that it is now part of the United Drug group of companies. The Group already includes medical communications agencies iMed, QXV, Infusion and Insight under the umbrella of InforMed Group.
Watermeadow will continue to trade under its own name and the management team remains unchanged. As an award-winning medical communications agency, Watermeadow remains completely committed to delivering high quality service, now with access to a wider range of services including market research and enhanced event logistics capabilities.
Upon the announcement, Managing Director Paul Hilditch said: "I'm delighted that Watermeadow will be joining the United Drug group. Together with our new colleagues in the InforMed group, we are a major player in the medical communications arena, while as an independent unit within the group, we will continue to foster the can-do culture and commitment to quality that have always characterised Watermeadow."
20th June 2012
Watermeadow finalists again!
Watermeadow Medical is delighted to be announced as a finalist for the Communique Medical Communications Consultancy of the Year Award 2012. The awards celebrate the successes of the pharmaceutical and medical communications industry in the UK, with several award categories designed to recognise the most impactful campaigns, careers and agencies in the business.
Watermeadow is particularly delighted to be shortlisted again this year, having won the category twice before.
The winner will be announced on 5 July 2012 at a ceremony in central London.
11th April 2011
The team grows again
Watermeadow is delighted to welcome nine new staff to its UK offices. The appointments have been made as demand for our services continue to grow.
Francesca Hemingway, Andrea Short, Leon Adams, Kerstin Zechner and David Harvey (all PhD) join us as Associate Medical Writers. Jodi Cusack and Laura Kingston have stepped into the newly created role of Account Coordinator, Sarah Thomas has been appointed as Publications Manager and Ros Cook has joined the events team as a Project Manager.
Another 2 members of staff will join in May.
The great range of knowledge and experience these new colleagues bring to their roles will help to reinforce Watermeadow's position as the leading medical communications agency.
9th August 2010
Thumbs up for Watermeadow
A recent review of our feedback surveys has found that 100% of respondents would be 'likely' or 'very likely' to use Watermeadow again for other medical communications project work, as well as indicating that they would be happy to recommend us to their colleagues. Watermeadow periodically sends out feedback forms on randomly selected completed projects to give clients a more formal channel to let us know how we've performed and provide feedback on issues that arose during the project term. The random project selector ensures a fair and representative set of projects are chosen, and the response rate so far has been encouraging. If you think we can help you, get in touch through our Contact page! We would be delighted to hear from you.
2nd August 2010
Watermeadow supports charity cycle ride
Watermeadow is the proud sponsor of a team of Burford firefights and their colleagues who cycled 983 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Help for Heroes. The cycle ride, which took place 5-18th June, was a huge success and raised a grand total of £31,537 and, as well as raising money for charity, the group also delivered an important road safety message on the way as part of Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service's '365alive' initiative. This scheme aims to ensure there are an additional 365 people alive when compared to the fatality data of those killed in fires and on roads from 1996 to 2006. The two chosen charities will be receiving half of the sponsorship money each. The Fire Fighters Charity will use the money to provide pioneering treatment and support services while Help for Heroes aims to make a real difference to the lives of our wounded servicemen and women.
9th July 2010
Watermeadow wins again!
Watermeadow Medical was named Medical Communications Consultancy of the Year at the Communiqué Awards in London last night. It is the second consecutive year in which the company has won one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. The independent panel of judges came to the decision after assessing Watermeadow’s quality and innovation in the delivery of medical communications for healthcare clients, along with its business strategy, client retention, client satisfaction, financial performance, and staff development. “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised as the leading medical communications agency for the second year running. We don’t take our success for granted and we will continue to strive to provide the highest quality communications and service to every client”, said Managing Director, Dr Paul Hilditch. The award follows another excellent year for Watermeadow, with a revenue increase >30%, the addition of 17 new staff, and a new office near Manchester, UK. If you are interested in working with the best agency in the business, we'd be delighted to hear from you! Please call us on +44 1993 701700 or +1 212 404 2842.
21st March 2010
Watermeadow is delighted to have won a major contract with a British-based pharmaceutical company for the provision of communications planning for a product in Phase 2. The product, for a respiratory condition, is a key development target for this client. "We're excited to be involved with this important product at this stage in its development, and look forward to building a long-lasting relationship with this company, as the product moves towards launch," said Dr Jo Oswald, Director New Business.
