Elion Medical Communications: Emma Donadieu is a medical communications specialist with 18 years' experience in the healthcare industry. Director of Elion Medical Communications
Elion Medical Communications: Emma Donadieu is a medical communications specialist with 18 years' experience in the healthcare industry. Director of Elion Medical Communications

Our Story

At Elion, we are passionate about disseminating the latest scientific research for cutting-edge therapies and medical devices. We work across the full spectrum of medical communications, from medical writing for peer-reviewed publications to promotional medical copywriting for healthcare professionals or educational materials for patients. We love what we do and we do it with pride!

A business built on a history of excellence

Our story began with a jellyfish. A box jellyfish to be precise. From there, Boxjelly – an owner-operated, freelance medical writing and medical copywriting business – arose. Established in New Zealand in April 2013, Boxjelly has supported medical communications agencies and pharmaceutical and medical device companies around the world. From New Zealand and Australia to the UK, Japan, the US, and Malaysia, our work has spanned four continents. We have built trusted partnerships with our clients, some of whom we have worked with consistently since the company’s inception.

A business built on a history of excellence

A decade on, it is time to evolve and grow. We are training more medical writers to enable us to offer high-quality medical writing and copywriting to our growing number of clients. We are also changing our name to Elion – a name synonymous with pioneering innovation in medicine.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Gertrude Elion (1918 – 1999) is the inspiration behind Elion Medical Communications. Elion was an American biochemist and pharmacologist who overcame barriers against women practicing chemistry to develop numerous life-saving and life-changing drugs. Elion’s name was associated with 45 drug patents and several major discoveries, including treatments for leukaemia and malaria, and a breakthrough antiviral drug, which led to the first drug to treat AIDS.
Elion and her research partners revolutionised drug development through their ‘rational drug design’ approach – a technique still used today and for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology for Medicine in 1988. Through her significant contribution to science and medicine, Gertrude Elion continues to impact therapeutic drug development and our work as medical writers every day. It felt appropriate to name the new iteration of the company after this incredible scientist.
Dr Gertrude Elion is the inspiration behind Elion Medical Communications
Dr Gertrude Elion is the inspiration behind Elion Medical Communications
Nobel Prize Winner, Dr Gertrude Elion. Credit: Wellcome Library, London.
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Meet the team

EMMA DONADIEU

Founder and Managing Director

MSc
Emma gained a Masters in Science Communication at Imperial College, London. An accomplished medical writer and medical copywriter with over 18 years’ experience, Emma has worked with some of the UK’s most dynamic healthcare advertising agencies and medical communications agencies. Emma prepares manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and crafts strategically-sound and persuasive copy, expertly working within the constraints of regulations and codes of practice. Emma and her family spend time in the outdoors of New Zealand and enjoy tending to their menagerie of pets.

ADRIAN LAU

Editorial Assistant

PGDipBioEnt, BPharm (Hons), RegPharmNZ
Adrian graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy with First Class Honours from the University of Auckland in 2020 before becoming a New Zealand registered pharmacist. His interests in business and research commercialisation led him back to the University in 2022 to pursue postgraduate studies in Bioscience Enterprise, first receiving a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction, then enrolling in the Master's programme. At Elion, Adrian is involved in developing a training programme for new medical writers and provides regular editorial support to Emma. Adrian is an avid gym-goer and especially enjoys heavy weight training.

MARIA PEARSON

Administrative and Marketing Assistant

MPhEd
Maria has seven years of experience in teaching human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and fitness courses at EIT, the polytechnic in Napier. She also has ongoing research involvement at the University of Otago. At Elion, Maria manages a variety of communication and administrative projects. Maria lives in Hawke’s Bay and is kept busy with her children who love skateboarding, gymnastics, and netball. Maria is passionate about healthy aging, exercises daily, and reads widely.

JOIN THE TEAM

We are always on the hunt for medical writers to join our talented team. If you are interested in working for us, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

EMMA DONADIEU

Founder and Managing Director
MSc

ADRIAN LAU

Editorial Assistant
BPharm (Hons), RegPharmNZ

MARIA PEARSON

Administrative and Marketing Assistant
MPhEd

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JOIN THE TEAM

We are always on the hunt for medical writers to join our talented team. If you are interested in working for us, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.