I agree with Dave's suggestion, you may need to start out with a lateral move into pharmaceutical QC, then move internally to a more R&D based position. Keep in mind that PC is also correct, the job stability for R&D scientists is MUCH more volatile than it is for QC analysts.
Perhaps; instead of R&D, what about QC for companies that make molecular biology and biochemistry related products? Not just drugs, but things like, say, PCR primers, plasmids, medical ELISA kits, enzymes for industrial processes, etc?
My resume is currently divided into two sections; the first is focussed on my education in various topics related to molecular biology and biochemistry that I learned in school (as well as specific lab assignments we did).
The second is focussed on what I've done personally in my career. Unfortunately, my career involves mostly microbiology and very very simple molecular bio and biochem.
I wouldn't dream of trying to sneak it into the career-experience portion of my resume. All I'm asking is, what can I do to demonstrate knowledge of more advanced molecular bio techniques to potential employers?