1st February 2010
Watermeadow secures additional animation contracts
Watermeadow has been commissioned to produce four Mode of Action (MOA) animations for an existing biotech client. The projects will cover disease pathophysiology and product specific information within a neurology therapy area. The successful bid follows the completion of two other MOA projects for the same client in 2008. Jo Oswald, Director New Business said, "We’re delighted to have extended our relationship with this company – this is a great way to start 2010!"
23rd November 2009
Six new staff join Watermeadow
Following continued revenue and business growth in 2009. six new editorial staff joined Watermeadow in November. These new staff members, all of whom are based in our Manchester office, bring a wealth of experience from other medical communications agencies and academic research.
1st November 2009
Ongoing commitment to publications excellence
Watermeadow employees, Dr Julie Beeso and Dr Jenna Steere have successfully become Certified Medical Publication Professionals (CMPP). The CMPP qualification has been developed by the International Society for Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP) to help promote integrity and excellence in publication planning and implementation. Successful candidates need to have at least 2 years' experience in publication planning and/or development and pass a 3-hour exam. "We are delighted that Julie and Jenna have successfully gained this qualification", said Dr Jo Oswald, Director New Business. "We are exceptionally committed to remaining a market leader in publication delivery, and this certification will help us ensure that we continue to deliver publications in line with ethical standards and industry best practice." Additional staff members are expected to apply for certification next year.
15th October 2009
Expanding events team
We are delighted to welcome two new events staff to our team. Sarah and Kelly, both experienced event managers, join Watermeadow in response to an ongoing increase in events business. "2009 has been an excellent year for events at Watermeadow, and with many meetings already confirmed for 2010, we were keen to expand our team to ensure we can continue to deliver first-class meetings every time", said Karen Robinson, Senior Project Manager, Events.
10th July 2009
Watermeadow is the Med Ed Consultancy of the Year!
Watermeadow Medical was named Medical Education Consultancy of the Year at the Communiqué Awards last night. This highly contested award recognises strategic excellence, innovation, client retention, client satisfaction, financial performance, and staff development. The judging process involved objective assessment and an interview with an independent panel of experts. "We are thrilled to have won this award and delighted that our achievements have been recognised: this is further reassurance for our clients that they are working with the best people in the business", said Dr Nicola Duckworth, Director Client Services. The award follows the most successful year ever for Watermeadow in 2008, with the addition of 11 new clients, several new innovative offerings, an overall revenue increase that far exceeded target, and 100% staff retention.
3rd June 2009
Med Ed Consultancy of the Year Finalist
Watermeadow Medical has been shortlisted for the 2009 Medical Education Consultancy of the Year, awarded by Communiqué. This highly-contested award is based on measures of client retention and satisfaction, innovation, strategic excellence, key project successes, people development strategy and financial performance. "Making it into the last three agencies is a huge achievement and testament to the outstanding work that we do" said Jo Oswald, Director, New Business. The winning agency will be announced on July 9th.
1st March 2009
100% staff retention rate in 2008
Watermeadow Medical is proud to have achieved an unprecedented staff retention rate across all of its operations in 2008. At the same time, the company is celebrating an increase in headcount of almost 50% as continued success has led to the expansion of its Oxfordshire and New York offices and the opening of a new office in Knutsford, near Manchester. Lesley Beveridge, HR manager said: "Watermeadow is a great place to work. We pride ourselves on our ability to recruit and retain a talented, dedicated and enthusiastic team. Watermeadow provides a challenging and rewarding career with exemplary training, support and mentoring.
16th February 2009
Medical writer joins UK office
Adam Smith has joined Watermeadow UK's Witney office as a medical writer. After graduating with a biochemistry degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, Adam joined a medical publishing company where he was responsible for production management and commissioning articles in current awareness journals. After a stint spent travelling in Mexico, he returned to work for medical agency, AS&K Mercury Healthcare Communications, where his role encompassed both content generation and account management responsibilities, equipping him with wide experience of different project types, pharmaceutical products and companies. He then moved to work for medical education company, Discovery London before joining Watermeadow.
