Bilal Bham, MSc, Managing Director, Principal Medical Writer
I graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Genetics (2.1 Hons), and an MSc in Immunology and Immunogenetics, completing placements with the European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL) and the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Reports (Heidelberg, Germany), and at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research (PICR; Manchester, UK). Whilst at EMBO, an article I had published in the Science and Society section sparked my interest in and creative flair for scientific writing.
I became a medical writer, first at a CRO that was called Accovion (now CliniPace), then at Sanofi, both in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. On my return to England, I joined a small biopharmaceutical company, Renovo. I’d always wanted to be my own boss, and its liquidation 8 months after I joined presented me with the opportunity to become a freelance medical writer, the success of which led to the launch of Bham Pharma Ltd.
My passion for technology and flair for marketing enabled me to diversify the business when I realised the potential for content to engage over social media. Bham Digital Ltd was the result, bringing together the best of hard science and effective social media, what I call “compliant medical social media”.
When I am not medical writing, I can be found in the gym at the crack of dawn, on a Latin dancefloor at the weekend, watching a movie in the evenings (I have about 1,000 DVDs and a Netflix account!), listening to 80’s and chillout music, engaging in personal growth and development, or on stage doing musicals with my amateur dramatics group. I believe in helping people and am heavily involved within my community with our community association, and am on the board of several other community help organisations. I love watching sports, my football team is Manchester United (I know…!), and I follow England and Team GB in everything. I also enjoy blogging and vlogging about personal growth, food, and politics.
Frances Edwards, MSc, Senior Medical Writer I, Medical Communications and Medical Marketing Manager
I am a UK-based life sciences professional with a background in biomedical and pharmaceutical research, clinical trial setup and conduct, regulatory affairs, medical content creation and translation. I have a passion for communicating science and making scientific information accessible for a wide range of audiences.
I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience in 2010. I then decided to do an MSc in Medical Sciences to broaden my knowledge at the University of Ulster which I completed in 2013.
I first started as a medical information officer at Professional Information in 2014 which provided me with a good basis and insight into the medical communications industry. I worked with many clients across a broad range of therapy areas, handled enquiries from healthcare professionals and patients, reported adverse events and PQC’s, and wrote standard response documents. I moved down to Surrey at the end of 2015 and worked for a couple of pharmaceutical companies which provided me with further medical information experience as well as being involved in copy approval, auditing, creating SOPs and WIs and regulatory writing. Finally, I moved back to the northeast and I secured a job working remotely for Med Communications based in Memphis, Tennessee where I worked with clients from across the USA.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my 3-year-old daughter, visiting family, cooking, and reading.
Gauri Shetgaonkar, BDS, Senior Medical Writer I, Regulatory Medical Writing Manager
I graduated in Dental surgery from the University of Goa, India, in 2009. During my studies, pharmacology and medicine were my favourite subjects. I learned about clinical research while doing an internship which I found very interesting.
After practising as a Dentist for 2 years, I moved to Mumbai. There, I got an opportunity to work as a medical writer for a multinational company and loved it. Since then, I have worked in companies based in India and the UK, where I currently reside. Overall, I have nearly 5 years of medical writing experience in big pharma and biotech firms.
My writing experience includes regulatory documents including study protocols and amendments, clinical study reports, patient narratives, investigator’s brochures, informed consent forms, and aggregate safety reports across multiple therapeutic areas, primarily oncology.
The intellectual challenge of medical writing excites me, plus it satiates my ceaselessly curious mind with new knowledge every day. I believe in working wholeheartedly and delivering my best.
Outside of work, I like to exercise (gym/home/outdoors), dance, read, or simply spend time at home.
Gabriella Buki, MSc, Senior Medical Writer I, Quality Control Manager
I graduated from the Eötvös Loránd Science University, Budapest, Hungary, with a diploma in Molecular Biology in 2011. During my university years, I participated in immunology and microbiology research projects, and I worked as a research assistant at the Department of Microbiology for three more years after my graduation. From 2014 onwards, I held various positions in the pharmaceutical industry, starting as a Clinical Data Manager at the Life Sciences department of Cognizant Technology Solutions, working on the setup and conduct of phase II oncology studies for Sanofi. Whilst there, I switched to Regulatory Affairs to broaden my knowledge and skillset, and with my team, I participated in regulatory database management projects and supported the global labelling team of Boehringer Ingelheim.
