Paul Strouts, global managing director for Hays Life Sciences, has pinpointed “The Five Hottest Life Science Jobs for 2017.” Two of the five are traditional R&D roles: research technician and senior researcher, especially in genomics and genetics. Two others are managerial roles: chief scientific officer and clinical project manager.

The fifth is more a category than a specific role—specialists who can fulfill critical skills gaps by applying skills beyond the master’s and doctoral degree graduates traditionally sought by Biopharma: “Mathematical and IT experience (are) coming high on hirers’ wish lists,” Strouts observed. “If you’re keen to break into this sector, now might be a good time to think about leveraging your existing experience.”

Greg Reh, U.S. and global life sciences sector leader for Deloitte, summed up several factors shaping how companies and their employees operate in the firm’s “2017 U.S. Life Sciences Industry Outlook.” Clinical and technical employees often work 24/7 on global innovation teams, aided by technologies such as cloud-based computing, robotics, and AI.

Significantly, Reh added, companies have begun switching from full-time employees toward part-time and on-demand or “contingent” workers such as contract employees, freelancers, and consultants.

“Some are considering employing a contingent workforce, even with the legal and regulatory challenges that come with it, to temporarily fill skills gaps on-demand and introduce more fluidity in recruitment,” Reh noted. “These developments and others call for new workforce-management models that recognize the advantages and challenges of an open-talent economy and the need to develop and retain employees with critical clinical, business, and technology skill sets.”

Those trends pose new challenges for Biopharma recruiters, who match employers with job candidates in significant portions of the industry.

Below is a list of 60 recruiters for Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical positions, unranked and listed alphabetically. That’s up from 50 firms last year, 40 in 2015, and 24 in GEN’s first recruiter list from 2013. Companies were included based on internet searches or publicly available online lists of Biopharma recruiters, but this list does not constitute a list of all Biopharma recruiters.

Listings include 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, website, top executive(s), and year established.

Advanced Clinical

Address: Headquarters: 10 Parkway North, Suite 350, Deerfield, IL 60015. Additional offices in Maitland, FL; Providence, RI; San Diego; and San Francisco.

Phone number(s): (847) 267-1176


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


Top executive: Bob Jeffers, president and founder

Year established: 1978


Apex Life Sciences

4400 Cox Road, Suite 200, Glen Allen, VA 23060; 38 additional offices in the U.S. and one in Toronto.

Phone number(s): Not available


Top executive: Peter Dameris, CEO of On Assignment

Year established: 2017, via rebranding of On Assignment’s U.S. life sciences businesses, Lab Support and Valesta Clinical Research Solutions.


Ardent Search

Address: 15/F Soundwill Plaza II–Midtown, 1-29 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong S.A.R.

Phone number: (852) 3628 3700


Top executive: Robert Hall, managing director

Year established: 2009


Artemis Staffing

Address: 1100 Moraga Way, Suite 103, Moraga, CA 94556

Phone number: (925) 284-8900


Top executive: Shellie Williams, CEO

Year established: 1990 (as Artemis Search); re-established 2013


The Bandish Group

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

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


Top executive: Jackie Bandish, managing member and founder

Year established: 1996



Address: Headquarters: 555 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10022. Additional offices in Boston; Chicago; Washington, DC; and Woodbridge, NJ. Life sciences practice group consultants based in Chicago and Woodbridge, NJ.

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


Top executive: Dale Winston, chairwoman and CEO

Year established: 1963


Becker Technical Staffing

Address: Headquarters: 312 Old Lancaster Road, Merion Station, PA 19066; Satellite office in West Hollywood, Florida.

Phone number(s): (610) 667-3010


Top executive: Renee Becker, president/CEO

Year established: 2008


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)


Top executive: Stephen Boylan, managing partner

Year established: 2014


Bio-Partners and Lennon Search Associates

Address: 611 W. Union Street, Morganton, NC, 28655; Additional offices for Bio-Partners in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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


Top executives: Bio-Partners: Conrad Taylor, founder; Bill Lennon, co-founder, and Fred Kaplan, co-founder. Lennon Search Associates: Bill Lennon, 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): (858) 552-2000 (San Diego); (562) 495-3200 (Long Beach); (925) 338-2377 (Pleasant Hill)


Top executive: Jeff Prekker, president

Year established: 2004



Address: Headquarters: 100 Mission Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94105. Southern California office: 27405 Puerto Real, Suite 355, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Partners with HTI, based in Neuilly sur Seine, France, for retained searches in Europe.

