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 and 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 5-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, Quality Control Manager
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. 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.
Varsha Toshniwal, MSc, Medical Writer II
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy with distinction in 2009 and then went on to pursue a master’s in Pharmacy from the Birla Institute of Technology, India, in 2011, specialising in Pharmaceutics.
Subsequently, I was campus placed at Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, India, within the formulation research department where I spent 4 years developing various pharmaceutical dosage forms for regulated markets. Here, I was exposed to the concept of “Quality by Design” which shifted my approach from empirical product development to design-based product development. I learnt various techniques quickly and was one of the members who wrote the “Design of Experiment” technical reports.
My background in science and interest in writing opened a new path for me as a technical writer at ThermoFisher Scientific, UK, where I enjoyed crafting reports for a variety of antimicrobial susceptibility devices as per in vitro medical device regulations. I am excited about joining Bham Pharma as a Medical Writer II.
In my spare time, I love to travel, enjoy mindful moments in nature, read avidly, and spend time with my family.
Aarti Chauhan, MSc, Medical Writer II
I am a qualified Biomedical Scientist in haematology and blood transfusion, with a background in pharmaceutical research, medical content creation and translation.
I graduated from Coventry University with a BSc in Biomedical science (Hons), and an MSc in Biomedical science with professional experience, completing placements with university hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) and a research internship in Malawi, Africa.
My interest in having a creative flair for scientific writing was inspired during my time at UHCW, where I had an article published in the Musculoskeletal Care journal.
My journey started in 2015 as a junior medical writer, which provided me with a solid foundation and perspective on medical communications. In 2018, I made the decision to work remotely for another pharmaceutical company as a medical writer. I gained significant experience in communicating scientific data to the general audience through publications, social media, and press releases while working with numerous clients in a variety of therapy areas.
Outside of work, you can find me in theatre class, acting, modelling, and dancing on ice!
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 have 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 II, 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 Russells. 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. I 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, Medical Writer I
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 in 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.
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 lab’s closure, 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).
Helen Jolly, MSc, Junior Medical Writer
I graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Genetics (1st) and recently completed my MSc in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis (Human Complex Trait Genetics) at the University of Edinburgh. My first experience with science communication was during work experience back in 2020 – managing the Twitter account for the VIKING II research project (a genetic cohort study of populations with Shetland and Orkney ancestry). Most of my writing experience has been through the write-up of large projects, in particular my MSc research project, in which I investigated the genetic architecture of addiction and its correlation with a range of other disease traits in the Generation Scotland cohort. My knowledge of disease epidemiology and experience handling and analysing genome data has provided me with a solid understanding of biostatistics, which I hope to be able to bring to Bham Pharma. I am looking forward to building my understanding of the industry across a breadth of therapeutic areas in my role as a Junior Medical writer.
Outside of work I enjoy gym, netball, travelling, cooking, seeing my friends and going out. I’m also into sustainable fashion so I source and sell clothes (when I have time!).