For more than two decades, Amanda Iles has been finding and telling compelling stories about science and technology. As a writer and communication consultant, Amanda’s experience spans nearly all facets of the technology industry, including semiconductors, networking and communications, computing platforms, system and application software, consumer electronics, data center systems, games, and biotechnology. Amanda helps companies crystallize and express their unique brand and identity so they can gain exposure for their products, services, and innovations; establish relationships vital to achieving their goals; and explain to customers, the media, analysts, and other influencers, supply chain partners, and the general public not only what the organization does, but why anyone should care. Throughout her career, Amanda has worked with clients ranging from small start-ups to household names such as Apple, HP, Intel, and Microsoft.
As part of the Martell Communications team, she has written for Amulaire, Analog Devices, Atmosphere Networks, Ayla Networks, Chiaro, Dolby Labs, Echelon, Etymotic Research, Mohr-Davidow Ventures, SVTC Technologies, Think Outside, and numerous other companies. Prior to becoming a freelancer, Amanda was Associate Partner of The Talbott Group, a small agency in Palo Alto that provided PR services for biotechnology companies and writing services for other high-technology companies. Earlier, she was a writer for Regis McKenna Inc., a pioneering high-tech PR firm in Silicon Valley, and the life sciences reporter/editor for the News Bureau of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Before starting her science writing career, she worked for two years as a research lab assistant in a developmental neurobiology lab at UC San Diego. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in biology (emphasizing molecular/cellular biology) with a minor in philosophy from UC San Diego and a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently based in Ashland, Oregon, midway between California’s Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest’s Silicon Forest.