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Insight & Intelligence™: Mar 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/]

    K2 Executive Search

    Address: 6088 Royal Birkdale Drive, #1700, Lake Worth, FL 33463

    Phone number(s): (202) 465-4792

    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

    Year established: 2000 

    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 number(s): U.S.: (248) 362-4444; Singapore: +656709 3388;  Switzerland: +4132 737 18

    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): (714) 944-9231

    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

    Lab Support, A Division of On Assignment

    Address: 26745 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas, CA 91301; 31 additional U.S. offices; eight offices and one additional location outside the U.S.

    Phone number(s): (800) 536-3293

    Services: Focuses on placing science, engineering, and preclinical professionals in contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire opportunities; positions include biochemists, biologists, chemists, clinical research associates, data managers, design engineers, environmental scientists, food scientists, lab assistants, molecular biologists, microbiologists, QA/QC technicians, regulatory affairs specialists, and validation engineers.


    Top executive: Peter Dameris, president and CEO

    Year established: 1985

    Life Science Partner

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

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

    Services: National recruiting firm providing executive search and consulting services designed to meet the needs of life sciences and healthcare organizations.


    Top executives: Thomas H. Callaway, M.D., founder and president; Katie Barton, vp, client relations and business development

    Year established: Year unavailable

    Life Science Search Partners

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

    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

    Services: Executive search firm providing staffing solutionsfor 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 (HTS); microarray; instrumentation; bioinformatics; image analysis equipment; lab supplies.


    Top executive: Glenn A. Davis, president/CEO

    Year established: 2002


    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 focuses on staffing solutions for the life sciences industry designed to be comprehensive, flexible, and cost-effective.


    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: 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

    On Assignment

    Address: 26745 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas, CA 91301

    Phone number(s): (818) 878-7900

    Services: Provides life sciences staffing service offerings through two divisions: Lab Support, and Valesta Clinical Research Solutions (See separate listings for both).


    Top executive: Peter T. Dameris, president and CEO

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

    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 and reimbursement, produce development, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, safety, and toxicology. Firm also fills positions in nontechnical areas that include alliance management, business development, intellectual property, marketing, government affairs, and public/investor relations.


    Top executive: Clare Powell, founder

    Year established: 2008

    Randstad Pharma

    Address: Headquarters: Four Parkway North, Suite 120, Deerfield, IL 60015; Additional offices in Philadelphia, Burlingame, CA; and Woburn, MA

    Phone number(s): (877) 335-8210

    Services: Matching professionals with career opportunities at the world's leading biopharma and life science companies for more than 20 years; Staffing services encompass specific areas of clinical research and development, including clinical operations, pharmacovigilance, medical writing, clinical IT, biometrics, regulatory affairs, and much more.


    Top executive: Greg Coir, president, Randstad Pharma and evp of Randstad's Pharma and Life Sciences Division

    Year established: 1996

    Reaction Search International

    Address: 5000 Executive Parkway, Suite 450, San Ramon, CA 94583; 45 additional U.S. locations, and nine additional locations outside the U.S.

    Phone number(s): (925) 275-0727

    Services: Executive recruitment firm placing candidates in biotechnology among a dozen functional practice areas. Positions placed have included biostatistics and clinical data management, board search, CEO, CBO, CFO, CMO, chemistry (analytical/bio-analytical/organic), clinical pharmacology, clinical research, drug metabolism and pharmacokinetics, drug discovery, IT and laboratory automation, manufacturing and engineering, medical affairs, pathology and toxicology, process and product development, project management, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, sales, vp-clinical development.


    Top executive: Robert Boroff, managing director

    Year established: 1995

    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 unavailable

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

    Scientific Search

    Address: 101 East Gate Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034; Additional offices in Fort Washington, PA; Hoboken, NJ; and Fairfax, VA

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

    Services: Full-service employment agency offering multiple staffing options for professionals, with specialties in pharmaceutical and biotechnology as well as other industries, placing candidates all in positions across the U.S.


    Top executive: Joseph Peters, president

    Year established: 1983

    Shaw Associates

    Address: 11182 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, clinical research, manufacturing, product development, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, technical services, and validation. Firm does not focus on sales specialties.


    Top executive: A. Gregory Shaw, president

    Year established: 1995

    Simply Biotech

    Address: 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92127

    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

    The Swan Group

    Address: 35 West High Street Somerville, NJ 08876; Also has an office in Buckingham, PA

    Phone number(s): (908) 526-5440; (215) 230-9612

    Services: Professional staffing firm specializing in high-level information technology placement within the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and consumer products industries.


    Top executives: Barbara Swan, founder and president (Buckingham, PA); Steven Swan, technology recruiter (Somerville, NJ)

    Year established: 1983

    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, as well as consumer goods companies.


    Top executive: Craig Tanner, founder and CEO

    Year established: 1984

    Valesta Clinical Research Solutions, a Division of On Assignment

    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 positions in life sciences, as well as in healthcare and technology; Places candidates in functional outsourcing, contract, contract-to-hire, and direct hire opportunities. Focuses on staffing throughout every phase of clinical trials, including professionals in biostatistics, clinical data management, clinical operations, clinical systems, compliance, medical affairs, QA/QC, regulatory affairs, R&D, SAS/statistical programming, and validation.


    Top executive: Peter Dameris, president and CEO

    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; Stamford, CT; 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, global life sciences practice

    Year established: 1969

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