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April 18, 2016

50 Biotech and Biopharma Recruiters

Who They Know Can Help You Land a Job in the Industry

50 Biotech and Biopharma Recruiters

The workload of recruiters should increase this year since biotech and other life sciences employers worldwide “should see enough long-term growth opportunities to feel cautiously optimistic about 2016,” according to Deloitte Consulting. [auremar/Fotolia]

  • In Deloitte’s “2016 U.S. Life Sciences Industry Outlook” released in January, Greg Reh, the firm’s U.S. and Global Life Sciences sector leader, offered a somewhat encouraging assessment of employment prospects this year: “Despite current economic, political, technological, and social challenges, life sciences companies worldwide should see enough long-term growth opportunities to feel cautiously optimistic about 2016.”

    Three such opportunities were identified by recruiting firm Smith Hanley Associates earlier this year: One was candidate movement to smaller biopharmas, which the firm said leads to higher base salaries as companies scramble to offset the loss of long-term incentives given by big pharma. Mergers and acquisitions create jobs for candidates willing to relocate, whereas the growth of big data adds positions for in-house data scientists but also results in project outsourcing to vendors that creates new markets and innovations, Smith Hanley added.

    All those trends should mean more work for biopharma recruiters, who match employers with job candidates in significant portions of the industry.

    Below is a list of 50 recruiters for biotechnology and pharmaceutical positions, unranked and listed in alphabetical order. That’s up from 40 firms on last year’s List and 24 firms in GEN’s first recruiter List published in 2013. The companies listed are among top recruiters as established from Internet searches or publicly available online lists of biopharma recruiters, but do not constitute a list of all biopharma recruiters.

    Listings are based on information furnished by the companies on their websites and other publicly available material, including their LinkedIn and Twitter pages and press announcements. Each recruiter is listed with its address, phone number, description of its services, top executive(s), and year

  • Advanced Clinical

    Address: 10 Parkway North, Suite 350, Deerfield, IL 60015. West Coast office: 570 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133—(415) 621-6122; Orlando, FL, regional office: 151 Southhall Lane, Suite 110, Maitland, FL 32751—(407) 712-7410

    Phone number(s): (847) 267-1176 

    Services: Clinical development organization that provides global end-to-end services—including CRO, functional support, quality & validation, patient recruitment and retention, and strategic talent acquisition solutions—for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device organizations

    Website: www.advancedclinical.com

    Top executive: Leo Sheridan, CEO

    Year established: 1994

  • Allen-Jeffers Associates

    Address: 28512 Las Arubas, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Additional office: Nashville, TN, serving Eastern and Southern regions of the U.S.

    Phone number(s): (949) 643-2146

    Services: Executive and technical search firm dedicated to serving pharmaceutical, medical device, and allied technology industries exclusively.

    Website: www.allen-jeffersassoc.com

    Top executive: Bob Jeffers, president and founder

    Year established: 1978

  • The Bandish Group

    Address: 1432 Easton Road, Suite 2B, Warrington, PA 18976

    Phone number(s): (800) 881-9976 [US Only]; (267) 483-5233

    Services: Boutique specialty executive search firm providing full life cycle global recruiting services and staffing solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device industries.

    Website: www.bandishgroup.com

    Top executive: Jackie Bandish, MSHR, CPC, managing member and founder

    Year established: 1996

  • BattaliaWinston

    Address: 555 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10022. Firm has additional offices in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Woodbridge, NJ. Life Sciences practice group bases consultants in Chicago and Woodbridge, NJ.

    Phone number(s): (212) 308-8080

    Services: Executive search services for the life sciences and other industries. Functional areas include marketing, human resources, CEOs, CIO and technology leadership, legal, risk, compliance, sales, and CFO and financial leadership. One of the world’s largest woman-owned executive search firms.

    Website: www.battaliawinston.com

    Top executive: Dale Winston, chairwoman and CEO

    Year established: 1963

  • Beckford Search Partners

    Address: 12 Camden Row, Dublin 8, Ireland; 867 Boylston Street 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02116

    Phone number(s): +353 (0) 1 490 6270 (Ireland); (857) 263-3726 (Boston)

    Services: Specialized retained executive search consultancy serving the international biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Firm assists companies looking to expand their footprint in Irish and European markets through the delivery of key senior executives in commercial affairs, medical affairs, regulatory and quality management, R&D, and global manufacturing supply.

    Website: beckfordsearch.com

    Top executive: Stephen Boylan, managing partner

    Year established: 2014

  • Bio-Partners and Lennon Search Associates

    Address: 611 W. Union Street, Morganton, NC; Additional offices for Bio-Partners in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

    Phone number(s): (828) 433-7058

    Services: Bio-Partners specializes in recruiting all levels of executives and professionals for positions in the life sciences, including specialties in bioinformatics, biotechnology, healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical,  and personal consumer product industries.

