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About Me

I am a performance-focused instructional designer, currently freelancing, but looking for full-time opportunities. I design learning experiences with discovery in mind, when learning experiences are needed. I design performance support tools, when knowledge needs to be distributed.

Dianne Rees



Suffolk University School of Law

Concentration in Intellectual Property

Masters (pending)

San Diego State University-California State University
September 2009

Educational Technology


Indiana University Bloomington

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology


Instructional Designer

Atomic Meme
Since September 2009
  • Providing tailored and performance-focused online learning experiences, course designs (or makeovers), materials for ILT or blended learning experiences, as well as performance support tools and job aids; specializing in health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and legal solutions.
  • You can view my portfolio at

Scientific Content Specialist

Cadent Medical Communications
November 2008 to August 2009
  • Provided scientific expertise and strategic communications for pharmaceutical companies; specializing in oncology, advisory board and conference communications and support.

Health Care Communications Specialist

Callooh Communications
June 2007 to October 2008
  • Provided corporate communications and educational materials for health care information providers, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and legal departments.

Intellectual Property Counsel

Amylin Pharmaceuticals
January 2006 to January 2007
  • Managed patent portfolios for two project groups and developed strategies to enhance IP capture; authored and edited patent applications; developed training materials and provided new hire orientation training on IP topics; developed trademark training guidelines; reviewed marketing materials for consistency with branding guidelines; reviewed and drafted agreements.

Senior Patent Attorney

January 2004 to January 2006
  • Worked with researchers and business leaders to implement patent strategies; performed competitive patent landscaping; prepared training materials and provided training sessions on a variety of legal topics; managed patent portfolios for three different project groups and led innovation workshops; authored patent applications.

Associate, Intellectual Property Group

Edwards & Angell
December 2001 to February 2004
  • Prepared patentability, infringement, and freedom to operate opinions; prepared briefs and other litigation documents for patent and trademark cases; authored patent applications; edited documents prepared by junior associates and patent agents.
  • Wrote winning brief for important court case
  • Given primary responsibility for patent portfolio of a biotechnology start-up company
  • Authored articles for firm newsletter
  • Helped develop content for firm re-branding efforts


  • Instructional design specialties: Developing learning solutions relating to health care, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and legal subject matters.
  • Subject matter expertise: Research experience in biotechnology and immunology; PhD in molecular, cellular and developmental biology; JD, with a concentration in intellectual property law
  • Software: Captivate, Camtasia, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash (Basic)


  • Biotechnology
  • health care
  • drug development
  • law
  • educational technology
  • instructional design