At AXON we are proud of our in-house medical writing expertise. Stemming from a variety of different backgrounds – from academic researchers and trained pharmacists through to former journalists and publishing professionals – our writers bring scientific rigor and creative flair to every writing task, whether it’s a scientific publication of a pivotal clinical trial or an educational storybook for children suffering from a rare hereditary disorder.

We believe that supporting our talented team in training opportunities is one of the most important aspects of an engaged team. So we decided to offer a special competition that would provide a unique training opportunity for our medical writers. The winner of the competition would be sponsored by AXON London to attend the annual conference of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) in Birmingham 02-06 May. EMWA is a thriving not-for-profit organization that aims to support and train medical communicators and promote the profession of medical writing. Founded in 1989 by a small group of individuals passionate about medical communication, EMWA has grown to have more than 1,000 members in 39 countries, and continues to be one of the only organizations offering a professional development program specifically designed for medical writers. Not only would the winner be able to attend numerous workshops on topics as diverse as ‘information sources for medical writers’ and ‘satellite symposia: considerations, complexities and delivery,’ but he or she would also have the opportunity to network with other medical writers from across the globe.

For many of us, the potential that our work may positively impact on patients is a powerful driver for why we got into healthcare communications. Therefore, the competition challenge was to craft an essay on the topic, ‘How medical writing saves lives.’

Our AXON London Training and Scientific & Excellence committees conducted a blinded review of the submitted entries, and a clear winner was identified; a piece written by Flavia Sciota, PhD. As well as looking at the topic from an unusual angle, Flavia’s submission combined drama with a clear understanding of the role that scientific publications can play in raising awareness of new treatment options among physicians and patients. Our congratulations go to Flavia for her creative submission; we hope you all enjoy reading it below!

EMWA writing competition winning entry 2017_Flavia Sciota