Spotlight Interview with Lisa Chamberlain James, Senior Partner at Trilogy Writing & Consulting








1. Why did you decide to do a webinar with us?

Now that the European Commission has confirmed that the portal for upload of Clinical Trial Lay Summaries will open on 31 January 2022, and the requirement for Lay Summary production is about to become mandatory, we think that, more than ever, it is important that we share our experience in writing for the lay audience with the pharmaceutical and biotech companies, to enable them to produce fit for purpose Lay Summaries. This webinar will outline the main requirements of the Clinical Trials Regulation, explain the main challenges faced when writing a Lay Summary and show how to overcome these based on our experience.

2. What will the audience gain from attending your webinar?

The take-home message is that writing for the lay audience is not as easy as everyone thinks, and well-thought-out documents and processes must be put in place if we want to make sure that Lay Summaries facilitate rather than hinder communication with the lay audience. This webinar will serve as a sanity check and will help the attendees understand if the processes for, and approach to Lay Summaries that their companies have either established or are about to establish are really fit for purpose.

3. How did you get into the industry and what do you most enjoy about your role?

I came from an academic background but moved into medical writing when I realised that I didn’t enjoy a life in research but still loved science. I think I’m incredibly privileged in my role. Not only do I have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in clinical research in a huge variety of therapeutic areas, but I am able to work with the most incredibly talented and skilled professionals – both within and outside Trilogy. Plus, I have the chance to encourage and nurture new and upcoming medical writers, which is crucially important for the industry and personally very fulfilling.

4. What are you hoping to achieve in the future in your personal and professional life?

This is a big question! Personally, I’d like to achieve the nirvana that everyone is looking for – that wonderful balance of a satisfying and fulfilling professional career with enough down time to spend with loved ones and hopefully do something to ‘give back’ to the community. Professionally…….so much! I have a special interest in writing for the public, and there is a lot more that we can do in this area. I’m thrilled by the projects and initiatives that we have coming up within Trilogy, and I cannot wait to help bring them to fruition.

5. What would someone be surprised to know about you?

I have just started rowing again after a break of many years, and I LOVE it!


Click here to register for Trilogy Writing & Consulting’s webinar on Tuesday 14th December 2021, 2pm GMT.

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