About the Editor

John editing medical manuscripts

Peak Medical Editing, LLC, was founded by John Essex, an award-winning medical writer, AMA style expert, and former Editor in Chief of two U.S.-based scientific journals—American Pharmaceutical Reviewand Pharmaceutical Outsourcing.**

John has edited over 70 published articles and is a published author himself. John was recently featured on DearEnglishMajor.com

In his role as Editor in Chief, John brought a new level of scientific and medical review to both publications. In addition to being responsible for editorial content and meeting the deadlines of both publications, he established new editorial standards (AMA style), processes, and review procedures which included plagiarism/scientific misconduct detection.

His top priority was providing high-quality scientific editing for authors (scientists, academics, researchers, and industry personnel, including ESL authors) to increase the esteem of his publications. 

He improved the readers’ experience by ensuring articles clearly, accurately, and efficiently expressed the authors’ ideas.

He also wrote feature articles and supplementary materials when needed and moderated a number of live scientific webinars.

Thanks for your attention to details to help make my article the best it can be. I’ve enjoyed working with you.
— Dr. JM, Chemist, USA

Before serving as Editor in Chief, John acted as Manager of Scientific Innovation at DRIVE Medical Consulting & Communications (a member of FORCE Communications) and was responsible for the development of promotional content and programs for healthcare professionals.  John provided strategic consulting on educational and advertising campaigns and was responsible for the scientific and medical accuracy and clinical relevance of all communications materials. He also consulted with medical, regulatory, and legal review teams to assist in the approval process for promotional materials. His experience at DRIVE included creating peer-to-peer communications for devices and pharmaceuticals. John also ran live advisory boards in the US and Europe.  While at DRIVE, John won multiple in-house and client awards.

Before joining the DRIVE team, John worked as a toxicology report writer and publishing specialist at WIL Research Laboratories, LLC, (WIL) which is a contract research organization that provides toxicology, pharmacology, metabolism, and bioanalytical services to the pharmaceutical, agricultural, veterinary, and food and consumer products industries. Working at WIL gave him extensive experience in creating, editing, and reviewing scientific reports, all of which met government regulatory agency requirements.  While there, John created a guide manual to instruct other writers in writing acute toxicology reports.

He earned the Robert O. Petty Prize for Writing for an essay that preserved the cogent clarity of Dr. Petty’s endeavors. Ecologist, poet, and nature writer, Dr. Petty strove for a clear perception of humanity’s place in the natural world.

John received training at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. 

John can be reached at jessex (at) peakmedicalediting (dot) com or find him on Twitter as  @johnessex3.


*American Pharmaceutical Review is a bi-monthly scientific publication for the pharmaceutical industry offering cutting-edge information to 30,000+ subscribers consisting of senior executives, R&D and formulation scientists, bioprocessing and QA/QC specialists, chemists, and other pharmaceutical professionals. American Pharmaceutical Review’s coverage of the latest developments in drug delivery, manufacturing, analytical technology, formulation, process control, regulatory affairs, and more, supports APR’s position as a leading source of information in the pharmaceutical sciences field.

**Pharmaceutical Outsourcing is a bi-monthly scientific journal dedicated to delivering information to the pharmaceutical/biotechnological outsourcing arena across the globe. Each edition reaches >15,000 scientists and decision-makers from the industry, government, and academia.

Note: While John was Editor in Chief, American Pharmaceutical Review and Pharmaceutical Outsourcing were supported by industry sponsors, and never practiced predatory publishing tactics. Authors were never charged a fee to publish their work, and a strict policy of original, non-biased, and non-promotional publication was enforced.