With the importance of MSLs, scientific advisors and medical information professionals growing year on year - PharmaTimes Media has recognised this burgeoning area and gathered together an array of experts within the field to devise a challenging and rewarding competition that now includes seven categories.

Medical Science Liaison of the Year has been expanded to include three levels of seniority and forms the backbone of the all new Medical and Scientific Excellence Awards, alongside categories for scientific advisors and medical information professionals.

Commenting on the importance of this long awaited competition, managing director, MSL Support Services and executive steering group member (ESG) Jim McNulty says: "For me, it offers several benefits. Firstly and probably most importantly, an excellent opportunity for public recognition for high performing individuals within the Medical Affairs function - all too often excellent performance goes unnoticed. Secondly, this offers an opportunity for external benchmarking of members of the team which has proved invaluable in the past during corporate discussions, and thirdly a fun, challenging learning experience for all the participants".

ESG member Debbie Bevan, managing director, Academie, says: “The medical and scientific professionals I have worked with throughout my career in pharma have been vital to the success of the brands we have worked on together as a team. These individuals have been a huge resource for building on my knowledge, for my teams and externally to their peers and the medical community. It’s fantastic to see a set of awards dedicated to showing the talent within this field and the response so far has been excellent.”

Commenting on the addition of the medical information categories, steering group member and principal global medical information specialist Marion Grapes says:  “I am thrilled to have been asked to be a judge for the Medical Information categories. This is not only a great opportunity for entrants to showcase their skills and competencies within the area of medical information but also provides a tangible personal training and development opportunity.  We are looking forward to a very busy (and fun!) day packed with sharing best practice.  I cannot wait to meet the very first Medical Information Professional of the Year and Medical Information Leader of the Year!”

The competition is free to enter and competitors will have the chance to test themselves against the best-of-the-best and gain invaluable insights and feedback from judges.

More than a competition, it’s also a unique training and development opportunity, with on-the-day workshops and training sessions from industry experts.

The assessment day will take place on Thursday 6 December in London and will be followed by the awards ceremony in the evening.

For more information visit www.pharmatimes.co.uk/MESA