Mediplex is run by Dr Peter Hession, who studied medicine at Oxford University (BA in Physiological Sciences, 1983) and King's College Hospital, London (MB BS, 1986), and then worked in the UK National Health Service for two years before entering the pharmaceutical industry. During his time in the industry, Dr Hession has been trained in pharmaceutical medicine (Diploma of Pharmaceutical Medicine, 1993) and in regulatory affairs (Member of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (MTOPRA) and its predecessor since 1992). He is a member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and former visiting lecturer on medical communications and strategic regulatory documents for the Postgraduate Course in Pharmaceutical Medicine run by the University of Wales. Dr Hession is married to a midwife; they have three children.

A synopsis of Dr Hession's career follows.

Medical Action Communications Ltd

Bios (Consultancy & Contract Research) Ltd

Medical Tribune Ltd

UK National Health Service

Medical Action Communications Ltd (1994-98)

These positions involved the development of communications strategies and implementation of integrated communications programmes to support pharmaceutical products or portfolios, especially during pre-marketing. Dr Hession gained a broad medical writing expertise, ranging from the compilation of highly technical competitor analyses to developing eye-catching promotional materials. He was also regularly involved in new business proposals and opinion leader liaison, and had increasing responsibility for the management of project teams and medical writers.

Bios (Consultancy & Contract Research) Ltd (1990-94)

The first two years at Bios were spent working on clinical aspects of regulatory affairs, particularly writing and assessing Clinical Expert Reports, clinical trial reports and clinical dossiers, and close involvement in two Appeals. Dr Hession then moved on to providing medical advice on Phase II/III trials (including protocol and case record form development, monitoring, training and adverse event reporting). Whilst at Bios, Dr Hession also undertook numerous clinical pharmacology studies, including writing the study reports, and latterly became the Principal Investigator.

Medical Advisor, Medical Tribune Ltd (1988-90)

This position involved managing and editing a number of regular medical journals and writing a range of educational materials.

Hospital doctor, UK National Health Service (1986-88)

Dr Hession completed his house physician and house surgeon training but also gained specific experience in gastroenterology, dermatology, psychiatry and emergency medicine.

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