The Well-Tempered Word, LLC

6906 Tottenham Rd.

Madison, WI 53711-3965

Contact:  Kafryn W. Lieder, Ph.D.

Cell: 608.513.6907 (Try cell phone first)

Skype: 608.554.0374




Services Provided

Scientific/technical review

Federal funding proposal assistance

Industry Experience

Agriculture and food products 


Healthcare/Medical services

Company Description

Kafryn W. Lieder, Ph.D., of The Well-Tempered Word, LLC, has been providing scientific and technical writing and editing services to companies and individuals since 2003. She has more than 25 years technical writing experience in the life sciences and law. Most of her clients are based in Madison or Milwaukee; however she has worked with clients across the country. She has helped several companies win Technology Assistance Grants (TAG) from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

Kafryn primarily works with biotech start-up and small companies on: 

  • Grant applications (federal, state, and foundation) - more than 30; more than 50% funded (more than $6 million in funding)
  • Manuscripts (peer-reviewed and trade journal articles) - more than 25; each accepted by the first journal to which it was submitted
  • Product sell sheets - more than 12
  • Product protocols (package inserts) - more than 45
  • Numerous other technical writing/editing projects (such as scientific posters, PowerPoint presentations, websites)

Kafryn has extensive experience with all aspects of the Federal grant (SBIR/STTR) application and review processes, especially the electronic submission requirements and eRA Commons (for NIH). She provides project management services, drafts portions of and edits proposals, consults with clients on contact with funding agencies, and assists with the various details of submission.

Areas of Expertise

Kafryn has more than six years experience in grant preparation, writing, editing, and submission to NIH (10 institutes and centers), NSF, FDA (USDA), DOD, and several foundations. Grant submission requires a team approach. Aside from working closely with company personnel, Kafryn networks with a group of highly qualified consultants, including financial analysts, graphic designers, and other grant service providers. Kafryn's involvement can include project management, locating potential funding sources, planning and outlining the grant, conferring with the funding agency, deciding on figures and tables, drafting and editing text, compiling necessary information and materials for the forms (budgets, biosketches, facilities, etc.), formatting the grant and bibliography (EndNote), finalizing and seeing the application package through to completed submission, and then following up with supplemental materials and reviewing/responding to the summary statement (or equivalent) on the reviewed grant.

Although much of her work focuses on communicating to a scientifically literate audience, Kafryn has ample experience in adapting technical information for presentation to a non-technical audience. Further, many of her clients are non-native English speakers.

Kafryn received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry (minor: organic chemistry) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed post-doctoral research at UW-Madison's Pharmacy Department. She is a member of the American Chemical Association (ACS), the Society for Technical Communication (STC), and the Madison Area Business Consultants.

Kafryn's previous work experience includes technical writing for several Madison area biotechnology companies and more than 10 years experience as a paralegal in litigation, public finance, and international law.