I’ve always loved the creativity and curiosity behind the ideas and questions that drive scientific research projects. When I read the grant application for my PhD, I was so excited and enthusiastic to start tackling all that the lab could throw at me. My research was in the area of biological chemistry, designing and synthesising chemical probes to study biological systems.

I had a supportive supervisor and a friendly group of research colleagues. I (mostly!) enjoyed my time at the bench. At the end of it, though, I couldn’t quite imagine myself working in a lab or research environment forever. I found the day-to-day tasks could be discouraging. Why hadn’t that experiment worked, when it had worked last time? When I honestly assessed what I enjoyed most about my PhD and 1-year post-doc, it was writing about the research – describing the problem or question to be investigated, how this was done, what was found and why anyone should care. I was worried that perhaps I was too specialised in a niche area to be able to change direction easily. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. In fact my PhD was the perfect springboard into an interesting, challenging and rewarding career that I hadn’t even known existed!

Through the University of Oxford Careers Service I got hold of a magazine with information about medical writing. Without knowing much about what a medical writer did, I got in touch with Insight Medical Writing (now Certara Insight) who invited me to an open day. The description of what makes a good regulatory writer resonated with me. I applied and, after my interviews and writing tests, I was offered a position as a medical writer.

I’ve always loved learning and that continues to be an exciting and stimulating part of my work, even after nearly 11 years. I enjoy working with clients in a broad range of therapeutic areas, including oncology, gastroenterology, haematology, immunology, neurology and psychiatry. In my current role as an Associate Director, I am responsible for managing the preparation of clinical documents for regulatory submissions, as well as providing scientific input and expertise. I am passionate about mentoring and training new writers, and spreading the word about the exciting and expanding field of regulatory writing.

After years of not being sure in what role I could apply my scientific interests and training, I am so glad to have stumbled upon medical writing. I would encourage anyone who is interested to consider this rewarding career path.


This personal profile first appeared in the FirstMedCommsJob careers guide, A writer’s role in drug development: a guide to getting started in regulatory medical writing, published August 2022

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