12th February 2009
Manchester office swells its ranks
Helen Marshall has joined Watermeadow as a medical editor, swelling the rapidly-expanding ranks of the newly-opened Manchester office. Helen graduated from the University of Salford in 2004 with a first class degree in English with Cultural Studies. She went on to be an editor for the news and features team at Datamonitor, writing and editing articles and newsletters for various business sectors, including pharmaceuticals, and proofreading market analysis reports. After 3 years at Datamonitor, Helen made the move into med comms, becoming an editorial assistant for Prime Medica and working with clients such as Roche, Novartis, AstraZeneca and Schering-Plough. This formed an excellent base for her current role as a medical editor at Watermeadow, which she took up at the start of 2009.
1st February 2009
Watermeadow UK expands in the North
Building on the growing success of its offices in Oxford and New York, and its recent increase in headcount, Watermeadow Medical has expanded its operations to include a new office in the North of England. This new branch, which is located in the historic Cheshire town of Knutsford, will work in close partnership with the company’s existing US and European operations. Bringing together a range of expertise now spanning three offices, Watermeadow hopes to make 2009 another successful year. See our Contacts page for further details and a map of this new office.
26th January 2009
Events department grows
After two years at Toulouse-Purpan Medical School in France and a change of heart, Virginie Colcombet completed a degree in Anglo-Saxon Literature, Language and Civilisation at Toulouse-le-Mirail University, whilst managing the social programme of the university’s student association promoting Anglo-Saxon culture and traditions. Virginie then moved to the UK to teach French and subsequently, combining experiences from her eclectic background, she joined Select Biosciences Ltd, organisers of training courses and conferences to the biomedical marketplace, as an event manager. Her responsibilities included event and marketing production, faculty management and event logistics for her portfolio.
19th January 2009
New addition to production department
Emma Catherall has a first class degree in History and a PgDip in Publishing with Distinction. After graduating in 2003, Emma joined the editorial department at Taylor and Francis where she worked on their prestigious lifescience textbooks. She then moved to CSF Medical as a production editor, progressing to production manager. Whilst at CSF, Emma worked on a variety of journals and books for both the healthcare industry and the general public, managing the design, print and distribution to large high street stores. She made the transition to medical communications in 2007, joining Ogilvy 4D as an account manager where she worked across a variety of therapy areas organising events and producing print materials. Emma has joined Watermeadow Medical as a production editor.
7th January 2009
New York office gains another writer
Dr Jenna Steere comes to Watermeadow's NY office with eight years of experience in medical communications, first as a medical writer across a broad range of therapeutic categories, and subsequently as a scientific services director. Jenna received her BA from Amherst College and her PhD from Yale Unveristy, both in neuroscience. Her thesis research explored the psychopharmacology of catecholaminergic compounds, in non human primates and rodents, utilising working memory assessments and SPECT imaging. After a year spent supporting clinical research studies in a neurologist’s office, where she created a patient-tracking database, she discovered the world of medical communications. Over the years she has enjoyed writing in varied disciplines, as well as increasing involvement in project management, new business development, and strategic publication planning. She joins Watermeadow as Medical Projects Manager.
6th January 2009
Watermeadow welcomes another editor
Georgina Grell graduated from University College London with a degree in Zoology and subsequently completed a PhD on transcription factors in the developing CNS. Having discovered her joy of writing, she pursued this as a career, becoming editor of the Journal of British Podiatric Medicine, then moving to a medical publisher to edit three nursing journals, Practice Nursing, The British Journal of Community Nursing and The International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Following her desire to travel, she left the UK in 1998, first for Bucharest and then for Tokyo, where she worked freelance for a number of medical publications and for a science communications agency where she used her skills to rewrite papers for Japanese doctors wishing to publish in English and American journals. She returned to the UK in 2008, continuing to work freelance, until recently when she joined Watermeadow as a medical editor.
5th January 2009
New editor expands editing team
Ruth Holmes has joined Watermeadow as a Medical Editor. Ruth graduated with first class honours in medicinal chemistry at University College London and subsequently joined Beechams Pharmaceuticals as an organic chemist, synthesising penicillin analogues. Following postgraduate research at Oxford University in computer graphics and drug design, she trained as an editor in the field of educational publishing. She maintained a freelance career editing, developing and writing educational science resources including textbooks, teacher materials, animations and websites. She then moved into the clinical field, joining the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence where she wrote patient information and helped develop communications for clinical guidelines on heavy menstrual bleeding, intrapartum care, diabetes in pregnancy, urinary tract infection in children and myocardial infarction (secondary prevention), as well as specialising in interventional procedures. She is looking forward to being part of the editing team.
