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HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY TO SPIRIT!!

We are so excited to be celebrating 10 years of medical communications excellence!! Since our founding back in April 2006, Spirit’s first priority has always been to provide a service that ‘goes beyond’ the expectations of our clients, by providing high-level scientific expertise coupled with a truly agile approach that makes a real difference to…Read more »

We are so excited to be celebrating 10 years of medical communications excellence!!

Since our founding back in April 2006, Spirit’s first priority has always been to provide a service that ‘goes beyond’ the expectations of our clients, by providing high-level scientific expertise coupled with a truly agile approach that makes a real difference to their business.  We are immensely proud of our achievements over the years, and in particular that many of our clients who were with us from day one are still partnering with us today.

We would like to thank all of our clients, business partners and friends for their support over the last decade, and look forward to an exciting and successful next 10 years!

 

Follow the link below to read our press release

Spirit 10 years_Press Release

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10 years, 10k, 10 runners…

As part of our forthcoming 10 year celebrations, 10 runners from the Spirit team are entering the Cheshire 10k run, come and cheer us on! The race will be held at Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire on Sunday 10th April at 9:30am. The team are raising money for CAF – UN World Food Programme,…Read more »

As part of our forthcoming 10 year celebrations, 10 runners from the Spirit team are entering the Cheshire 10k run, come and cheer us on!

The race will be held at Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire on Sunday 10th April at 9:30am. The team are raising money for CAF – UN World Food Programme, help us to ‘go beyond’ our target by donating via our just giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Spirit10

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Spotlight on ISMPP: Post event newsletter

Two of our publication leads at Spirit attended the recent ISMPP EU meeting in London last month. Dawn Lobban (CMPP) moderated an interesting panel session on GPP3 and facilitated a roundtable discussion with key experts on patient lay summaries, while Fiona Bolland (CMPP) presented a poster on ‘The impact of data extrapolation on publication plans…Read more »

Two of our publication leads at Spirit attended the recent ISMPP EU meeting in London last month. Dawn Lobban (CMPP) moderated an interesting panel session on GPP3 and facilitated a roundtable discussion with key experts on patient lay summaries, while Fiona Bolland (CMPP) presented a poster on ‘The impact of data extrapolation on publication plans for biosimilars’.

Dawn and Fiona really enjoyed the discussions at ISMPP and have captured some of the key insights in a newsletter. We hope you find this summary useful – indeed if any of the ‘hot topics’ are of particular interest, the team would be delighted to discuss these with you further and provide more detail. As publications are a core part of our business, we have a genuine interest in how the field is evolving and how we can continue to provide an optimal service to our clients and authors.

 

 

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ISMPP EU 2016 – Spirit poster presentation

Hot off the press! The Spirit team have particular expertise in partnering with clients to develop and deliver strategic communication plans and publication plans to support the development and launch of biosimilars for a number of indications. Our team have recently analysed clinical data publications to investigate the extent of post-approval studies performed in indications…Read more »

Hot off the press!
The Spirit team have particular expertise in partnering with clients to develop and deliver strategic communication plans and publication plans to support the development and launch of biosimilars for a number of indications. Our team have recently analysed clinical data publications to investigate the extent of post-approval studies performed in indications granted by extrapolation to determine potential differences in the approach taken to encourage the use of biosimilars in extrapolated indications across different therapy areas. These data provide insights into the level of acceptance of the biosimilar concept in different specialities.

This original research is being presented at the ISMPP EU meeting today (19th January 2016) and published in the 12th Annual Meeting of ISMPP abstract supplement to CMRO (Kramer et.al. 2016).

For live updates and to join in the conversation, follow us:

Twitter @spirit_med

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Maintaining compliance standards

At Spirit we understand the importance of keeping up to date with external guidelines (GPP3, ICH, ABPI, EFPIA etc.) to ensure that we work to the highest ethical and professional standards as we deliver med comms projects for our clients. Last week Caroline (Principal Medical Writer), Henry (Senior Account Executive), Nicola (Associate Medical Writer) and…Read more »

At Spirit we understand the importance of keeping up to date with external guidelines (GPP3, ICH, ABPI, EFPIA etc.) to ensure that we work to the highest ethical and professional standards as we deliver med comms projects for our clients.

