“I’ve stayed with Caudex because it has offered great opportunities to take my career in a direction that’s rewarding and challenging to me.”
Name: Andrea Plant
Role: Scientific Development Director
Location: Homeworker (formerly Oxford)
About me: Like many people in med comms, I entered the industry from an academic background. I have a degree in Cellular and Molecular Pathology and a PhD in Rheumatology, both from the University of Bristol. After a couple of post doc positions at Bristol and Cardiff, I realised that bench research wasn’t for me, so I looked for a career that allowed me to use my scientific knowledge in a more clinically meaningful way. Med comms was suggested to me by a friend in the pharma industry, who reckoned I had a flair for writing. I did a lot of research into the industry (although at the time, information was very difficult to find) and settled on medical writing, as I had really enjoyed writing my thesis and research papers. The opportunity to contribute (in some small way) to improving treatments and work with doctors recognised as experts in their field also appealed and I have not been disappointed!
Why I chose Caudex: I joined Caudex as a Senior Medical Writer in 2007. I was keen to work in publications, and Caudex was recognised as a specialist agency in this area. I’ve stayed with Caudex because it has offered great opportunities to take my career in a direction that’s rewarding and challenging to me. My current role allows me to drive initiatives within Caudex to ensure the ongoing career development of Scientific Services staff at all levels and across all locations.
Piece of advice to recruits: Tailor your CV and focus on skills and experience relevant to the role, for example competence in a vast array of laboratory techniques isn’t important for a medical writer!
Fun Fact: I love gardening and turning a neglected garden into beautiful and productive space; however, after recently moving house, I’m currently more in the ‘taming’ than ‘growing’ phase!