5th January 2009
New writer joins Watermeadow
Michael Pogson graduated with first class honours in biological sciences from Exeter University before going on to gain a PhD in molecular microbiology jointly with the Institute of Food Research in Norwich and Exeter University, during which he investigated the differential gene expression profiles of Salmonella bacteria. He subsequently worked for Rothschild Bank and more recently for Detica, a London-based technology company, which involved coding Java applications for government bodies, such as HMRC, where he built the backend document management component for a fraud prevention system. He has also built a computer program that modelled how a synthetic organism containing a primitive genome interacted with its surroundings and evolved over time. Deciding that the world of computer science was not for him, he has returned to a scientific career as a medical writer.
10th October 2008
US office welcomes new medical writer
Prior to joining the New York office as a medical writer, Peter Budka was an associate editor at another international medical communications company in New York City, working primarily in the area of oncology. Before that, he lived in Washington DC, where he was an editor for more than 4 years at a cancer charity that funded cutting edge cancer research. There he created a newsletter for health professionals about advances in cancer prevention and treatment. He also wrote and edited many print and online materials for consumers, including two weekly newspaper columns. Peter graduated from Fordham University in cursu honorum with a double major in English Literature and the Classics (Latin and Greek).
1st August 2008
New addition to editing department
Sheila Dunleavy has joined Watermeadow’s editing department, bringing with her many years of experience of teaching science and subsequently writing and editing scientific materials. Sheila graduated from Oxford University with a masters in Biochemistry and, after working briefly as a journal editor for Elsevier, she then trained as a biology and chemistry teacher, receiving a distinction in her PGCE. After many years as Head of Biology in various schools, she returned to editing and worked for the Open University as an academic science editor, producing materials to support a variety of teaching courses from foundation to Masters level. Fascinated by all things biochemical, she has joined Watermeadow as a medical editor.
14th July 2008
New medical writer for UK office
Watermeadow welcomes Elien Moes to its rapidly-expanding writing department. Elien joins the company soon after finishing her PhD at the University of St Andrews where her doctoral research focused on Theiler’s murine encephalomyelitis virus, a member of the Picornavirus family, and its effect on membrane trafficking. Prior to that, she completed her first degree in biomedical sciences at the University of Leuven in Belgium, where she completed a dissertation on the analysis of the serotype and genotype correlation of VP1 and 5’NCR of the human Enterovirus B species. She continued to work there for a year after graduating and had the opportunity to participate in research on coronaviruses, including SARS.
2nd July 2008
Watermeadow welcomes new medical writer
Angela PozoRamajo has joined the Watermeadow writing team as an associate medical writer. Angela, who has a PhD in biophysics from The University of Liverpool, specialises in using novel techniques to investigate the very early stages of protein folding using model peptides. She spent several years doing research at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts on the aggregation mechanism of peptides and proteins known to be involved in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's disease, as well as cataract formation in the eye. Her success in publishing a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals inspired her to become a medical writer.
1st July 2008
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative
Watermeadow’s new Social Responsibility Program was officially launched with our attendance at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) 2008 Stakeholder Meeting in New York City, in June 2008. Watermeadow was retained to write a report of this seminal meeting for distribution to participants, as well as partners and donors who were unable to attend. Under the banner ‘Best Science for the Most Neglected’, DNDi’s executive leadership team welcomed representatives from a wealth of private and public organisations involved in driving research and development in the field of neglected tropical diseases, and particularly human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), leishmaniasis, Chagas Disease and malaria. Raising awareness of the urgent need for affordable, well-tolerated drugs for these diseases, and for government leadership in areas where such diseases are endemic, partner organisations were energetic and resolute in their commitment; dynamic and enjoyable discussions throughout the day generated numerous new strategies and partnerships. Watermeadow is delighted to partner with DNDi toward the vital public health goal of increased access to essential medicines for neglected diseases.
