Chris Grantham has been in medical communications for 10 years and has worked in client-facing roles of increasing seniority in smoking cessation, neuropathic pain, Crohn’s disease, RA, MS and Alzheimer’s. Prior to this he was at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development in Belgium where he spent 4 years as a drug discovery project leader in psychiatry and 4 years in neurology medical affairs helping with the launch of Razadyne. Earlier, Chris was a senior staff scientist at Eli Lilly in the UK on where he worked on an asthma research project and set up novel drug discovery technologies for the neuroscience group.  Chris obtained his PhD at the Hunterian Institute (University of London) in Biochemical Pharmacology and also has an MSc in Pharmacology and a BSc (Hons) in Zoology.  Following his PhD, he took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Miami Medical School, Florida, researching pulmonary vascular inflammation and became an external consultant to a medical device company developing vascular grafts. Subsequently at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London he worked on mechanisms involved in cardiac excitation-contraction coupling.

Q. What has been the highlight of your communications career so far?
A. Successfully providing content and onsite support for large regional medical alliance meeting in Seoul, South Korea

Q. What is the best piece of comms advice you’ve ever been given?
A. Try to make comms an interesting conversation, whoever your audience is

Q. Which media source do you trust most?
A. My gut tells me the BBC (but I guess I am biased) – they tend to be a little more balanced and a little less sensational than some sources

Q. What company/brand would you most like to work on?
A. Not sure which company will get there first but I’d like to be part of the effort to bring the first truly disease-modifying therapy to patients with one of the devastating neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s,  Alzheimer’s or ALS

Q. Which communicator do you most admire? (Past or present)
A. David Attenborough, natural history documentary-maker (even at the age of 90!) , conservationist, television presenter and formerly pioneering BBC program-maker

Q. What is your top comms tip?
A. Draw confidence from the fact that if you are in this business you are an expert in biomedical storytelling, which is a talent that not many have

Q. The best thing about working in comms is…
A. Helping to bring medical and scientific advances alive and at a level understandable to all audiences

Q.If I wasn’t in comms I would…
A. Love to race formula 1 racing cars

Q. Tell us something that very few people know about you
A. I was a tenor in a scratch choir singing Vivaldi’s Gloria to raise money for a cancer charity in London

Q. When I am not working I like to…
A. Ski, sail competitively, cook, supporting my daughters’ interests (one is a teenage competitive swimmer, the other is a young adult exploring a horticultural career)