Phone number(s): San Francisco—(415) 777-2422; Mission Viejo—(949) 488-8018; Neuilly sur Seine, France (HTI)—+33 (0)1 46 24 14 00


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


Biotech Partners

Address: Headquarters: 1936 Weddington Road, Matthews, NC 28173; 605 SW 12th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Phone number(s): (877) 240-1362


Top executive: Ross Petras, president and executive search practice head

Year established: 2004


BLG Healthcare Executive Search

Address: Head office: Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 54 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Additional offices in Amstelveen, The Netherlands; Prestbury, U.K.; Vienna, Austria; and Zug, Switzerland

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


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

Year established: 2011


The Bowdoin Group

Address: Headquarters: 200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4010, Waltham, MA 02451. Additional offices in Boston and New York

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


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


Top executive: Ellen Clark, president

Year established: 1997


Clinical Medical Staffing

Address: Scheendijk 22-20 3621 BC Breukelen, the Netherlands

Phone number: 0346 215962


Top executive: Josée Marsille, managing director

Year established: 2016


Compass Consulting Group

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

Phone number(s): (925) 884-3811


Top executive: Brett Forrest, founder and managing partner

Year established: 2008



    Cornerstone Search Group

    Address: Mack-Cali Business Campus, 6 Campus Drive, Parsippany, NJ 07054

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


    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


    Top executive: Lori Perlstadt, CEO and owner

    Year established: 1984


    Coulter Partners

    Address: 70 Gray’s Inn Road London, WC1X 8BT U.K. Additional locations in Cambridge, MA; Newton, MA; Short Hills, NJ; Lyngby, Denmark; Berlin and Frankfurt, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; and Zurich, Switzerland

    Phone number(s): +44 (0) 20 3167 0000


    Top executive: Bianca Coulter, CEO

    Year established: 2003


    Critical Path, Inc.

    Address: 130 Harbour Place, Suite 270, Davidson, NC 28036

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


    Top executive: Karen Baldwin, president

    Year established: 1995


    Dennis Partners

    Address: 323 Main Street West Dennis, MA 02670

    Phone number(s): (508) 394-9700


    Top executive: Jilma Sweeney, president

    Year established: 2003



    Address: 1296 Mayette Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125

    Phone number(s): (408) 390-6948


    Top executives: Molly Ryan, founder and CEO; Ken Stineman, founder and CTO

    Year established: 1997


    Dunne and Associates

    Address: Greenville, SC1

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


    Top executives: Vincent Dunne, president

    Year established: 2013


    Exalon Search

    Address: Globe Works, Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 3AE, U.K.

    Phone number(s): +44(0)114 294 5239


    Top executive: Thomas Spencer-Bancroft, recruiter and director

    Year established: 2014



    Address: Headquarters: 250 Euston Road London NW1 2AF. Additional offices in the U.S. and 30 countries.

    Phone number(s): +44 (0) 20 7383 2266 (London)


    Top executives: Alistair Cox, chief executive; Paul Strouts, global managing director, Hays Life Sciences

    Year established: 1968 (as Career Care Group); 1986 (acquired by Hays plc)


    Address: 62 Pine Drive, Roosevelt, NJ 08555

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


    Top executive: Rob Masterson, president

    Year established: 2004



    Address: 222 Third Street, Suite 0350, Cambridge, MA 02142

    Phone number(s): (617) 252-0606


    Top executive: David Hayes, president and founder

    Year established: 1998



    Address: Boston area office at 26 Shute Path, Newton MA 02459; Research Triangle Park office at 215 North Pine Street, Suite 4705, Charlotte, NC 28202

    Phone number(s): Not available


    Top executive: J. Melissa Cooper, CEO

    Year established: 2009


    Joseph Associates, Inc.

    Address: 229 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743

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


    Top executive: Joe Nakelski, president

    Year established: 1986


    Kelly Services

    Address: 999 West Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084-4782. Asia-Pacific HQ: 20 Anson Road, #05-01 Twenty Anson, Singapore 079912. Europe-Middle East-Africa HQ: 20 Avenue Edouard-Dubois – CP 48, CH – 2006, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

    Phone numbers(s): (248) 362-4444 (Troy, MI); +656709 3388 (Singapore); +4132 737 18 00  (Switzerland)


    Top executive: Carl T. Camden, president and CEO

    Year established: 1946


    Korn Ferry

    Address: Headquarters: 1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Additional offices: 19 in U.S., 7 in Canada, 2 in Mexico, 1 in Costa Rica, 11 in South America, 24 in Asia-Pacific, and 51 in Europe-Middle East-Africa (EMEA).


