Hi everyone -
              Welcome to the fourth quarterly newsletter of 2018! 
We hope that you had an enjoyable holiday season with friends and family. We're ready for an exciting new year as we take on additional office space across the hall.
              Whether it be by subscribing to our newsletter or blog, joining us at one of our Making an IMPACT events, or following us on social media, we hope you'll engage with us, and don't forget to call if you need us!  We're here to help.

Mark Cierpial, CEO
In This Issue:
Making an IMPACT
Past Events
Last quarter, our employees took part in many MAI community events.

We decorated pumpkins & did face painting to benefit NCBG's Wonder Connection program for sick kids and teens.

We also held our 3rd annual Season of Giving series of events.

We kicked off this year's Season of Giving with a successful Toys for Tots collection. We filled 4 bins this year!

IMPACT teamed up with StepUp Durham to serve as mock interviewers during their monthly Job Skills Workshop.

We sent holiday cards and treats to Chatham Commons Assisted Living Facility to brighten the residents' holidays.

We got together to make dog toys for Second Chance Pet Adoptions to entertain their rescue dogs.
Upcoming Events
Valentine's Day
The MAI Team will get together and make every IMPACT employee feel loved with special treats!

March Madness
We look forward to some friendly competition by creating charity brackets again this year! The top 3 winners will donate the proceeds to their charity of choice.
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IMPACT on Health
Past Events
IMPACT on Health introduced
"Pop-up Yoga"! Whoever feels like doing yoga sends out an email to a group of yoga-interested people, inviting them to a 20-30 min. yoga session.
Upcoming Events
We all gorge during the Holidays, so keep an eye out for IOH's healthy habits challenge and meal prep discussion!
IMPACT Snapshot
We threw a super fun Halloween party and an awesome baby shower!
We celebrated the holidays with a banquet at the Doris Duke Center and a White Elephant gift exchange party at the office.
This year, we held our first ever gingerbread house decorating contest! IMPACT employees came up with some very creative decorations for their houses.
Come Work
We are always hiring Experienced Medical Writers! Check us out!

Need help with your projects? Check out our services and our case studies/testimonials!
Drug Development & IMPACT
Wonder Where You Can Find Us?
This quarter's round up of past appearances:
November 13, 2018: Jennifer Moen and Lena Randhawa attended the North Carolina Master's & Doctoral Career Fair to recruit for our new fellowship program!

November 15, 2018: Nicole Tackmann was invited to speak on a panel at UNC about "project management in the real world".
Behind the Curtain at IMPACT
Abby McLeod was promoted to Clinical Research Scientist II! Since joining us in May 2017, Abby has authored multiple CSRs, protocols, IBs, and narratives for an array of sponsors, all while earning her RAC certification. Abby has served as a narrative project manager and an author on submission teams. In addition to her consistent hard work, Abby is a dedicated team player with a wickedly infectious sense of humor.

Erin Peters was promoted to Clinical Research Scientist II! Since joining us in May 2017, Erin has epitomized the role of team player. She is always willing to offer her time and talent with a smile and a positive attitude. Erin has proven herself to be a gifted author as she has written multiple CSRs, IBs, BBs, DSURs, nonclinical reports, narratives, and manuscripts.

Holly Buchanan  was promoted to Medical Writing and Submission Management Consultant! Since joining IMPACT in September 2017, Holly's extensive medical writing and NDA PM expertise has been utilized on multiple projects. In particular, her creation of a unique, fit-for-purpose integrated report that was a hybrid summary document/CSR was very well received. Holly's love of Gantt charts and mentoring have been on display this year!

Left to Right: Amritha Kidiyoor, Brandi Schuster, Laurel Kartchner
Our Medical Writing Fellows, Brandi Schuster Laurel Kartchner and  Amritha Kidiyoor were  promoted to  Clinical Research Scientist I!  From the very beginning of the Medical Writing Fellowship Program, these ladies eagerly absorbed every tidbit of information and advice given to them. They have continuously demonstrated that they are extremely hardworking and very thoughtful in all that they do.

Nicole Tackmann
was promoted to Clinical Research Scientist II! Since joining us in September 2017, Nicole has authored multiple CSRs, in addition to IBs, protocols, narratives, and submission documents. She has been a wonderful contributor to our Corporate Communications team as the head of the Corporate Newsletter team and external events coordinator.

Kasturi Puranam  was promoted to Senior Clinical Research Scientist! Since joining IMPACT in January 2015, she has become our resident expert in everything PK and clinical pharmacology. As a senior reviewer she has been complimented for her open-door policy and willingness to explain the "how" and the "why" of documents. Kasturi also runs our lunch-and-learn seminars and has taken on development of a PK CSR training seminar. Her willingness to go above and beyond and help her colleagues has not gone unnoticed.

Beth Pultorak was promoted to Senior Clinical Research Scientist! Since joining IMPACT in June 2016, Beth has impressed hard-to-please reviewers with her contributions to several complex multi-author CSRs. Beth has successfully managed projects for some of our largest clients, reworking processes behind the scenes while maintaining positive partnerships. Beth is an active member of the Making an IMPACT team, most recently organizing the Boo-tanical Garden event.

Please join us in congratulating Abby, Erin, Holly, Brandi, Amritha, Laurel, Nicole, Kasturi, and Beth on their well-deserved promotions!
Meet Chrissy's Team of Medical Writers
Left to Right: Heather Peterson, Caroline Drucker, Chrissy Williams,
Rebecca Pogue, Stacey Snyder
          Chrissy Williams joined IMPACT in 2016 and has previous CRO and mid-size pharmaceutical experience. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and cheering on her beloved UNC Tar Heels.
          Rebecca Pogue joined IMPACT in 2017. When she is not writing, she can usually be found at the ice rink or soccer field supporting her daughters. She also enjoys baking and watching movies.
          Stacey Snyder joined IMPACT in 2017. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her dogs both locally and in the mountains.
          Caroline Drucker joined IMPACT in 2017. She enjoys running, walking her dog, reading, watching musical theater and comedy, and exploring different types of food and drink.
          Heather Peterson joined IMPACT in May 2018 after working in CMC. She enjoys coaching her kids' soccer teams, fostering dogs, playing board games, taking hikes, and vacationing in the NC mountains.
Internal Professional Development
Life as a CPM: In November, IMPACT's Preeti Chugha told us all about what Clinical Project Managers do and how they can help us as medical writers!

The Development of Drugs for Rare, Genetic Diseases: In December, former IMPACT Nonclinical expert Chip Carnathan told us about his experience with Orphan Drug Designations and drug development considerations for rare diseases.
Medical Writer Training
At IMPACT, we always strive to learn from one another. This quarter, we offered several internally-led training sessions, including seminars sharing tips and tricks for medical writing and updates to 3 FDA guidances.

In December, we attended an interactive webinar that introduced statistical concepts specific to clinical research.
IMPACT on Social Media
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