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Alex Carchidi

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About Me

I'm a freelance writer with a background in biotechnology R&D. I'm interested in writing for clients who have a need for my analytical ability, skillful technical translation, and scientific background. 




Industries I Write About

Biotechnology

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Financial Services

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Real Estate

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Mental Health Care

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My Writing Samples

How To Ask A Good Scientific Question

An informal editorial describing what it takes to form a good scientific question to use as the basis for starting an experiment.

https://cryoshon.co/2016/01/06/how-to-ask-a-good-scientific-question/

Why The Sharing Economy Is Awful

An editorial analysis of the "sharing economy" and exposition on who is actually doing the sharing and why.

https://cryoshon.co/2016/01/11/why-the-sharing-economy-is-awful/

Automated T-Cell Screening Makes Finding Effective Killers A Snap

This is an article that I wrote for one of my clients in the biotech space detailing a new technology that substantially improves an important part of the cellular immunology research process.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14gL7EhndgX399G5Izu3UZxseH5kKJoWPtY03AXTRWsc/edit?usp=sharing

Housing Contractor Report Synopsis

This is a synopsis that I did for one of my clients summarizing a report on contractor use within the housing industry. This piece is accompanied by an infographic (not shown) which lists some of the cited statistics.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gkZZsIEvrWfGkD4REv_CChK76_HySuxfYe20EwU_cQA/edit?usp=sharing

A Primer on Nonfiction Writing

This is an article that I wrote at the request of one of my clients for a website oriented around helping new writers learn. In this piece, I provide a short summary of basic nonfiction writing structure and purpose.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18KiWgc68OsEy43ACIPdizkeY3llqZyRMoMUcPt-7LCk/edit?usp=sharing

Manufacturing Consent Review

This is a review of the book "Manufacturing Consent" which I produced at the request of a client.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EK9kjLI4gDYcqSfiroC0NgS1mAYynp4uxUYILVrDFoI/edit?usp=sharing

SolarEdge About Page

This is a piece of work that I did for one of my clients who was interested in explaining to the public how their solar power cell technology is superior to older solar power systems.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NLp8XiPy538z5X431zc-zJ-WOj6MAS-eJG7J-XZ9CuY/edit?usp=sharing

Experience

Editor

Edited and produced personal finance content. Accepted pitches from freelancers and guided their article development.

Company: Dimefinance

I worked there from 2/2010 until 8/2013

Freelance Writer

Write thought leadership content for the company's client in the biotech sector. Hunt down new research in order to pitch article ideas, then develop accepted pitches into well-sourced scientific reportage.

Company: FirstPageSage

I worked there from 1/2016 until now

Freelance Writer

Write analytical articles on topics such as science fiction and aviation for blogs.

Company: MediaStew.tv

I worked there from 10/2016 until now

Research Technologist

Executed immunological experiments to learn more about HIV and develop a vaccine.

Company: Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard

I worked there from 11/2012 until 6/2015

Associate Scientist

Planned and executed immuno-oncological experiments to develop CAR-T therapeutics.

Company: Bluebird Bio

I worked there from 6/2015 until 12/2015

Research Associate

Planned and executed experiments to develop anti-cancer red blood cell therapeutics.

Company: Rubius Therapeutics

I worked there from 6/2016 until 12/2016

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Training Your Employees To Be Immune To Social Engineering

While the technical security chops of a firm are fundamental to its cybersecurity disposition, traditional social engineering attacks are as effective as ever. This article is a primer on training technical and nontechnical employees how to avoid compromising firm security by falling for social engineering or phishing schemes.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: phishing, social engineering, cybersecurity, employee training, zero trust protocol

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Building Credit For Dummies

This article would describe basic creditbuilding methods as well as an overview of the factors that influence consumer credit score.

Content type: Article

Keywords: credit building, credit, FICO, loans, credit cards, credit karma

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How To Judge Demand for Residential Properties

Judging demand is a critical part of pricing residential properties that are going up for sale. Many realtors mentally classify demand for a certain type of property in a given area, but a more strict approach can lead to more accurate pricing.

Content type: Article

Keywords: real estate, housing, demand, rent price

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Who is a Good Fit for Telehealth Solutions?

The promise of telehealth is that a customized health solution can be delivered to individuals regardless of where they are. But is telethealth for everyone, and how will different demographics make use of telehealth?

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: telehealth, healthcare, geriatrics, medicine

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Ensuring Good User Experience With your Mobile Banking App

Mobile banking applications are now a cornerstone within personal banking, yet many of these apps lack a streamlined user experience, causing great frustration. With the importance of online banking apps only increasing, avoiding some common UX mistakes and adding a few quality of life features will make customers happier.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: personal finance, banking, personal banking, mobile banking

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5 Reasons Why Work Should Be Gamified

Gamification has been a popular strategy used by applications like Habitica to encourage users to achieve their goals. If gamification is such a success at helping people get work done, why not take the plunge and make working at normal jobs be gamified, given that it encourages tracking of measurable progress?

