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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 
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
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.