    Top executive: Gary Burnison, CEO

    Year established: 1969


    Kuhn Med-Tech

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

    Phone number(s): (714) 944-9231


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

    Year established: 1979


    Life Science Partner

    Address: 1230 Peachtree Street, NE, Suite 3875, Atlanta, GA 30309

    Phone number(s): (404) 920-2050


    Top executives: Thomas H. Callaway, M.D., founder and president; Katie Barton, vice president

    Year established: 2002


    Life Science Recruitment

    Address: 12 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2, Ireland; 145-157 St. John Street, London, EC1V 4PW.

    Phone number(s): (+353) 1 685 4848 / (+353) 1 685 4545 (Ireland); (+44) 203 5828 290 (London)


    Top executives: Francis Mulcahy, director; Brian Christensen, associate director, life science

    Year established: 2007


    Life Science Search Partners

    Address: 145 S. Livernois, Suite 240, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Interviewing offices: Boston, Dallas-Austin, Detroit (Troy, MI), Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham (Durham, NC), San Diego, and Toronto

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


    Top executive: Ryan Goff, executive director

    Year established: 2009 (A division of JMJ Phillip)


    Life Search Technologies

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

    Phone number(s): (410) 785-6313; toll-free at (800) 785-2144 


    Top executive: Glenn A. Davis, president/CEO

    Year established: 2002


    Lock Search Group

    Address: Headquarters: Suite 910, 405 The West Mall, Toronto, ON M9C 5J1. Additional offices in Canada in Calgary; Edmonton; Halifax; London, ON; Moncton, NB; Montreal; Ottawa; Quebec City; Saskatoon; Vancouver; and Winnipeg; as well as in Cambridge, MA

    Phone number: (414) 626-8383 (Toronto)


    Top executive: Richard Lock, president and CEO

    Year established: 1983


    Manning Personnel Group

    Address: 211 Congress Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02110

    Phone number(s): (617) 523-8866


    Top executive: Jack Manning, president

    Year established: 1992


    MEIRxRS (Med Exec International, Rx Research Staffing, Rx Research Services CRO divisions)

    Address: 100 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 306–309, Glendale, CA 91203

    Phone number(s): (818) 552-2503

    Websites:; ;

    Top executive: Rosemarie Christopher, founder, president and CEO

    Year established: 1992 (as Med Exec International); 2005 (Rx Research Staffing Solutions established); 2011 (Rx Research Services CRO founded)


    Park Square Executive Search

    Address: 125 Summer Street, 18th Floor, Boston, MA 02110; 325 Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Phone number(s): (617) 401-2990 (Boston); (650) 308-8140 (Menlo Park)


    Top executives: Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D., Aaron Lapat, Erik R. Lundh, Bruce Rychlik—all co-founders and managing partners

    Year established: 2012 (by managing directors of the U.S. business of J. Robert Scott, founded in 1986)


    Phil Ellis Associates

    Address: P.O. Box 900, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

    Phone number(s): (910) 332-1198


    Top executive: Phil Ellis

    Year established: 1978


    Randstad Life Sciences (formerly Randstad Pharma)

    Address: Four Parkway North, Suite 120, Deerfield, IL 60015. Additional offices: 150 Presidential Way, 3rd Floor, Woburn, MA 01801; and 150 S. Warner Road, #401, King of Prussia, PA 19406

    Phone numbers(s): (877) 335-8210 (Deerfield, IL, and Woburn, MA); (484) 588-6805 (King of Prussia, PA)


    Top executives: Traci L. Flatte, group president, Randstad US; John Ebeid, vice president, outsourcing; Tania De Decker, senior director of life sciences, global solutions (based in Brussels, Belgium)

    Year established: 1960 (Randstad); 1996 (Randstad Pharma); 2016 (Randstad Pharma rebranded as Randstad Life Sciences)


    Reaction Search International

    Address: 5000 Executive Parkway, Suite 450, San Ramon, CA 94583. 47 U.S. locations, and nine additional locations outside the U.S.

    Phone number(s): (925) 275-0727; toll-free at (800) 832-8268


    Top executive: Robert Boroff, managing director

    Year established: 2001


    RMA—Resource Management & Acquisitions

    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


    Top executive: Name of key executive unavailable

    Year established: 1989


    Scientific Search

    Address: 100 Larwin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Additional offices: Fort Washington, PA; Hoboken, NJ; and Fairfax, VA

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


    Top executive: Joseph Peters, president

    Year established: 1983


    Shaw Associates

    Address: 12031 Wedge Drive, Suite 100, Fort Myers, FL 33913-8346

    Phone number(s): (239) 454-4414; toll-free (800) 875-SHAW [7429]


    Top executive: A. Gregory Shaw, president

    Year established: 1995


    Simply Biotech, a TalentZök Company

    Address: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92127. Additional offices: 3777 Long Beach Boulevard, Suite 460, Long Beach, CA 90807; 1611 Pomona Road, Suite 102, Corona, CA 92880.