5th May 2008
New Social Responsibility Programme launched
Watermeadow Medical has delivered scientific communications materials to the healthcare industry since 1997. Having doubled in size over the last three years, we are now in a position to share our knowledge and expertise through partnerships with non-commercial organisations. Watermeadow’s Social Responsibility Program is a new initiative based on shared development costs. It allows us to offer the same breadth and quality of service we’ve always provided to commercial customers to non-commercial clients, including non-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations, charities and others. Watermeadow has grown by developing long-term relationships and now, through our Social Responsibility Program, we want to establish sustainable new partnerships that allow us to use the talent, dedication and expertise among our staff to provide healthcare communications and strategy that serve a wider audience. With offices in New York, USA, and Oxford, UK, we can offer a complete range of services on a global scale. We look forward to working with you.
1st May 2008
New editor expands production team
Ruth Bishop has recently joined Watermeadow as a production editor, increasing the ranks of the rapidly-expanding production department. Ruth graduated from Liverpool University with a combined studies BA in biology and history and has most recently worked for Imago Publishing Ltd as a senior production controller. Her career in publishing has spanned the fields of editorial and production on educational and children's books and English language teaching (ELT) materials for some of the top UK book publishers, including Macmillian Education, Ladybird Books and Pearson Education. She is looking foward to applying her keen eye for detail and organisational skills to her new role.
14th April 2008
Change of direction for R&D scientist
Helen Coulson has recently joined Watermeadow as an Associate Medical Writer. Already widely published in peer-reviewed journals, Helen has had a distinguished career as a research scientist, first at Oxford University and then at Unilever. She graduated with an honours degree in biological science, specialising in immunology, and subsequently joined the Cancer Research Campaign at Oxford University as a cellular biologist. Following this, she joined Unilever’s research and development division and became involved in the launch of an exploratory gland physiology programme; she was subsequently awarded an MPhil from the faculty of medicine at Manchester University in 1998 for innovative work in this field. She has publications in physiology, investigative dermatology and cosmetic science journals and is the author of a Unilever patent.
14th April 2008
Map-maker joins Watermeadow’s design team
Caleb Gould has joined Watermeadow as an artworker, bringing with him a wealth of experience in a wide range of design and layout from working with various cartographic and educational publications. Caleb graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in cartographic design with geology and went on to work for AND Cartographic Publishers, GEOprojects (UK) Ltd, Harvey Map Services and Oxford University Press where he was responsible for the design and layout of several atlases, including the 9th edition of the Oxford School Atlas of Canada. He has also worked on a large number of other reference atlases, waterway map guides, and maps and guides for walkers and cyclists. Caleb is looking forward to being able to apply his detail skills and flair for design in Watermeadow’s rapidly expanding production department.
2nd April 2008
Events project manager welcomed to Watermeadow
Watermeadow welcomes the addition of a new project manager to further expand its growing events department. Karen Hulbert, who graduated from Southampton University with a degree in biology and oceanography, joins from medical education agency, Ogilvy 4D. Prior to this, she worked as a research scientist at the Wellcome Trust Centre of Human Genetics (WTCHG) in Oxford where her research focused on cardiac energetics in heart failure and she used a wide range of techniques: from magnetic resonance imaging and echo imaging to haemodynamics and histology. She also has nine publications in peer-reviewed journals.
1st December 2007
New senior medical writer
Chris Deakin has joined the Witney office as a senior medical writer. She has worked in medical communications for 12 years, initially as an editor and then as a writer. During that time, she gained extensive experience in writing, editing and publication planning roles. Chris has also been responsible for managing projects in a wide variety of disease areas and a number of products including Parkinson's disease, restless legs syndrome, anti-infectives and botulinum toxins. Chris graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree and DPhil in zoology. She is excited to be part of the team and is enjoying the challenges she faces in new therapy areas.
10th November 2007
Watermeadow welcomes a new medical writer
Another medical writer joins the New York office. Stephanie Finucane brings with her nine years of experience working as both editor and writer in the medical communications industry. Previously, she worked as a copywriter for DRAFTFCB, a pharmaceutical advertising agency where she was able to broaden her knowledge in a variety of therapy areas. Stephanie studied literature to degree level in New York City and subsequently earned a certificate in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To further establish her writing abilities, Stephanie is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Biomedical Writing at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She hopes to be a valuable contribution to the company and is enthusiastic to learn about other therapy areas.
