Case Study: Executive Search for a Senior Director of R&D for Mid-sized Biotech

At a Glance.

A biotech based in San Diego, CA develops novel therapeutics for targeted and systemic conditions within endocrinology. Alongside this, they are developing and have patented a greenfield oral delivery device for these therapeutics.

Case Study: Executive Search for a Senior Director of R&D for Mid-sized Biotech

The Case.

Our client was utilising LinkedIn advertisements and 3 recruitment agencies to find new talent. However, they weren't having any success with senior specialised hires in R&D (drug development) and Device Engineering. 

At the start of the engagement, the company had been struggling to hire a Senior Director, R&D with experience in Toxicology based in San Diego. It was important to them to hire individuals on-site in San Diego for between 2-5 days per week.

i-Pharm was tasked with completing the search and sourcing a Senior Director, R&D to oversee the development of drug substances and products.

In addition, we were engaged to build out specific areas of the Senior Leadership Team – SVP and C-Level, help scale the Engineering and Device business unit with on-site personnel. and support in scaling the Regulatory & Quality divisions with San Diego-based personnel.

The Solution.

  • Meet with the company to outline the business growth objectives across 2022.
  • Create a timeline to identify when hires would need to be made and in what areas.
  • Map the specific talent and skillsets within San Diego, whether in competitors or similar businesses.
  • Created 2 round interview process with the company (Zoom and On-Site meetings).
  • Identify exceptional talent in shortlists and bring them to the attention of the client. 

The Outcome.

Made a number of critical hires into the business across 2022 and 2023:

  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Senior Director, R&D & Toxicology
  • Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
  • Senior Director, Program Management
  • Director, Quality Management Systems
  • Associate Director, Device Engineering
  • Senior Software Engineers
Quotation Marks
i-Pharm Consulting had strong conversion rate and we would be happy to recommend i-Pharm Consulting.
Mid-sized Biotech