Thursday, June 14, 2007

Where do Medical Writers Work?

Medical writers are in great demand today. Although many have chosen the freelance path, others prefer the security of a company job.

If you are a new medical writer you could look for opportunities in these type of companies (click on the links to see a list of them):

Pharmaceutical companies-they research, develop, market, and/or distribute drugs. Some of the major pharmaceutical companies (a.k.a. Big Pharma) in the world are Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, and Sanofi Aventis.

Biotechnology companies-they may also produce drugs but using derivatives of biological systems or living organisms. The leading biotech companies are Genentech, Amgen, and Genzyme.

Contract Research Organizations (CRO)-these are independent contractors that offer their services to pharmaceutical companies—the services include product development and formulation, clinical trial management, data management, preparation of regulatory documents, and more.

Medical Device Companies-they develop instruments or machines intended to diagnose disease or other conditions, or cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent a disease. Examples of devices include cardiac implants, infusion pumps, and elastic bandages. Top medical device companies include Boston Scientific and GE Healthcare.

Medical Communications Agencies-these provide marketing and public relations support to pharmaceutical and medical device companies, targeting both health care professionals and consumers. Some medical communications agencies are Pascale Communications (, Rete Biomedical (, and Complete Healthcare Communications Inc. (

Other organizations that hire medical writers (and which do not need an explanation) are:

  • Associations
  • Clinical practices
  • Foundations
  • Medical publishers
  • Medical schools
  • Patient advocacy groups
  • Government (all levels)
All the best finding your dream job!

1 comment:

Stephen Gutkin said...

Dear Diego:

Nice overview of the medical-communications business, and thanks for mentioning us. Good luck to you, other medical writers, and aspiring medical writers!

Kind regards,
Stephen W. Gutkin
Rete Biomedical Communications Corp.