Having always enjoyed science, I decided to study biochemistry at university (Imperial College London) with the aim of pursuing a career in science. I enjoyed working in a lab, but my strengths lie in communicating science, so I went into academic publishing. I took a job as a Commissioning Editor, commissioning and processing the content for two scientific journals. It was in this role that I learnt editing skills and how scientific research is published.
After 4 years, I moved into medical communications, which has allowed me to develop my creative skills and to have more input into the materials that I work on. I enjoy focusing on the fine details and really adding value to written communications.
I joined Oxford PharmaGenesis in 2018, and working alongside experienced senior editors has given me the opportunity to improve my editing skills greatly; I find their feedback and advice invaluable. We’re a supportive team and we work closely, even though we not all are based in the same office.
Having variety in my work is very important to me; I am glad to be able to work on different accounts and to help to create different types of material in different therapy areas. I also like working with our Creative team to achieve attractive designs and layouts. At Oxford PharmaGenesis, editors progress projects through to print, and I find it very rewarding to hold the end product in my own hands. Of course, not all projects are printed; we also work with our in-house Digital team on a variety of digital projects. It’s exciting to get involved in creating engaging and interactive material.
I am based in the London office of Oxford PharmaGenesis; it’s wonderful to be surrounded by activity and to have galleries, shops and restaurants on our doorstep. The team in London are sociable and we make the most of our superb office location by having lunch in St James’s Park and going out together after work.
Oxford PharmaGenesis won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time in April 2019; it’s fantastic to be recognized as a strong and growing company. The company also won the Great Place to Work award recently, which shows that we’re also successful in creating a rewarding and supportive environment to work in. I appreciate working within an independent company; we can keep our focus on our values and our aim of helping our clients to bring treatments to patients with unmet medical need.