    Phone number(s): San Diego—(858) 487-0507; Long Beach, CA—(424) 488-7106; Corona, CA—(951) 327-6950


    Top executive: Travis Medley, president

    Year established: 2008


    Slone Partners

    Address: 25050 Riding Plaza, Suite 130-805, South Riding, VA 20152 (Mail & Accounting address); 127 Clyde Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 1750 9th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122; 1737 Burbury Way, San Marcos, CA 92078. Additional offices in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington DC

    Phone number(s): (888) 784-3422


    Top executives: Adam Slone, founder; Leslie Loveless, CEO; Tara Kochis-Stach, president

    Year established: 2000


    Smith Hanley Associates

    Address: 107 John Street, Second Floor, Southport, CT 06890. New York office: 200 Park Avenue, Suite 1700, New York, NY 10166. Chicago office: 10 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1950, Chicago, IL 60606

    Phone number(s): (203) 319-4300 (Southport, CT); (646) 632-3751 (New York); (312) 629-2400 (Chicago)


    Top executive: Tom Hanley, co-founder, president and CEO

    Year established: 1980


    Square One Pharma

    Address: 6 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YE, U.K. Additional offices in Brussels, Belgium; Frankfurt; Paris; and Warsaw, Poland

    Phone number(s): +44 (0)20 7208 2828


    Top executives: Steve Walker, director and shareholder; Christine Sands, Pharma team leader

    Year established: 1995 (parent company Square One Resources); 2003 (Square One Pharma)


    Sterling-Hoffman Executive Search

    Address: 300 International Drive, Suite 100, Williamsville, NY 14221

    Phone number(s): (847) 756-7632


    Top executive: Angel Mehta, CEO

    Year established: 1997


    Craig Tanner & Associates

    Address: 993 South Santa Fe, Vista, CA 92083

    Phone numbers(s): (760) 598-3363


    Top executive: Craig Tanner, founder and CEO

    Year established: 1984


    Toft Group Executive Search

    Address: 12520 High Bluff Drive, Suite 150, San Diego, CA 92130. Additional offices in San Francisco, CA, and Cambridge, MA.

    Phone number(s): (925) 837-5800 (San Diego); (925) 837-5800 (San Francisco); (617) 459-4180 (Cambridge)


    Top executive: Robin Toft, president and CEO

    Year established: 2010



    Address: Headquarters: 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Suite 400, San Leandro, CA 94577

    Phone number(s): (510) 352-5000; (888) 874-6388


    Top executive: Burton M. Goldfield, president and CEO

    Year established: 1988


    Upsilon Global

    Address: 5th Floor Queensberry House, 106 Queens Road Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3XF, U.K.

    Phone number(s): + 44 (0)20 3875 9966


    Top executive: Ashley Swan, director

    Year established: 2016


    Vista Technology

    Address: 400 TradeCenter Suite 5900 Woburn MA 01801

    Phone number(s): (978) 686-2200


    Top executive: Rich Connors, recruiter/search consultant

    Year established: 1991


    Witt / Kieffer

    Address: 2015 Spring Road, Suite 510, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Additional offices: Atlanta; Burlington, MA; Emeryville, CA; Houston; Irvine, CA; Louisville, KY; New York; St. Louis; and Bethesda, MD. Additionally, the firm has consultants based in Austin, TX; Denver; Minneapolis; Nantucket, MA; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; and Westport, CT

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


    Top executive: Charles W.B. Wardell III, chair and CEO; Morten Nielsen, global managing director, life sciences practice

    Year established: 1969


    ZRG Partners

    Address: 365 West Passaic Street, Suite 465, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662. Additional locations: Atlanta; Boston; Chicago (Downtown); Chicago (Wheaton, IL); Dallas (Richardson, TX); Houston; Los Angeles (Irvine, CA); New York; Phoenix (Scottsdale, AZ); Salt Lake City; Seattle; Virginia (Purcellville, VA); Washington, DC; West Hartford, CT; Calgary, AB; Toronto; Rio de Janeiro; Sao Paolo; Frankfurt; Nyon, Switzerland; Shanghai; and Wanchai, Hong Kong

    Phone number(s): (201) 560-9900     


    Top executives: Larry Hartmann, CEO; Adam El Din, European president and global practice head of life sciences

    Year established: 1999


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