5th November 2007
Educational programme nominated for award
A programme developed by Watermeadow on behalf of Novo Nordisk A/S has been nominated for a PMEA (Pharmaceutical Marketing Effectiveness Award). MERIT (Meeting Educational Requirements, Improving Treatment) was designed as an educational programme to support the use of insulin as a treatment for type 2 diabetes and aims to provide primary care practitioners with the skills necessary to support patients. Watermeadow has worked extensively on the MERIT Programme for more than two years, producing comprehensive slide presentations, workshops, and a website. We continue to work closely with both Novo Nordisk and other clients to produce and deliver continuing medical education (CME) materials across single or multiple platforms via traditional media such as seminars and slide kits and/or interactive delivery systems such as the internet, internet-2, CD-ROMs and DVDs. For more information on our Medical Education & CME capabilities click here.
12th October 2007
Watermeadow announces new client
A new client has been added to Watermeadow’s prestigious client base. Vectura, a Chippenham-based company specialising in the development of inhaled pharmaceuticals, has engaged Watermeadow to produce editorial materials and assist with publication planning. Vectura uses the latest technologies to create products to treat respiratory, neurological and other diseases rapidly and effectively with the aim of improving patients’ lives and currently has eight marketed products as well as a portfolio of drugs in clinical and pre-clinical development. Watermeadow is delighted to be of assistance to Vectura and looks forward to working with them. For information on our capabilities in scientific writing services click here or to learn more about how we can help you with publication planning click here.
28th September 2007
Client base grows with new addition
Watermeadow is delighted to announce the addition of Canopus Biopharma to its growing customer base. Canopus is a global leader in the development of novel pharmaceutical technologies for use in various types of flu, infectious diseases, cancer and addiction. The Irish-headquartered biotech company has engaged Watermeadow to produce scientific publications from a series of cutting edge preclincial studies. These studies have clearly demonstrated that a compound developed by Canopus is more effective than any other known drug in treating the latest strains of avian flu, Spanish flu and Hong Kong flu.
For information on our scientific writing services, click here.
28th August 2007
New senior medical writer joins Manhattan office
Joseph T. Scarpuzza has joined Watermeadow’s New York office as a senior medical writer. Joe has worked in medical communications for twenty-five years, holding a variety of positions in medical writing, project direction, account services, business development, and corporate management. His experience includes multiple therapy areas and, among other accomplishments, Joe has also directed major medical education initiatives in support of several pharmaceutical clients and products. He studied both psychology and professional nursing to degree level and has spent half his working life in Europe. Joe is Watermeadow’s first full-time writer based in New York and is very excited about joining this growing office.
18th July 2007
MERIT wins 'Best Professional Education Project'
Watermeadow project wins top award at Communiqué
MERIT (Meeting Educational Requirements, Improving Treatment), an educational programme to support the use of insulin as a treatment for type 2 diabetes has been awarded 'Best Professional Education Project' at the Communiqué Awards. These awards are well known within the industry, recognising excellence in marketing and medical communications. Beating off stiff competition, the Communiqué judges considered the MERIT programme 'An exceptional entry and a worthy winner' and noted: "This is the training the NHS should have done themselves."
MERIT is a flexible, needs-targeted, classroom-based programme sponsored by Danish healthcare company, Novo Nordisk A/S. It is designed specifically for primary care practitioners in the UK and aims to provide them with the skills necessary to support patients in the initiation and continued use of insulin. Watermeadow has worked extensively on the MERIT Programme for more than two years, producing comprehensive slide presentations, workshops, and a website to support the programme. The MERIT programme has been exceptionally well received - 85% of participants surveyed said it had changed the way they manage diabetes, and 97% said they would recommend MERIT to a colleague. Other testimonials include: "This is a very well put together and thought out programme" (a GP who reviewed the programme), and "Taught me more in a day than I'd learnt during a whole diabetes course" (a MERIT participant).
Watermeadow works closely with clients to produce and deliver continuing medical education (CME) materials across single or multiple platforms via traditional media such as seminars and slide kits and/or interactive delivery systems such as the internet, internet-2, CD-ROMs and DVDs. For more information, see our Medical Education & CME capabilities.
20th June 2007
New editor joins New York office
Lisa Sullivan has joined the New York office as senior medical editor. Lisa graduated from Temple University, Philadelphia, in 1990 and also completed an MA and PhD coursework in Church History. Lisa began her medical career for online editorial services site, Scribendi Inc., and subsequently worked for Bradley Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Helix Medical Communications, where she worked on publications and events in support of therapies for hepatitis C, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and genital herpes. Lisa has also co-authored a science fiction short story, which was published in the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits.
