Risë Kwake

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Camarillo, California, United States
2 Skills
Risë Kwake


Detail-oriented Biotechnology Professional with a demonstrated ability to rapidly acquire expertise and understanding of leading-edge technologies. Advanced customer service skills with extensive troubleshooting and problem-solving capabilities. Ability to work in a fast-paced corporate environment with cross-functional teams. Flexible and adaptable, as needed, to dynamic and changing priorities. Independent, self-starter, ability to work with minimal supervision and from a remote location.

• Cell and Molecular Biology applications subject matter expertise
• Proficient copy editor and proofreader with experience in training materials development
• Able to generate, advance, and complete projects in a deadline-driven environment
• Well-developed written and oral communications and presentation skills


2013–Present Quality Control Technical Copy Editor
Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA

• Work as an independent contractor (freelance) and remote Copy Editor/Proofreader.
• Have recently consulted for Agnew Multilingual (Westlake Village, CA) and QuantoBio (Beijing, China).
• Types of projects include: marketing/advertising collateral/periodicals, brochures and flyers, web content, email communications, product catalogs, application notes, technical documents, product inserts, SOPs and regulatory, white paper, customer-facing and internal, legal contracts, and corporate materials.
• Subject matter includes: scientific, medical, legal, general. Style guides: AMA, APA, Chicago, in-house.

2011–2012 Fisher/Unity Labs Conversion/Sourcing Specialist for Amgen, On-Site
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Thousand Oaks, CA

• Responsible for sourcing and procurement of the following for end users at all Amgen locations:

? Life science reagents and kits ? Chemicals ? Bioprocess and biological supplies
? Laboratory equipment and supplies ? Consumables ? FDA/IVD clinical materials
• Utilized biotechnical subject matter expertise to critically examine end-user requisitions with the intent of identifying specific sales opportunities for conversion to franchised (Thermo Fisher) products.
• Worked within the scope (SLA) of the established technical protocol/contract with Amgen and within budgetary requirements.
• Thermo Fisher integration team at Amgen and assisted with the establishment, generation, clarification, and improvement of:

? SOPs and work instructions ? Team and individual metrics
? Team structure and organization ? Protocols and process enhancements

2001–2010 Senior Technical Product Application Scientist (Tech Support Rep II)
Life Technologies, Invitrogen, BioSource International, Camarillo, CA

• Worked at an ISO-certified biomanufacturing facility to promote life science research and FDA-regulated products to internal and external customers.
• Provided superior customer-centric technical guidance and application support to domestic and global researchers from academia, government, and industry.
• Served as an escalation pathway and source of biotechnical information for other internal teams providing support, resolved complex customer complaints and issues, and relayed customer feedback (VOC) to the organization.

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• Interfaced and worked cooperatively with other internal teams: R&D, Marketing, Production, Quality, Planning, Sales, and Operations to streamline processes and information access.
• Improved depth and level of training of the Technical and Sales teams through updated materials.
• Reviewed, copy edited, and proofread technical literature including marketing/advertising materials, technical data sheets, assay protocols, and quality documents: SOPs and batch records; known for detailed proofreading capabilities and depth of level of technical knowledge.


• Document-based: Microsoft Office Suite—Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Publisher
• Web-based: Citrix, WebEx
• Data and Contact Management (CRM): QuickBase, Siebel, RightNow, GoldMine, SharePoint,
Documentum, Stellent
• Financial, Quality, and Inventory Management (ERP): JDEdwards, eFinity/Aruba, Enterprise One, TrackWise, Agile PC, WebReq, StreamDoc, Mainframe/Century, ManFact
• Copy editing: Adobe—Acrobat, Dreamweaver, InCopy; Microsoft Office Word Track Changes


• Assays: ELISA, multiplex bead (Luminex), DynaBeads, ELISpot, kinase activity assays
• Antibody applications: western blot, immunoprecipitation, neutralization assays
• Staining applications: immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence (flow cytometry)
• Molecular biology applications: PCR—real-time, quantitative, digital, and multiplex PCR, in situ hybridization (FISH, CISH), next-generation sequencing
• Cell culture: including stem cell culture techniques, bioactivity and functional assays, bioproduction
• Disease states: cancer, neurodegenerative, diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular, asthma, pain, neuromuscular, autoimmune disorders
• Recombinant proteins and expression systems; polyclonal, monoclonal, secondary antibodies
• Cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors; signal transduction proteins, pathways
• Peptide and oligonucleotide synthesis; cell stimulators, inhibitors, and other biochemicals


1996–2001 Commercial and Residential Property Manager*
Heritage Real Estate Group, Oxnard, CA
Buchalter-Hill Real Estate Homes for Rent, Ventura, CA
* From 1991-2006 State of California Licensed Real Estate Agent

1989–1994† Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Whitehall Robins, American Home Products, Ventura, CA
Schering-Plough Corporation (now part of Merck), Ventura, CA
†Took 2 years off to care for my child (1994-1996)


Master of Science, Biotechnology California State University, Channel Islands (2013)
Postgraduate Studies, Veterinary Medicine School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
Bachelor of Science, Zoology University of California, Davis
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