Even the biggest biotech and biopharma companies need a little help sometimes finding good staff. That’s where recruiters come in; from temp workers to new executives, a good recruiter can always find the right person for the job. So, what recruiters are out there?

GEN presents a list of recruiters for biotechnology and pharmaceutical positions, unranked and listed in alphabetical order, and 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, and year established.

Advanced Clinical

Address: 10 Parkway North, Suite 350, Deerfield, IL 60015. West Coast office: 570 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone number(s): Corporate HQ, Strategic Sourcing (CRO Solutions): (847) 267-1176. Corporate HQ, Talent Management: (877) 995-9222. West Coast office: (415) 358-2400

Services: Provider of full-service CRO and strategic resourcing solutions for the life sciences industry

Website: www.advancedclinical.com

Top executive: Leo Sheridan, CEO and president

Year established: 1988

Allen-Jeffers Associates

Address: 28512 Las Arubas, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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

Services: Executive and technical search firm dedicated to serving pharmaceutical and other industries

Website: www.allen-jeffersassoc.com

Top executive: Bob Jeffers, president and founder

Year established: 1978


Address: 555 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10022. Additional offices in Boston; Chicago; Edison, NJ; and Washington, D.C.

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

Services: Executive search services for industries that include the life sciences. One of the world’s largest woman-owned executive search firms

Website: www.battaliawinston.com

Top executive: Dale Winston, CEO and chairwoman

Year established: 1963


Address: Northern California office: 100 Spear Street, Suite 1125, San Francisco, CA 94105. Southern California office: 1420 Bristol Street North, Suite 230, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone number(s): (415) 777-2422. Southern California office: (949) 488-8018

Services: Executive search services focused exclusively on the top two management tiers (CEO and all functional VPs), in addition to board searches, for the life sciences industry, including biopharmaceutical and diagnostics employers

Website: www.bioquestinc.com

Top executive: Karen Bertrand, senior vp, Biopharmaceutical Practice leader

Year established: 1985

BLG Executive Search

Address: Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 10, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

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

Website: www.blg-es.com

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

Bowdoin Group

Address: 40 William Street, Wellesley, MA 02481

Phone number(s): (781) 263-5200

Services: Full-service executive search and consulting firm serving industry sectors that include life sciences and biotech. Functional areas include clinical development, commercial operations, corporate/business, development, discovery & nonclinical development, engineering, facilities, manufacturing, medical affairs, quality, regulatory affairs, sales, marketing, and IT

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: Executive search firm recruiting senior talent for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Specialization in R&D. Firm recruits only M.D. or Ph.D. candidates at a senior level with a minimum of several years’ work experience past graduate school

Website: clarksearch.com

Top executive: Ellen Clark, president

Year established: 1997

Cornerstone Search Group

Address: 6 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054

Phone number(s): (973) 656-0220

Services: Specialized pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive search and recruitment firm. Focuses on attracting and hiring accomplished professionals from experienced staff levels through the senior leadership involved with the discovery, development, and commercialization of drugs/therapeutic treatments for the U.S. and international markets

Website: www.cornerstonesg.com

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

Year established: 2000

Craig Tanner & Associates

Address: 993 South Santa Fe, Vista, CA 92083

Phone number(s): (760) 598-3363

Services: Executive search firm recruiting for positions in biotechnology companies, and large pharmaceutical companies

Website: www.biotechsearch.com

Top executive: Craig Tanner, founder and CEO

Year established: 1984


Address: 15 E. Branch Road, Allentown, NJ 08501

Phone number(s): (609) 208-2401

Services: Employment resource and networking tool for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, life science and medical device industries. Works exclusively with direct employer clients seeking to fill positions in categories that include R&D, clinical research associate, chemist, scientist, biology, oncology, regulatory affairs, biostatistician, medical writer, laboratory, quality assurance, quality control, sales & marketing, manufacturing, and medical communication

Website: www.hirelifescience.com

Top executive: Rob Masterson, president

Year established: 2004


Address: East Coast: 222 Third Street, Suite 0350, Cambridge, MA 02142. West Coast: 524 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone number(s): East Coast office: (617) 252-0606. West Coast office: (415) 762-0092

Services: Search firm focused on industries that include the life sciences; Job specialties include Scientists and research associates, preclinical / lab animal medicine / veterinary science, chemistry, protein purification, process development, process engineering, quality assurance, quality control, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, clinical research, project management, facilities, and engineering/EH&S

Website: www.hireminds.net/about.aspx

Top executive: David Hayes, president and founder

Year established: 1998

Joseph Associates

Address: 229 Main St. Huntington, NY 11743

Phone number(s): (631) 351-5805

Services: Provide companies with personnel to fill positions that include biostatisticians, clinical development, computational biologists, drug safety, epidemiologists, HEOR specialists, medical directors, directors of pharmaco-epidemiology and pharmacovigilance, statisticians

Website: www.jaexecutivesearch.com

Top executive: Joe Nakelski, president

Year established: 1986

Kelly Staffing Services

Address: 999 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084-4782. Asia-Pacific HQ: 20 Anson Road, #05-03, Singapore 079912. Europe-Middle East-Africa HQ: 20, Avenue Edouard-Dubois – CP 48, CH – 2006 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Phone number(s): U.S. office: (248) 362-4444. Asia-Pacific HQ: +656494 6060. Europe-Middle East-Africa HQ: +4132 737 18 00

Services: Provider of outsourcing and consulting services, as well as staffing on a temporary, temporary-to-hire, and direct-hire basis

