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.

Ivy Grace Rivera, BSc, Senior Medical Writer I

In 2009, I graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippines, with a BSc in Nursing. l started to work as an occupational health nurse for 3 years, and I enjoyed providing health education and promoting wellness and safety the most.

In 2014, I had the greatest opportunity to work as a medical writer at Cognizant Technology Solutions. From this experience, I learned so much about regulatory medical writing and clinical research, and I found the industry very interesting and the work so fulfilling that I enjoyed and valued the process for 7 years. I gained expertise in writing patient narratives in different therapeutic areas including oncology, cardiovascular, haematology, immunology, metabolic disorders, and rare genetic diseases. I also had the opportunity to do project management, which helped me grow as a medical writer and a leader. In 2022, I moved to the UK in hopes of counting more years and building more knowledge in medical writing, and I am thrilled to start this chapter at Bham Pharma.

Beyond the challenge of work and the comfort of home, you can find me at a concert, feasting my senses on live music, or at a new place, feasting my lenses on beautiful scenery.

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.

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, and 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, Medical Writer I, 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 learned 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 at 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.

Erin Thompson, MSc, Junior Medical Writer

I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2021 with a first-class integrated master’s degree in Biochemistry with Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. By studying this broad subject, I was introduced to a wide range of scientific topics ranging from cellular and molecular pathology to synthetic biology. From cancer proteomic analysis to cell biology of development. The breadth of this course allowed me to also study science in society. This was my first opportunity to explore different types of science communications, impact assessments, technical summaries, policy briefings, etc. I realised that by pursuing a career in science communications, I did not have to identify a niche area of interest. I found my passion in learning about various scientific topics thoroughly enough to communicate them to non-specialist audiences. As a lifelong learner, I am excited to join Bham Pharma as a Junior Medical Writer and continue exploring a variety of research areas.

In my final year at University, I entered the role of subject editor for the biochemistry and biomedicine editorial board of the BILT student-run research journal. Here, I learned how to constructively critique research articles and positively relay this feedback to the authors. I led a team of 12 to organise a call for abstracts, develop marking criteria, and arrange to edit and maintain communication between the senior editors/authors/reviewers. Along with my studies of science in society, this role helped me identify a career in science communications as my goal.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had to complete a ‘dry-lab’ research project in my final year of my master’s which involved extensive statistical analyses of large proteomic datasets. Through this, I became skilled at ensuring my findings were communicated effectively with my writing and figures. The lack of ‘wet-lab’ experimental results meant that my conclusions had to be sufficiently evidenced by the data, and this had to be communicated clearly. This project was invaluable as it showed me that I could write a research report that explained complex scientific concepts and thorough statistical analyses, develop carefully curated diagrams, and use my scientific knowledge combined with my creative flair.

After graduating, I completed a 3-month research placement at the University of Warwick where I worked on various projects concerning protein expression and purification. During this time I used my skillset to simulate protein structures using PyMol, with the aim to publish these images. It became abundantly clear to me the importance of a good figure in science communications and the impact this can have on the overall clarity of a document. This is a vital skill I am excited to bring to my position at Bham Pharma.

Jessica Page-Campbell, MSc, Junior Medical Writer

I graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Biological Sciences (2:1) in 2020, and an MSc in Science Communication (Merit) in 2021. My desire to pursue the field of science communication first came to fruition when I undertook my final year science media project. For this project, I produced several documents ranging from an illustrated children’s book to a news article, all communicating the concept of the microbiome.

During my MSc, I was able to develop my communication skills further, mainly through critically analysing pieces of communication and then learning to apply communicative strategies in my own work. I found myself especially intrigued by the sphere of health communication after conducting research into health campaigns, public service announcements and health-related discussion forums. This led me to realise that I wished to pursue a career in medical communication.

However, my plans were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst I worked in a covid testing lab, due to the demand for help. Now, with the closure of the lab, I have resumed my pursuit of a job in science communication. I am delighted to begin my career as a Junior Medical Writer at Bham Pharma since this role not only allows for the expansion of my science communication skills but offers me valuable experience in the medical communications industry.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking in the peak district and going out (too much) with my friends. I also love wild swimming (although my options are quite limited living in Manchester).