What attracted you to this career in the first place?
I kicked off my career as a freelance medical copywriter and consultant 14 years ago, after a decade of handling creative and editorial roles at various UK healthcare advertising, public relations and medical education agencies. In 2017, I began trading as a limited company (MediQuill Ltd).
I originally achieved a BA degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida over 20 years ago. Today, you might call this subject ‘Media Studies’ but at that point, the internet was in its infancy. So my degree focused on traditional journalism, advertising, creative writing, public relations, photojournalism, design and economics. I also completed an internship as a junior copywriter in the communications department of a private hospital in Tampa, Florida.
That initial role gave me an excellent opportunity to combine my new communications skills with my creative marketing flair to target clinical specialists and private patients. After graduating and returning to London, I used these skills to win a fulltime medical copywriter job working for a small ethical advertising agency.
Several years later, after moving to different UK MedComms agencies, I began studying part-time for a BSc in Life Sciences, at the Open University, where I focused on psychology. That gave me insight into different aspects of human healthcare. Along with my diverse agency experience, this scientific knowledge helped me to craft focused content for over 50 therapeutic areas, as well as countless over-the-counter products (OTC), prescription brands, disease awareness, and corporate communications.