Content type: Article

Keywords: gamification, work, economics, lifestyle

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Using Twitter For Serious Leadgen

Twitter can be an excellent source of leads for your business, but it's much more complicated than simply spamming tweets to prospective customers culled from the firehose. To use Twitter for a high volume of high quality leads, you're going to need some code.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: leadgen, marketing, twitter, social media, b2b

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How to Interview Temps

Interviewing temps or other candidates who won't necessarily be around in six months is a skill that is a distinct subset from holding the traditional interview. While it's not acceptable to skimp, interviewing temps can be made a bit easier by following a few guidelines.

Content type: Article

Keywords: interviewing, how to interview, b2b

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How To Write Copy For Conversion

Writing copy that converts well is the dream of every marketer, but few have mastered the fundamentals. In this article, I will outline a few simple tricks that will improve the conversion rate of copy that is written for websites.

Content type: Article

Keywords: copywriting, copyediting, conversion, SEO

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Keep Dangerous Fungi Out of Your Bathroom

Fungi tend to grow in places that are damp and dark, much like the typical bathroom. Unfortunately, fungi also disperse spores which can be harmful to your health. Using the Loogun, fungi can be effectively dispatched.

Content type: Blog Post

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Biotech Education Falls Behind Pace of Research

Biology is taught in schools and universities, yet the public's understanding of biotechnology is poor. The media is the main culprit for misinforming the public. Whether via rampant CRISPR-fantasies a la Economist or well-meaning allusions to GATTACA, media depictions of biotechnology have created a public whose expectations and knowledge about biotechnology are far out of whack.

Content type: Article

Keywords: biotechnology, education, science education, biology, CRISPR

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The American Public's Geopolitical Ignorance Is a Security Concern

Zbigniew Brzezinski has been quoted as saying that the lack of geopolitical basic knowledge among the American public is a strategic risk. Why and how is public disengagement with foreign policy dangerous, and what can be done to remedy the problem?

Content type: Article

Keywords: foreign policy, geopolitics, security, education

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ADHD is the Major Disease of the Frontal Lobe

ADHD is a controversial disorder, but its existence and diagnosis are based on sound science. ADHD holds the dubious distinction of being the most common non-environmental disease of the frontal lobe, causing a wide variety of impairments aside from difficulties with attention that are not generally associated with the disease. What are the non-attention components of ADHD, and how do they impair individuals?

Content type: Article

Keywords: ADHD, frontal lobe, emotional dysregulation, rejection sensitive dysphoria, concentration defecit

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How to Build a One-Pointed Mind With the Candle Meditation Method

Improving concentration and reducing stress are common goals of daily meditation practice. The ancient candle-focusing meditation technique is an excellent introduction to meditation that remains an effective tool for intermediate or expert mediators. This article will describe how to implement the candle meditation method as well as discuss some of the potential benefits.

Content type: Article

Keywords: meditation, mindfulness

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Writing Effective Copy For Product Descriptions

The key to writing well-converting copy for product descriptions is to use strong language and help the buyer identify with the product. But how should these goals be executed?

Content type: Article

Keywords: copywriting, copyediting, product descriptions

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How to Avoid The Public's Wrath As a Telecommunications Company

We've all seen certain telecom companies get ripped to shreds repeatedly by the public over their perceived sins. This kind of public execution is bad for everyone's business, and so it behooves telecoms to learn from the mistakes of their peers. But what mistakes were those?

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Picking A Good Neighborhood For Your First Condo

First time condo buyers should take care to pick the right area for their purchase. Though a buyer's impulse may be to buy a condo that is eminently affordable or located in a trendy area, the best choice will vary, but will typically be within a location whose demand for housing is slowly growing.

Content type: Article

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Transportation Assistance Programs Are Critical To Poverty Alleviation

Transportation is an area that is often overlooked by assistance programs designed to prevent or alleviate poverty. Programs like Working Cars for Working Families (WCWF) are excellent resources which attempt to connect transportation assistance to those in need while protecting against abuse by introducing a work requirement. Programs like WCWF are rare and underfunded, however. Transportation assistance programs should be expanded because of the fantastic results which they produce.

Content type: Article

Keywords: poverty, NGO, assistance

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Conversions to Green Buildings Accelerate

Amidst dropping green tech prices and increasing despair over the environmental zeitgeist, property owners everywhere are accelerating the migration to green-friendly buildings. Stats indicate that new conversion plans are being taken advantage of, and public interest in conversion is rising.