I became a Medical Writer in 2016 at Syntesia Medical Communications, Budapest, Hungary. Here, I was responsible for the development and delivery of high-quality medical materials including research publication summaries, marketing brochures, pharmaceutical training materials, slide decks, health-related web and mobile applications, and for the content management of therapeutic area-specific online publication databases. Our main client was Bayer. Being a remote position, this job also allowed me to move to Edinburgh, Scotland, where I currently live.
I am also a certified medical and scientific translator, member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and my work has allowed me to build up an exceptionally wide knowledge of therapeutic areas and document types.
Outside of work, I enjoy volunteering in non-profit community cultural organizations (Hungarian Tolkien Society, Beltane Fire Society), medieval re-enactment, dancing, crafting and exploring my city by bike.
Alice Hamilton, PhD, Medical Writer I
I graduated with a first-class BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Dundee in 2011. In 2016, I graduated with a MRes in Inflammation: Vascular and Cellular Aspects from Queen Mary University of London. In 2020, I completed my PhD in cardiovascular pathophysiology at the William Harvey Institute, Queen Mary University of London. Throughout my PhD, I loved participating in and organising science communication events, patient days and charity fundraisers.
After completing my PhD, I moved back to Scotland, where I did a short postdoctoral scientist position in the field of immunology. I realised during this time, that the aspect of science I enjoyed most was the effective communication of medical research. Writing and learning about the latest scientific advancements in medicine has always been a passion of mine. I am excited to begin my career in medical research.
In my spare time, I can be found going on long country walks, taking photos, exercising, and exploring the world.
Sandra Borkowska-Heurtaux, PhD, Medical Writer I
I came to live in Scotland in 2006, right after my A-Levels, and with an offer to study BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science at Edinburgh Napier University. I deferred my entry to 2007, so I had the time to get to know Scotland and its inhabitants a bit better. I spent that year travelling and meeting lots of new people. Throughout my full-time undergraduate degree, I worked full-time nightshifts in the retail and hospitality sectors. I graduated in 2012, and during my final year research project, I investigated putatively novel bacterial species found in wastewater using molecular genetics and microbiology laboratory techniques.
Upon successful completion of my undergraduate degree, I was offered a fixed-term Research Associate position at Edinburgh Napier University. I worked on a commercial project for Panton McLeod Ltd., and I investigated the efficacy of proprietary biocides against a range of human pathogens. The project was delivered on time and within the budget.
My research interest has led me to take up a PhD in Environmental Biotechnology. I graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2019. My research project was multidisciplinary and involved microbiology, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and mathematical modelling methods. I looked at the application of low-cost, environment-friendly, microbial biomass in the removal of heavy metals from wastewater.
I liked working in the laboratory, making discoveries, and solving issues. However, I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life wearing the lab coat. Throughout my student days, I enjoyed writing lab reports, essays, theses, and preparing PowerPoint presentations for international conferences. My written work was always of a high standard and received lots of excellent feedback. This has led me to develop a keen interest in Medical Writing, and I knew that this was the direction I wanted to take for my future.
Right after my PhD our daughter Viviana was born and I decided to take a 2-year career break to focus on my family.
In April 2021, I started my professional career as a Manufacturing Technical Writer for Terumo Aortic, a global medical device company dedicated to developing solutions for aortic and peripheral vascular disease. In this role, I was responsible for producing documents that follow internal SOPs, as well as current regulatory guidelines, i.e., ISO13485, ISO14001, FDA, etc. I was also responsible for departmental training on the use of the Quality Management System, MasterControl. I created a series of documents such as work instructions and flyers for the trainees, as well as training videos.
My hunger for development and learning about cutting-edge products has led me to secure my current position as Medical Writer I at Bham Pharma, where I hope I will grow and make valuable contributions to this very talented and knowledgeable team.
In my spare time you can find me strolling on the beach – no matter the weather, driving, listening to the 80’s music, cooking, or mushroom foraging.
Emmaline Tregembo, BSc, Medical Writer I, Team Leader
I recently graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Pharmacology (2:1) and have joined the team as an intern to gain some professional experience in the industry. During my third year of university, I undertook a 5-month research placement in Northern Spain, where I began to realise the writing aspects of the role were what really interested me. I have since been working in a beach-side bar and restaurant in Cornwall, where I currently live with my Mum and two Jack Russell’s. Although a great location to work, I am eager to hang up my apron and begin my career in medical writing.