Last week Caroline (Principal Medical Writer), Henry (Senior Account Executive), Nicola (Associate Medical Writer) and Louise (Account Manager) headed down to High Wycombe, UK, to attend European Marketing Codes & Compliance training. The one day workshop was led by Dr Judith Grice of PharmaCodes Compliance Limited, a specialist resource on compliance for those involved in the promotion of prescription medicines in the UK, Europe and Asia/Pacific regions.

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The importance of medical publications

The importance of biomedical publications for the communication of clinical data cannot be underestimated, and industry guidelines require that these data are communicated accurately, completely, and in a balanced and timely manner. Spirit publications teams are highly qualified and skilled in the communication of such data in a compliant and ethical manner. Our teams are…Read more »

The importance of biomedical publications for the communication of clinical data cannot be underestimated, and industry guidelines require that these data are communicated accurately, completely, and in a balanced and timely manner.

Spirit publications teams are highly qualified and skilled in the communication of such data in a compliant and ethical manner. Our teams are led by International Society for Medical Publications Professionals (ISMPP) accredited Certified Medical Publication Professionals (CMPPTM). As the name suggests, an ISMPP CMPPTM qualification verifies that the holder is an experienced medical publications professional and is proficient in good publication practice. Furthermore, holders of this qualification have shown themselves to be committed to ethical and transparent data dissemination standards. Read more about CMPPTM accreditation here.

“It’s important in our industry to have a good understanding of all the regulations associated with publications. This allows us to optimise our services and provide the best advice to our clients. Successfully completing the CMPP program demonstrates a good understanding of the relevant guidelines and how to apply them in every day practice: it gives us the confidence that we are working to best-practice standards, and our clients the confidence that we are experienced publication professionals.”

Dawn Lobban, Director, Medical Strategy

 “Earning the certification shows that you are committed to your profession and gives your employer, colleagues, and clients reason to trust in your abilities as a publications expert (as well as giving them that bit of extra encouragement to hire you if the need arises!) Plus, it’s always good to have more letters after your name!”

Fiona Bolland, Scientific Director

You can read more about the Spirit policy on biomedical publications here, and get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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Spirit at the University of Manchester (updated)

Spirit were thrilled to take part in the Network Pharma MedComms career event at the University of Manchester on 16th September 2015. Asif, Tony, Henry and Holly were onsite to represent Team Spirit at this recruitment focused event, which gave potential MedComms recruits an opportunity to grill various companies and learn more about this exciting…Read more »

Spirit were thrilled to take part in the Network Pharma MedComms career event at the University of Manchester on 16th September 2015. Asif, Tony, Henry and Holly were onsite to represent Team Spirit at this recruitment focused event, which gave potential MedComms recruits an opportunity to grill various companies and learn more about this exciting career. We met many enthusiastic and energetic potential recruits, and we were really impressed with their level of MedComms knowledge.

A total of ten leading MedComms agencies sent representatives, which included both junior and senior staff. Delegates were given the chance to find out more about the medical communications industry and the different types of companies over tea and nibbles. Frequently asked questions included the travel involved in MedComms jobs, the variety of work, and how to gain experience that would look great on your CV when applying to MedComms companies. Delegates were also interested to hear from Team Spirit about the particular benefits of working for a smaller agency, including early exposure to a wide range of initiatives , opportunities to input into company strategy and the friendly atmosphere in the office.

A number of excellent presentations, including one entitled “Tricks and tips for gaining that elusive first job”, were delivered, and delegates were able to participate in a question and answer session with a panel of experienced MedComms folk.

If you’d like more information about working at Spirit, a supportive team that empowers your growth in a flexible environment, contact Dawn Lobban.