Website: www.kellyservices.com/Global/Science

Top executive: Carl T. Camden, president and CEO

Year established: 1946

Kuhn Med-Tech

Address: 27128 Paseo Espada, San Juan Capestrano, CA 92675

Phone number(s): (949) 600-8365

Services: Executive search consultants for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device positions at companies worldwide; Positions include R&D, manufacturing, engineering, marketing/sales, senior management, regulatory/clinical affairs, and quality

Website: www.kuhnmed-tech.com

Top executive: Bob Jeffers, president; Larry A. Kuhn, founder

Year established: 1979

Life Science Search Partners

Address: 145. S Livernois, Suite 240, Rochester Hills, MI 48307

Phone number(s): (888) 303-3960

Interviewing offices in Boston, Dallas-Austin, Detroit (Troy, MI), Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, San Diego, and Toronto

Services: National executive search and recruiting firm specializing in strategic placements within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors; Executing complex and discreet searches for multinational corporations, start-ups and companies in turnaround situations; division of JMJ Phillip

Website: lifesciencesearch.com

Top executive: Ryan Goff, executive director

Year established: 2009

Life Search Technologies

Address: 11350 McCormick Road—Executive Plaza 3, Suite 1001, Hunt Valley, MD 21030

Phone number(s): (410) 785-6313 or (800) 785-2144

Services: Executive search firm providing staffing solutions for biotechnology. Focuses on drug discovery positions in molecular/cell biology; genomics; proteomics; immunology; protein chemistry; chromatography; mass spectrometry; high-throughput screening (HTS); microarray; instrumentation; bioinformatics; image analysis equipment; lab supplies

Website: lifesearchtech.com

Top executive: Glenn Davis, president

Year established: 2002

MEI RxRS (Med Exec International, Rx Research Staffing divisions)

Address: 100 N. Brand Blvd., Suite 306-309, Glendale, CA 91203

Phone number(s): (800) 507-5277

Services: MEI: Recruitment for top-echelon executive and vp-level positions in clinical research, regulatory affairs, quality assurance, and medical affairs. Rx RS: Full-service staffing solutions for life sciences industry

Website: www.meirxrs.com/medexec-international-healthcare-recruiters

Top executive: Rosemarie Christopher, founder, president and CEO

Year established: 1992

Sanford Rose Associates – San Francisco

Address: 2333 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 175, San Ramon, CA 94583

Phone number(s): (925) 837-5800

Services: A boutique-retained executive search firm focused on life sciences that partners with organizations to find director, vp, and C-level executives. Functions covered include R&D, manufacturing, sales, marketing, business development, finance, IT, bioinformatics, regulatory and medical affairs, and general management

Website: www.sanfordrose.com/sanfrancisco

Top executive: Rich Carter, president

Year established: 1999

Scientific Search

Address: 101 East Gate Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Phone number(s): (856) 761-0900

Services: Full-service employment agency offering multiple staffing options for pharmaceutical & biotech professionals in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York markets

Website: scientificsearch.com

Top executive: Joseph Peters, president

Year established: 1983

Sharpstream Life Sciences

Address: 18 Mansell Street, 1st Floor, London, E1 8AA, U.K. North America: 111 Presidential Blvd, Suite 240, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004. China: Room 318, Building 1, 1287 Shangcheng Road, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200120,

Phone number(s): +44 207 553 2370. North America office: (484) 567-2900. China office: +86 21 6058 5938

Services: Provider of search services for executive to middle managers in the life sciences sector globally

Website: www.sharpstream.com

Top executive: Nick Bellwood, managing director, U.K.; Craig Natale, managing director, U.S.

Year established: 1999; acquired 2010 by On Assignment, founded 1985

Shaw Associates

Address: 11206 Callaway Greens Drive, Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33913-8139

Phone number(s): (239) 454-4414

Services: Executive search firm serving the pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. Areas of specialty include analytical, auditing, business development, manufacturing, product development, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, and technical services

Website: shawassociates.com/contact.html

Top executive: Gregory Shaw, president

Year established: 1995

Simply Biotech

Address: 11858 Bernardo Plaza Court, Suite 230, San Diego, CA 92128

Phone number(s): (858) 487-0507

Services: Recruiting firm dedicated exclusively to the biotech industry in San Diego. Candidates placed for contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent positions.

Website: www.simplybiotech.com

Top executive: Travis Medley, president

Year established: 2008

Valesta Clinical Research Solutions

Address: 26745 Malibu Hills Road Calabasas, CA 91301. Additional offices in Belgium (Mechelen and Mont-Saint-Guibert), Spain (Barcelona and Madrid), and the Netherlands (’s-Hertogenbosch)

Phone number(s): (800) 445-2465

Services: Specializes in filling scientific and clinical research positions in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and related industries. Places candidates at all career levels in contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire opportunities

Website: us.valesta.com

Top executive: Peter Dameris, CEO and president, On Assignment

Year established: 2011; formed by the acquisition of Belgian-owned Valesta, founded 1997, by On Assignment, founded 1985; On Assignment combined Valesta with its clinical research division, which incorporates The Cambridge Group, founded 1976

Witt / Kieffer

Address: 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523

Phone number(s): (888) 281-1370

Services: Executive search firm serving life sciences companies—including pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics corporations—and other employers

Website: www.wittkieffer.com/biotech

Top executive: John McLean, managing director, central region, and Life Sciences Practice leader

Year established: 1969


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.

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