Our Team

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." – Michael Jordan


Blair Hesp


Managing Director
Blair founded Kainic in 2012 after working for global medical communications agencies in the UK. He has an ISMPP-certified medical publication professional and previously worked in international intellectual property law, while developing his communication skills, time management and leadership skills as a reservist in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

  • Medical writing 50% 50%
  • Quality control 20% 20%
  • Client liaison 20% 20%
  • Consultancy 10% 10%

Jessica Millar


Medical Writer
Jessica joined the Kainic team during the final stages of writing her PhD thesis in behavioural neuroscience at the University of Otago and has a strong interest in maintaining ethical publication standards and ensuring appropriate and accurate communications materials are developed at Kainic.

  • Medical writing 85% 85%
  • Quality control 10% 10%
  • Client liaison 5% 5%

Kathryn Lister


Associate Medical Writer
Kathryn gained her PhD at the University of Otago in 2014, with her thesis focusing on oxidative stress physiology and toxicology using marine invertebrates as model systems. Kathryn has since worked as a science editor while maintaining research and teaching links. She has a broad interest in toxicology, and is passionate about science communication.

  • Medical writing 85% 85%
  • Quality control 10% 10%
  • Client liaison 5% 5%

Marissa Scandlyn


Associate Medical Writer
Marissa completed her PhD at the University of Otago in 2011, investigating novel combination therapies for triple negative breast cancer. Since then, she has worked as a scientific instructional designer and managed e-learning development projects for clients internationally.

  • Medical writing 80% 80%
  • Quality control 10% 10%
  • Client liaison 10% 10%

Anna Hesp


Administrative Assistant
Anna is a trained teacher, who has worked as a project assistant at a global medical communications agency in the UK. She works part-time and is the key client and supplier contact for accounts queries.

  • Client liaison 25% 25%
  • Administration 75% 75%

Do you have what it takes?

At Kainic, we regularly receive enquiries about joining our team, but <5% of enquiries lead to an informal meeting and even less to a position being offered.

Why? Because our team are expected to impress our clients with their commitment, insight, creativity and attention to detail, so first you must be capable of impressing us.

Likewise, we sell our time to our clients, so the investment that we put in our team starts from the moment we start reading a curriculum vitae and continues throughout the duration of employment at Kainic via one-on-one mentoring, professional development, opportunities for career progression in New Zealand and abroad, and exposure to the international pharmaceutical industry.

If you think you have the skill set, experience, attention to detail and drive to make the grade at Kainic, please submit your curriculum vitae via the form provided.