Alex Philippidis Senior News Editor Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Looking for a job? These companies could hook you up.

Following is 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): (847) 267-1176; West Coast office: (415) 358-2400

Services: Global clinical outsourcing organization providing full-service CRO capabilities, functional service provider (FSP) strategies, and on-demand staffing solutions (including contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire) for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device organizations.


Top executive: Leo Sheridan, CEO

Year established: 1994

Allen-Jeffers Associates

Address: 28512 Las Arubas, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677. Additional office in 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 and other industries.


Top executive: Bob Jeffers, president and founder

Year established: 1978


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

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, R&D, sales, and CFO and financial leadership. One of the world’s largest woman-owned executive search firms.


Top executive: Dale Winston, chairwoman and CEO

Year established: 1963

Besen Associates

Address: 5030 Mundy Drive, Cumming, GA 30028

Phone number(s): (678) 807-7052

Services: Executive recruiting services for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Employment opportunities for M.D.s, Ph.D.s, chemists, pharma scientists, business development and licensing professionals, marketing and sales professionals.


Top executive: Doug Besen, president

Year established: Year unavailable; “over 45 years of experience,” according to website

Bio-Partners and Lennon Search Associates

Address: 611 W. Union St., Morganton, NC. Bio-Partners has additional offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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

Services: Bio-Partners specializes in recruiting for positions in the life sciences, including specialties in biotechnology, bioinformatics, genomics/proteomics, cheminformatics, clinical trials, and medical devices. Lennon Search Associates specializes in assignments for bioscience, healthcare, medical device, pharmaceutical, consumer, and personal product industries. 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.


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

Year established: 1988; founded as Hall Management Group


Address: Northern California office: 100 Spear Street, Suite 700, 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.


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

Year established: 1985

BLG Executive Search

Address: Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 10, 60329 Frankfurt am Main. Additional office in 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.


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

Year established: 2011

Bowdoin Group

Address: 40 William Street, Wellesley, MA 02481

Phone number(s): (781) 263-5200; also toll-free at (800) 239-3141

Services: Full-service executive search and consulting firm with a practice in Life Sciences & Biotechnology and other industries. Functional areas include clinical development, commercial operations, corporate/business, development, discovery & non-clinical development, engineering, facilities, manufacturing, medical affairs, quality, regulatory affairs, sales, marketing, and IT.


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; firm focuses on recruiting M.D. or Ph.D. candidates for research and development positions ranging from senior scientists to corporate officers.


Top executive: Ellen Clark, president

Year established: 1997

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 pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive search and recruitment firm; 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.


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

Year established: 2000

Critical Path, Inc.

Address: 8221 Village Harbor Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031

Phone number(s): (704) 765-2650

Services: National search firm providing recruitment services exclusively to clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Services for employers include contingency searches and retained searches.


Top executive: Karen Baldwin, president

Year established: Year unavailable

Dunne and Associates

Address: Greenville, SC1

Phone number(s): (864) 735-8786

Services: Executive search firm recruiting for sales, sales management, and marketing positions with biotech companies.


Top executive: Vincent Dunne, president

Year established: 2013

Greylock Recruiting

Address: 545 Main St., Williamstown, MA 01267

Phone number(s): (617) 680-1952

Services: Full-service recruiting, search and staffing agency focused on providing a comprehensive and confidential service for scientific professionals within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Clients range from small startups to top-tier pharmaceutical and biotech companies throughout the continental U.S., for whom the firm sources and provides candidates for full-time positions. Core competencies include DMPK, bioanalytical, and clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics.


Top executive: T.J. Elder, principal

Year established: 2007

Address: 62 Pine Drive, Roosevelt, NJ 08555

Phone number(s): (609) 308-2658

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.


Top executive: Rob Masterson, president

Year established: 2004


Address: East Coast: 222 Third Street, Suite 0350, Cambridge, MA 02142. West Coast: 50 California St., Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone number(s): East Coast: (617) 252-0606; West Coast: (415) 795-9300

Services: Search firm focused on industries that include the life sciences. Job specialties include clinical research, chemistry, discovery research, engineering/facilities, lab animal medicine, manufacturing, process development, project management, quality and regulatory, and validation/calibration.


Top executive: David Hayes, president and founder

Year established: 1998

Joseph Associates, Inc.

