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Nora Straub

Freelance Editor & Proofreader

Location:Matawan, New Jersey, United States
2 Skills
Nora Straub
311 Highway 34
Matawan, NJ 07747


Wide-ranging experience in project management, technical partnership and communication with authors/thought leaders, rewriting manuscripts within parameters of author guidance, medical editing, research and copy editing required for the preparation of material generated by the medical education industry, inclusive of enduring CME materials. Experience in managing projects and personnel in an organized fashion to achieve timely and professional results. Extensive work history with a focus on style, accuracy, and cohesiveness in printed materials. Experience with preparation and editing for style, consistency, and medical accuracy of clinical study reports, safety summaries, and protocols for FDA approval of new pharmaceutical product.


Maintained high standard of quality, professionalism, and reliability throughout 20 years of work history, developing skills from copy editing and proofreading to medical editing, research, communication, and project management.

Knowledge of: Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access

Work Experience

MannKind Corporation. Paramus, NJ (November 2008 to Present):
Medical Editor
Full-time freelance position assisting in preparing documents for FDA approval of a new pharmaceutical product.
Editing safety documentation for style, clarity, and medical accuracy.
Work with key personnel to ensure the accuracy of clinical study reports, protocols, and protocol amendments.
Ensuring that all components of the CSR are consistent in style and scientifically correct.
Ensuring that data are correct as presented in the CSR.

Princeton Media Associates, Millstone, NJ (May 2007 to September 2007): Clinical Program Director
Responsible for the production of multi-accredited CME textbook on rheumatology and related diseases.

Overall management of project included:
Selection of appropriate topics
Engagement of authoring thought leaders
Communication with thought leaders/authors
Direction of medical writers
Medical editing of chapters/AMA styling
Timely completion of chapters for layout
Adherence to CME protocols

Conceptis Technologies, Woodbridge, NJ (August 2005 to January 2006): Full-time Medical Editor
Responsibilities included the fact-checking and editing of medical slide presentations for use by various pharmaceutical companies in an educational capacity and the management of freelance personnel. I also prepared instructional manuals for staff to ensure smooth control of projects and the timely delivery of same.

Excerpta Medica, Hillsborough, NJ (September 2004 to August 2005):
Editorial Project Manager
Manage the publication of Clinical Cornerstone supplements and issues, American Journal of Medicine supplements, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and participate in the management of new Elsevier journal, Gender Medicine. Responsibilities include communication and technical partnership with authors and writers, editing and approval of manuscripts, overseeing of the publication/print process, and management of freelance writers and copy editors.

Edited book, Intravascular Contrast Examinations by Dr. Hugh Saxton, for Berlex Laboratories (2003)---Medical Student Education

Catalyst Communications, Inc., South Plainfield, NJ (1999-2002): Freelance and Full-time Medical Editor/Copy Editor
Managed and Edited American Journal of Cardiology supplement from manuscript stage to submission; (Cardiac arrhythmia---Betapace)
Coordination with journal staff and scientific personnel, fact-checking, resourcing, research, editing, hiring and management of additional freelance staff
Extensive editing of newsletter series for patients and nurse professionals (Multiple sclerosis---Betaseron)

Integrated Communications-Parsippany, NJ (1993-1998): Full-time and Freelance Copy Editor
Extensive experience in editing educational materials including monographs, slide kits, patient and professional newsletters, and journal articles in therapeutic areas including, but not limited to:
Oral contraceptive---Depo-Provera; Acromegaly---Sandostatin; Malignant melanoma----Intron A; Breast cancer---Fareston; Prostate cancer---Gemzar; Rheumatoid arthritis/Psoriasis---Neoral

The Sawtooth Group (MED)-Woodbridge, NJ (1992-1997): Freelance Medical Editor/Copy Editor
Medical editing and copy editing in cooperation with editorial team in the completion of projects consisting of journal articles, monographs, and patient education. Responsibilities included fact-checking and reference styling and checking. Therapeutic area of mention; Antianxiety---Buspar

Symedco, Inc., Princeton, NJ (1991): Full-time Editor/Copy Editor/Proofreader
Editing and copy editing of manuscripts presented by medical and pharmaceutical personnel for publication in various forums

Custom Slides, Inc., Plainsboro, NJ (1984-1991): Full-time Editor/Copy Editor/Proofreader
Editor and manager of the production and on-time delivery of 35-mm slides used for medical education (training seminars and symposia)
Ensured medical accuracy and practical artistic design
Consultant for clients regarding the technical accuracy of presentation materials

Additional Freelance Editing/Copy Editing Positions:
Embryon, Inc., Somerville, NJ (2002-2003)

Applied Clinical Communications, Parsippany, NJ (1993-1994)

ASAP, Flemington, NJ (1991-1993)

Georgian Court College (1974-1978)
BA in Elementary Education
Special interest in World Religions and Literature

Hobbies: Horseback riding, reading, gardening, bird watching, home decorating

References available upon request
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