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Spirit at the University of Manchester

We are delighted to confirm that the Spirit team will be in attendance at the Medical Communications Careers Event, Manchester University on Wednesday, 16th September.   The event offers post-docs, PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments the opportunity to learn about a career in medical communications.  The Spirit team will be available from…Read more »

We are delighted to confirm that the Spirit team will be in attendance at the Medical Communications Careers Event, Manchester University on Wednesday, 16th September.   The event offers post-docs, PhD students and others from the biomedical sciences departments the opportunity to learn about a career in medical communications.  The Spirit team will be available from 1pm to 5.30pm at our stand to answer any questions as well as provide insight into working within an exciting global medical communications agency.

Where:  Medical Communications Career Event, Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, The University of Manchester

(directions – see building 35)

When:  Wednesday 16th September, 2015. Registration begins at 1pm, keynote speakers from 1.30pm finishing with afternoon tea and informal discussion from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

See you there!

For more information contact Dawn Lobban

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GPP3 and ISMPP Ethics Committee’s perspective piece on publication planning

The recently published Good Publication Practice 3 (GPP3) guidelines, updated from the 2009 GPP2 guidelines, provide recommendations that are intended to help individuals and organisations maintain ethical, balanced and transparent publication practices that comply with legal and regulatory requirements. GPP3 was initiated and sponsored by the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), and covers…Read more »

The recently published Good Publication Practice 3 (GPP3) guidelines, updated from the 2009 GPP2 guidelines, provide recommendations that are intended to help individuals and organisations maintain ethical, balanced and transparent publication practices that comply with legal and regulatory requirements. GPP3 was initiated and sponsored by the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP), and covers publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as presentations at scientific congresses.

Following the release of the GPP3 guidelines, the ISMPP Ethics Committee has published a perspectives piece on publication planning. This article discusses issues in publication ethics and the role and importance of well-organised publication planning in improving the overall integrity of the research process. In particular, the topics of authorship, acknowledgements, transparency and duplicate publications are debated. Indeed, rigorous publication planning can avoid such oversights as missed acknowledgements and guest authorship, both of which are serious ethical breaches, and can help avoid inappropriate practices, such as duplicate publications or untimely publication of partial results.

The authors conclude that effective publication planning can ultimately ensure that the scientific objectives of research are communicated to the medical community, health authorities and patients in a timely manner, and can provide important support for maintaining scientific and ethical research standards.

The full text of the article is available here, and you can read more about Spirit’s Publication Policy and our ethical approach to publications here.

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Another successful advisory board!

It is that time of the year… the time when you give yourself a pat on the back for having not only survived the last six months, but also navigated the first part of the year’s advisory boards, congresses, standalones etc. While the majority of clients have a well-earned rest over the summer, we look…Read more »

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It is that time of the year… the time when you give yourself a pat on the back for having not only survived the last six months, but also navigated the first part of the year’s advisory boards, congresses, standalones etc. While the majority of clients have a well-earned rest over the summer, we look forward to doing it all again in September and, in the meantime, getting some filing done!

With this in mind, it is with some relief and a tremendous amount of pride that we, the Spirit team, are happy to say that we have just completed the last big event of the season – yeah baby!!

A global standalone in was held in the lovely city of Prague in the Czech Republic. It was a one and a half day educational meeting with a global faculty of 16 great multidisciplinary speakers who shared their insights on the latest developments in their field. The carefully designed programme was not only highly informative, but also highly interactive with numerous case study presentations and panel debates. Simultaneous translation of the meeting as well as a live webcast and a meeting-specific website were also available to the delegates.

It was an arduous but satisfying task especially as the feedback from nearly 200 attendees across 17 countries was all extremely positive, which is brilliant! Our client was of course also thrilled… but never a team to rest on our laurels, we are looking to building on the live interaction elements showcased this year and bring even more digital technology to future offerings.

It wasn’t all work though as the team did get time for a quick one (or two)!!

By Verity and Sarah

To find our more about our scientific standalone meeting support see our meetings and events services page

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