17th June 2007
New editor joins Witney office
Beverly La Ferla has joined Watermeadow’s Witney office as medical editor. Beverly graduated from Cambridge University in 1999 with a degree in Natural Sciences and completed a Masters at the University of York the following year. She went on to write for a science website based in Brussels and then joined an environmental magazine as assistant editor in London, completing a professional qualification in journalism part-time. Beverly subsequently took on the editorship of Engineering Management magazine, published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology, working in both print and online media, and was also involved in creating several short films for IET.tv before leaving to join Watermeadow as a medical editor.
4th June 2007
New editorial assistant joins Watermeadow
Victoria Horne has joined Watermeadow’s Witney office as editorial assistant in the medical writing department. Victoria recently graduated from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in June 2007 with a 2:1 degree in Pharmacology, during which she worked for a year in Belgium for pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceutica, researching chemotherapeutic agents and their adverse effects. The experience encouraged her to pursue her interests in writing scientific literature and on returning to her studies, she started a weekly science column in the student newspaper, which gained her recognition throughout the university. She is very keen to work in science communications and on the basis of her enthusiasm, she became the first graduate to join Watermeadow.
10th May 2007
Watermeadow USA expands into Manhattan
Our US office expands into new premises in New York City...
Watermeadow Medical USA is moving its center of operations into New York City, with offices at 440 9th Avenue. Watermeadow has been established in the USA, with headquarters in Albany, NY, since 2001, and this current relocation reflects the strength and growth of its US client base. It is also a move that will accommodate the planned expansion in headcount, with hiring activities already in progress. The US office of Watermeadow will continue to work closely with the company's European operations, with secondment and exchange programs planned to share expertise and working practices across offices. See our Contacts page for the details of this new office.
5th May 2007
New writer for UK office
Dr Mike Lappin has joined the Witney office as a senior medical writer. With over five years’ experience in the medical communications industry and a background in immunology, Mike joins Watermeadow from medical writing agency, PPSI. Mike has a solid background in immunology and completed a Medical Research Council PhD in dendritic cell immunobiology at Edinburgh University and AstraZeneca in 1996. He continued his research at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and Glasgow University, Scotland, looking at the role of dendritic cells generation/modification of immune responses and dendritic cell cancer vaccines. After joining PPSI in 2002, he broadened his knowledge to include anti-infectives, pain/inflammation, and growth hormone therapy areas. Mike is looking forward to the challenge of expanding his knowledge base further in the areas of diabetes therapy and plasmapheresis.
1st May 2007
Event success on a global scale
Three major meetings delivered in a single week
Watermeadow supported the successful implementation of three major meetings last week: a two-day study protocol meeting in Athens; a satellite symposium at the Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome congress in Barcelona; and a two-day international study results meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Watermeadow's involvement in these meetings included content generation and support, design and production services, and logistics management.
Feedback from the faculty and our clients has been extremely positive. For example, an international trial manager commented: "You have done a really good job", an intermational medical officer said: "We'd like to express our gratitude for your excellent assistance... during the meeting", and a meeting chairman mentioned: "What a pleasure it was to meet you and to work with you. Both experiences couldn't have been better."
Watermeadow continues to provide outstanding meeting support for a number of international clients. For more information, see our Symposia & Meetings capabilities.
22nd March 2007
David Cameron opens Witney office complex
The Conservative Party Leader and Witney MP, David Cameron, officially opened Witney Office Village today. The Village, which comprises several newly built office buildings of varying size, has been the home of Watermeadow's UK headquarters since February 2006.
15th February 2007
Ten years of excellence
Watermeadow celebrated an important birthday in February 2007 – ten years after delivery of its first project. “Since our first project in 1997 we have produced several thousand more,” said founder and managing director Dr Paul Hilditch, “helping clients achieve their goals, professionals improve therapeutic outcomes, and patients to have better lives.”
3rd January 2007
New year, new client!
Following a competitive pitch, Watermeadow Medical have secured several communications projects with healthcare and consumer-goods manufacturer Reckitt Benckiser. The projects (involving production of a satellite symposium and several manuscripts) will support the profile of a leading skincare product. "This is a fantastic start to 2007, reflecting our continued commitment to growth. We're delighted to be involved with these exciting projects", said New Business Lead, Dr Jo Oswald.