Content type: Article

Keywords: green technology, environment

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What To Do With Your Deck In The Winter

With winter in full swing, most people's decks are sitting unused or covered in snow, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are a few tricks to make use of your deck space, even when there's snow on the ground.

Content type: Blog Post

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How To Pitch a Potential Buyer

Selling your business is fraught with difficulty, and first impressions matter. Depending on how you decide to sell your business, you may need to pitch potential buyers in order to pique their interest.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: selling a business, writing a pitch

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When To Contract Out Your Marketing Effort

In-house marketing is a must, but sometimes it's not enough. What are the conditions under which it's preferable to get an outside boost, and how should agencies approach introducing outsiders?

Content type: Blog Post

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Thermal Cameras Can Help You Save On Your Winter Heating Bill

Many people stress over the high cost of heating their home during winter, and take actions like insulating windows in order to reduce their bill. Most homeowners could do an even better job of reducing heat loss within their home if they were to rent or buy a thermal camera.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: heating, cooling, thermal camera, insulation

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Displaying Thought Leadership via Content

Content marketing is extremely competitive, and new paradigms have been slow to emerge. To impress potential clients, it's necessary to have an abundance of forward thinking content that shows mastery of trends and preparedness for the future.

Content type: Blog Post

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Thought Leadership Is The New Content Marketing Paradigm

The "produce content to get leads" strategy of content marketing has been beaten to death. Instead, the marketers of the future will have to master displaying forward-thinking analysis to capture potential clients.

Content type: Blog Post

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Using SORC'D Makes Science Writing A Snap

Science writing is a rat's nest of chasing down sources, integrating information, and attempting to explain data to an audience that may not understand the context. Using SORC'd makes the hardest step of science writing-- research gathering-- vastly more manageable than before.

Content type: Article

Keywords: science writing, research

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Basic Meditation for Stress Relief

Meditation is a powerful yet simple tool for taking respite from the stress of life. Clinically proven to reduce stress when practiced consistently, this article would be an introduction to the most basic form of stress reduction meditation: breath following.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: meditation, mindfulness

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Succeeding with Technology Transfer Via Effective Communication

Technology transfer between firms is frequently a nightmare, resulting in missed deadlines and wasted resources. Nearly all of the difficulties and frustrations of technology transfer are a result of failures of communication. This article will discuss communication strategies to reduce the frustration of tech transfers.

Content type: Article

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How to Make Your Company Immune to Phishing

Social engineering remains the single biggest point of failure within network security. Companies can implement a few simple policies to nullify the risk of having important data being phished, however.

Content type: Article

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Before Focus Groups, There Was the Depth Interview

In the 1950s, "depth interviews" were all the rage among researchers, advertisers, and marketing professionals. What was involved in the depth interview, and how can it inform our qualitative market research today?

Content type: Blog Post

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Using Ideal Customer Mockups to Increase B2B Demand

Making a mockup of your ideal customer is an important tool that can improve your team's understanding of hypothetical real customers. By defining the attributes that make a customer the perfect fit for your company's offerings, a more intelligent approach to generating B2B demand is possible.

Content type: Article

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Teamwork Matters In the C-Suite, Too

Too frequently, "teamwork" is viewed as a concept that is applicable only to the rank and file of healthcare corporations. Executives and upper level managers shouldn't count themselves as apart, as the entire corporation relies on their ability to work effectively as a team. What does good teamwork look like at the executive level of a healthcare corporation?

Content type: Article

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Using Your B2B Data To Show Thought Leadership

It's critical that all of your B2B marketing shows potential clients that your firm is a thought leader. "Thought" doesn't have to exclude data, though. Breaking out statistics and case studies from your firm's previous projects can seal the deal when trying to show potential clients that you're forward thinking.

Content type: Article

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What Lies Behind Suaveness

The suave aesthetic and personality of many men can be attractive, yet also anxiety-provoking. How are they so collected, what does it mean, and who are they really, underneath it all?

Content type: Blog Post

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Providing Value to Cliens Via Video Marketing

Video marketing can be more than a tool to pickup leads. The most effective video marketing campaigns will be used to provide essential information and value to already-converted customers as well as to lure in newcomers.

Content type: Blog Post

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5 Tricks To Build Momentum Within A Team

Building the momentum of productivity in a team that's struggling can be quite difficult. Managers can get a stuck team moving again by implementing five easy strategies built around the atomization of tasks.

Content type: Article

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How To Interview A Technical Candidate

Everyone has a certain style of interviewing, but few organizations have a unified strategy for how interviews for technical personnel should be conducted. In this article, I lay out a number of important methods that interviewers can use to pick the correct technical candidate.

Content type: Article

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Facing Toward God With A Stress-Reducing Meditation

The stresses of life frequently distance us from our connection to God as well as our own bodies. A simple meditative practice of gently paying attention to the sensations of the body can both relax our tense muscles and allow our spirit to be refilled by being receptive to the touch of divine grace.

