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March 30, 2015

40 Biotech and Biopharma Recruiters

These Headhunters Can Help You Find a Good Job

40 Biotech and Biopharma Recruiters

Whether you’re looking for a job, or looking for someone to fill a job, recruitment firms specializing in biopharma hires may be able to help. [© auremar/Fotolia.com]

  • Even with all the layoffs resulting from mergers and acquisitions, overall hiring in biopharma is projected to grow this year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a rosier forecast depending on the position, projecting growth through 2022 of between 9% (for chemical technicians) and 41% (for genetic counselors). Trends like these should mean more work for biopharma recruiters, who match employers with job candidates in significant portions of the industry.

    Following is a list of 40 recruiters for biotechnology and pharmaceutical positions, unranked and listed in alphabetical order. That’s up from 24 firms in GEN’s 2013 List, and 32 such firms in last year’s List. 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 established. 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.

  • 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

    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.

    Website: www.advancedclinical.com

    Top executive: Leo Sheridan, CEO and president

    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, 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): (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, president and founder

    Year established: 1996

  • BattaliaWinston

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

  • Bio-Partners and Lennon Search Associates

    Address: 611 W. Union St., Morganton, NC. 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 bioinformatics, biopharmaceutical, 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. Also specializes in 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, 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 Dr, Suite 135, San Diego, CA 92121; 401 East Ocean Blvd, Suite 510, Long Beach, CA 90802; 1255 Treat Blvd, Suite 308, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

    Phone number(s): San Diego—(858) 552-2000; Long Beach—(562) 495-3200; Walnut Creek—(925) 472-6636

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

    Phone number(s): (415) 777-2422

    Services: Retained executive search services firm focused 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, svp, Biopharmaceutical Practice leader, based in San Francisco

    Year established: 1985

  • BLG Executive Search

    Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 54 60325 Frankfurt am Main. Additional offices in Zug, Switzerland; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands (following acquisition of HealthyCareers in January 2015)

    Phone number: +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 executives: Pim van de Riet, managing director and chairman of the board

    Year established: 2011

  • The Bowdoin Group

    Address: 40 William Street, Wellesley, MA 02481; 120 E. 23rd Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017
    Phone number(s): (781) 263-5200; New York—(646) 568-3250

    Services: Full-time hiring practice with a focus on mid- to executive-level positions in life sciences and other practice areas. Focus on finding highly specialized executives and building out teams of scientists, medical affairs, manufacturing, operations and sales professionals.

    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/pharmaceutical-it-staffing

    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

  • 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.

    Website: www.criticalpathinc.net

    Top executive: Karen Baldwin, president

    Year established: 1995

  • Double-Helix

    Address: 1296 Mayette Ave., San Jose, CA 95125

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

    Services: Provides technology, staffing, and security advisory services and resources tailored to meet the needs of growing personalized medicine and life-science companies.

    Website: www.double-helix.com

    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

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

    Website: www.dunneandassociates.net

    Top executives: Vincent Dunne, president; Aaron AuBuchon, partner

    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. Areas of focus include bioanalysis/bioanalytical, clinical pharmacology, drug metabolism/DMPK, pharmacokinetics, pharmacology-in vitro/in vivo, pharmacometrics, preclinical development, and toxicology.

    Website: www.greylock-recruiting.com

    Top executive: T.J. Elder, principal

    Year established: 2007

  • HireLifeScience.com

    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.

    Website: www.hirelifescience.com

    Top executive: Rob Masterson, president

    Year established: 2004

  • HireMinds

    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.

    Website: www.hireminds.com

    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: Recruit professional staff for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, biotechnical, healthcare, and medical device industries as well as information technology professionals for all business areas. Provide companies with personnel to fill positions that include biostatisticians, clinical development, computational biologists, drug safety, epidemiologists, HEOR Specialists, medical directors, directors of pharmacoepidemiology, and pharmacovigilance, statisticians.

    Website: www.jaexecutivesearch.com

    Top executive: Joe Nakelski, president

    Year established: 1986

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