    Lennon Search Associates specializes in assignments for bioscience, healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical, consumer, and personal product industries, as well as key executive recruitment for positions in manufacturing, operations, supply chain, engineering leaders and technical management. Lennon Search also offers traditional direct staffing and contractual services for executive, engineering, and technical professions.

    Websites: recruiters-connection.com; lennonsearch.com/contact

    Top executives: Bio-Partners: Conrad Taylor, CPC, founder; Bill Lennon, CPC, co-founder, and Fred Kaplan, CPC, co-founder. Lennon Search Associates: Bill Lennon, CPC, founder and president

    Year established: 1988; founded as Hall Management Group

  • BioPhase Solutions

    Address: 5405 Morehouse Drive, Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92121; 401 East Ocean Blvd, Suite 510, Long Beach, CA 90802; 140 Gregory Lane, Suite 190, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

    Phone number(s): San Diego—(858) 552-2000; Long Beach—(562) 495-3200; Pleasant Hill—(925) 338-2377

    Services: Provider of scientific, clinical research, and administrative personnel to biotech and pharmaceutical companies in California. Placements have ranged from recent life science graduates to seasoned clinical research associates looking for managerial openings.

    Website: www.biophaseinc.com

    Top executive: Jeff Prekker, president

    Year established: Year unavailable

  • BioQuest

    Address: 100 Mission Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94105. Southern California office: 27405 Puerto Real, Suite 355, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

    Phone number(s): San Francisco—(415) 777-2422; Mission Viejo—(949) 488-8018

    Services: Retained executive search services firm focused on placing CEOs, board members, and senior technical and business executives for the life sciences and healthcare industries, including biopharmaceutical and diagnostics employers. Partners with HTI, based in Paris, for retained searches in Europe.

    Website: www.bioquestinc.com

    Top executives: Roger Anderson, managing partner and co-founder; Karen Bertrand, partner, leader of firm’s biopharma and diagnostics practices, based in San Francisco.

    Year established: 1985

  • BLG Executive Search

    Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 54 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Additional offices in Amstelveen, The Netherlands (following acquisition of HealthyCareers in January 2015); Prestbury, U.K.; Vienna, Austria; and Zug, Switzerland

    Phone number(s): +49 (0) 69 380 78 76 00

    Services: Executive search recruitment consultants searching for candidates across Europe to fill positions in diagnostics and medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotech. Current core markets are Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium–The Netherlands–Luxembourg), France, Scandinavia and Great Britain.

    Website: www.blg-es.com

    Top executive: Pim van de Riet, managing director and chairman of the board

    Year established: 2011

  • The Bowdoin Group

    Address: 200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4010, Waltham, MA 02451. Boston office: 745 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02111. New York office: 120 E. 23rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10017

    Phone number(s): All locations—(781) 263-5200;

    Services: Full-time hiring practice with a focus on mid- to executive-level positions in Life Sciences and other practice areas. Focus is on finding highly specialized executives and building out teams of scientists, medical affairs, manufacturing, operations, and sales professionals and on talent acquisition consulting and RPO Services, as well as technology contracting and SOW consulting.

    Website: bowdoingroup.com

    Top executive: Dave Melville, CEO and founder

    Year established: 1994

  • Clark Executive Search

    Address: 135 N. Ferry Road, PO Box 560, Shelter Island, NY 11964

    Phone number(s): (631) 749-3540

    Services: Boutique recruiting firm focused exclusively on placing senior-level scientists and doctors in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; firm recruits M.D. or Ph.D. candidates for research and development positions ranging from senior scientists to corporate officers.

    Website: clarksearch.com

    Top executive: Ellen Clark, president

    Year established: 1997

  • Compass Consulting Group

    Address: 4145 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Suite 102, Danville, CA 94506

    Phone number(s): (925) 884-3811

    Services: Focused on placement of life science and biopharmaceutical professionals in research, development, and commercialization positions; also focuses on placement of IT and legal professionals.

    Website: www.compasscgroup.com/life-science-bio-tech-recruiters/life-sciences-recruitment

    Top executive: Brett Forrest, founder and managing partner

    Year established: 2008

  • Cornerstone Search Group

    Address: 6 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054

    Phone number(s): (973) 656-0220; also in Switzerland at 41 61 508 7010

    Services: Specialized life sciences executive search firm whose clients include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, consumer healthcare, and life science consulting companies. Partners with U.S. and global life science companies to identify and recruit accomplished professionals for their senior staff through executive management level positions located worldwide.

    Website: www.cornerstonesg.com

    Top executives: Cliff F. Miras, co-founder & managing partner; Steven Y. Raz, co-founder & managing partner

    Year established: 2000

  • Corporate Search

    Address: 90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1420, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Phone number(s): (415) 684-1960

    Services: Executive search firm currently specializing in executive and management positions in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries; Biotech practice focuses on C-suite to director level opportunities in Phase I–IV; clinical development, clinical operations, drug safety, regulatory and quality, medical affairs, program/project management, biometrics/biostatistics, and data management.

    Website: www.corpsearchjmi.com

    Top executive: Lori Perlstadt, CEO

    Year established: 1984

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