Content type: Article

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Becoming Grounded Via Mindfulness

Life can get quite hectic, but thankfully there's an easy trick to return to the goodness of simply being alive. By focusing on the sensations of your breath for a few moments or minutes, you can bring yourself back to the present and the richness of existence.

Content type: Article

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Optimizing Your B2B Social Media Campaign

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are increasingly part of the B2B lead funnel. Nailing social media content entails different things depending on the platform, however. Twitter requires a number of strategy tweaks from other sites such as Facebook or Reddit.

Content type: Article

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Doggy Doors And Other Formerly Fashionable House Features

Doggy doors have gone the way of the dinosaur, and it's a rarity to see one in a home. What other features of homes were popular and eventually faded away?

Content type: Blog Post

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The Number Of Clinical Trials Now Doubles Every 5 Years

Given the importance of clinical trials and the vast amount of data that each trial produces, it's astonishing to realize that since 2005, the number of published clinical trials has doubled every five years. Recent data indicate that this trend is picking up speed-- but how can anyone make sense of all the data?

Content type: Article

Keywords: clinical trials,oncology,biotechnology,big data

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Recent Advances in Dental Implants Give Many Patients New Hope

With the renaissance of biotechnology and medical implants ongoing, it's no surprise that dental implants have matched the pace of discovery and development. New dental implants are superior to old dental implants in a number of critical ways which provide patients with superior quality relief, and allow for previously off-limits cases to be treated successfully.

Content type: Article

Keywords: dental implants,medical implants,biotechnology

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Using Mindful Awareness As A Tool For Healing

Before we can understand, accept, and try to change our emotions and perceptions, we need to identify that they exist. Using open minded observation of our own thoughts is a powerful healing tool that patients can use to expose words spoken in the mind's tiny voice and use them for good.

Content type: Article

Keywords: mindfulness,awareness

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How To Advise Your Protege

It's nigh time for you to ascend to the next rank of management, but you don't want to leave chaos in your wake. This article will discuss the best ways of how to groom your protege (or several!) to make sure that the team you made great will keep running smoothly once you move upward.

Content type: Article

Keywords: management consulting

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What Can American Firms Learn From African Telecoms?

American telecommunications firms are well-established in their infrastructure, political connections, and logistics, yet often stumble when it comes to generating goodwill from their customers. In Africa, upstart telecoms with little institutional inertia are fiercely battling for user satisfaction, and accomplishing more with less. What can American firms learn from their younger compatriots in the global industry?

Content type: Whitepaper

Keywords: international development,telecommunications

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Automated Decision Making Will Be A Core Feature Of Decentralized Autonomous Corporations

Decentralized Autonomous Corporations (DACs) have recently been a hot topic among followers of blockchain technology. With robust automated decision making in the core branch of a DAC, DACs can transcend simple arbitrage algorithms and become sophisticated agents of productivity without human intervention.

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Bar Owners Are Critical Influencers When It Comes to Esports Traction

Everyone heads down to the local pub to watch the football game, and devoted fans will hunt down the specific bar that is playing their team's game if there's more than one game afoot. But who decides which game is on at a particular pub? The owner, of course. For esports to breakthrough to a larger audience, bar owners are core influencers who will need convincing.

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Immunooncology Will Soon Enter The Pulmonary Disease Space

Immunooncology is the hottest topic in pharmaceutical trials and development. Since their inception, trials using immunooncological drug products have had stunning effectiveness against blood borne diseases, and pulmonary diseases are next.

Content type: Blog Post

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Immunotherapy's Respiratory Disease Clinical Trials

This is the second article which we discussed writing for the second client. It's finished, I'm just making this pitch for paperwork.

Content type: Blog Post

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Immunotherapy Clinical Trials In Endocrinology

This is the first of the two articles you mentioned for the second client. It's done, I'm just making this pitch to keep the paperwork streamlined.

Content type: Blog Post

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Tempering Energy With Experience

In workplaces with more than one generational set, there's often a difference between the amount of gusto and the approach used between the members of each generation. The dynamic is as old as time itself: the older and more experienced generation must guide the energy of the younger. But how does this play out in most workplaces?

Content type: Blog Post

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How To Determine Initial Implant Stability

What does the scientific literature say about assessing initial implant stability, other than that it's a core factor to successful implantation? This article is a literature review in brief oriented toward dental experts.

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Person to Person Suggestions Make For Lots of Conversions

Among all of the medias and forms of marketing and advertising, there is absolutely nothing that beats the conversion rate of one trusted person suggesting something to another person.

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How To Do A Tech Demo

Tech demos are critical for any company that seeks to sell its software or raise more money. But how should a tech demo be executed, and what are some common mistakes to avoid?

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