Address: 229 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743

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

Services: Provide companies with personnel to fill positions that include clinical research, medical directors, Ph.D. level R&D, data management, drug safety and regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, HEOR specialists, epidemiologists, and statistical analysis and experimental design.


Top executive: Joe Nakelski, president

Year established: 1986

K2 Executive Search

Address: 9125 NW 48 St. #1700, Sunrise, FL 33351. Additional office at 2208 Jefferson Court, North Wales, PA 19454

Phone number(s): (202) 465-4792; North Wales, PA office: (215) 631-1718

Services: Contingency recruiting firm serving clients in biotech and life sciences that seek candidates with experience in mass spec, genomics, proteomics, PCR, assay development, microarray, next-gen sequencing, drug discovery, HPLC/GC, biodefense, molecular diagnostics, and more. Firm provides candidates for sales, R&D, FAS, in-house counsel, marketing, operations, engineering, and management roles.


Top executive: David Ruyle, owner, based in Sunrise, FL; Peter J. Mays, partner, based in North Wales, PA

Year established: 2000 

Kelly 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; Singapore: +656494 6060; Switzerland: +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.


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.


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

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

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.


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; Also toll free at (800) 785-2144

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


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. Also maintains Rx Research Services CRO 1000 S. Fremont Ave., Unit 43, Building A1, Suite 1200, Alhambra, CA 91803

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.


Top executive: Rosemarie Christopher, founder, president and CEO

Year established: 1992

Neil Michael Group

Address: 9 Park Place, Great Neck, NY 11021

Phone number(s): (516) 482-8810

Services: Retained life science executive search firm focused entirely on senior level executive and scientific searches on an international scale.


Top executive: Neil M. Solomon, Ph.D., principal and consultant

Year established: 1983

Powell Search Associates

Address: 123 Harbor Drive, Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902

Phone number(s): (203) 327-7671

Services: Pharmaceutical and biotechnology executive search firm. Positions filled include R&D areas such as biometrics/biostatistics, clinical development/clinical research, Phase IV patient registries, pricing & reimbursement, produce development, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, safety, and toxicology. Firm also fills positions in non-technical areas that include alliance management, business development, intellectual property, marketing, government affairs, and public/investor relations.


Top executive: Clare Powell, founder

Year established: 2008

Resource Management & Acquisitions (RMA)

Address: Principal location address not available. 40 locations in the U.S. and Canada; nine in Europe; eight in Asia; and three in the South Pacific

Phone number(s): (888) 646-2607

Services: Executive search and executive recruiting for 30 industries including biotechnology, where the firm serves companies whose technologies are based on biology, agriculture, food science, or medicine. Segments include genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology IT and biorobotics.


Top executive: Name of key executive unavailable

Year established: Exact year unavailable; “over 20 years of experience,” according to website.

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 professionals, with specialties in pharmaceutical & biotechnology as well as other industries, predominantly centered in the corridor stretching from Washington DC to Boston.


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): U.K. office: +44 207 553 2370; North America: (484) 567-2900; China: +86 21 6058 5938

Services: Provider of search services for executive to middle managers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, vaccines, and medical device industries globally.


Top executive: Nick Bellwood, managing director, U.K.; Jillian Atkinson, client 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, and toll free at (800) 875-SHAW [7429]

Services: Executive search firm serving the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries; Areas of specialty include analytical, auditing, business development, manufacturing, product development, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, and technical services. Firm does not focus on sales specialties.


Top executive: A. 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, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries in San Diego. Candidates placed at all levels in temporary, contract, or contract-to-hire positions.


Top executive: Travis Medley, president

Year established: 2008

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.


Top executive: Craig Tanner, founder and CEO

Year established: 1984

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.


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

Year established: 2011; formed by 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. Additional offices in Atlanta; Burlington, MA; Houston; Irvine, CA; Louisville, KY; New York; Emeryville, CA; St. Louis; and Bethesda, MD. Additionally, the firm has consultants based in Austin, TX; Denver; Minneapolis; Nantucket, MA; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Toledo, OH.

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

Services: Executive search firm identifying CEO, COO and other C-suite executives; general managers; board members; sales, business development and marketing executives; R&D and scientific affairs leaders; and clinical development and operations executives. Firm’s clients include pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical devices, diagnostics and related companies.


Top executive: John McLean, managing partner, central region, and global practice leader, life sciences

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.

1 Address unavailable at deadline pending opening of new facility.

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