When I am not at work I can either be found walking along the many coastal paths or found in the kitchen baking some extravagant concoction (Great British Bake Off look out!).
Chloe Dodsworth, BSc, Medical Writer I, Project Coordinator
I graduated from the University of Bath with a first-class degree in Pharmacology (BSc) in 2020 and am delighted to join Bham Pharma as a medical writing intern. As part of my degree, I undertook a research placement which proved to be a valuable experience. The placement made me realise that although being in a lab coat, conducting experiments was important, I much preferred writing up reports using the data collected. I am looking forward to gaining experience in medical writing and hope that this will be the start of my career in this sector. Having previously worked in various dynamic settings (a community Pharmacy, an independent pottery shop, and a high-end retailer), I am keen to apply my degree and organisation skills to medical writing projects.
In my spare time, I can be found reading, baking, spending time with family, or getting my hands dirty with clay making wheel-thrown ceramics from my small home studio in Oxfordshire.
Vaishali Gursal, MSc, Junior Medical Writer, Leader of Women’s Health
In 2019, I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Neuroscience (Upper Second Class). I then went on to obtain my MSc in Clinical Neuroscience (Distinction) from University College London in 2020. Whilst conducting research for my master’s dissertation, I discovered my passion for scientific writing and began exploring how cutting-edge research conducted in laboratories and clinical trials can be implemented in hospitals to improve patient health. Through my temporary work experience at a couple of medical communication companies, I have learned that a variety of scientific materials are used to translate complex data into interesting and compelling messages. I am looking forward to building on my understanding of the science communications industry, as well as applying the transferable skills I have picked up during my degrees and working in retail to a range of medical writing projects. I am delighted to begin my career as a medical writing intern at Bham Pharma!
In my spare time, I enjoy reading fiction and science-related books, cooking, baking, yoga and spending time with my friends and family (even virtually!).
Saffron Smith, MSc, Junior Medical Writer
I recently graduated from the University of York with a first-class integrated master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and am excited to get involved in the world of medical writing.
After my second year at university, I undertook a summer research placement in the neuroscience department at York. This primarily consisted of technical laboratory work but the data I collected contributed to the department’s research and was ultimately published. I learnt a lot about the writing process from this experience, which is what first piqued my interest in medical writing. This interest was further consolidated in my final year where, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was unable to complete my laboratory work. However, I soon realised that I much preferred writing up the data I had already collected into my final report. I am grateful for this opportunity at Bham Pharma and am looking forward to gaining experience in medical writing!
In my spare time, I enjoy sports such as badminton and running, as well as cooking and baking. I can also be found relaxing via reading, music, journaling or knitting.
Amy Wilson, MSc, Junior Medical Writer
I completed my BSc (First-Class, Hons) at the University of Southampton and MScR at the University of Bristol in Biological Sciences. Alongside my studies, I gained a variety of work experience including teaching, translating, proofreading, and laboratory internships from which I developed strong time management, communication, and teamwork skills. In 2021, I was awarded a scholarship from DAAD to complete a 3-month internship at the University of Freiburg in Germany from which I gained experience conducting research in a molecular microbiology lab. Despite enjoying lab work during my degree and internships, I discovered my particular interest lies in science communication and writing. I am excited to put my transferable skills to use and further develop my scientific writing skills as a Junior Medical Writer at Bham Pharma.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, language learning, yoga, cooking, playing badminton, and spending time with my friends and family.
Lucy-Paige Willows, BSc, Junior Medical Writer
As a recent graduate from the University of Exeter with a first-class degree in Natural Sciences, I had the opportunity to gain a range of skills across a breadth of scientific subjects. This is what initially drew me to my degree, as I have always been inquisitive about all aspects of science. I also gained a lot of experience in research, through a variety of individual and group projects as well as an internship at the University of Exeter, which was in collaboration with the MET Office. Although I have an appreciation for the entire research process, it became clear to me that I had both an aptitude and a passion for the communication aspect of it. Therefore, I am thrilled to begin working for Bham Pharma as a Junior Medical Writer, a role that will not only help me continue broadening my knowledge but will also enable me to develop my scientific communication skills and pursue a career with them.
Following the completion of my degree I moved up to Edinburgh, Scotland where in my free time I can be found exploring the highlands, going on runs (very occasionally, I must emphasize), reading, writing creatively, and most importantly, relaxing with a cup of tea.