Research and Development

Part of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, Heidrick & Struggles’ Research and; Development team is comprised of experts with significant experience in recruiting high-performing R&D and medical/science leadership for clients for large and specialty pharma companies, biotech, contract research providers and research institutes. Many of our consultants hold academic degrees in medicine and related subjects, and have worked in the industry for many years.

We believe that difficult questions must be addressed around the current R&D leadership in place, as well as the profile of the next generation of leaders required to successfully drive this change:

  • How should R&D success be defined beyond the “blockbuster” model?
  • What are the hallmarks of a successful R&D organization and culture? How do we compare?
  • How do we develop the R&D leaders of tomorrow?

Our work encompasses traditional roles in drug discovery and development, clinical strategy and operations, medical affairs, drug safety and compliance, quality and regulatory, as well as upcoming functions in translational and quantitative sciences, personalized medicine and genetics. We also specialize in senior R&D leadership roles including Chief Scientific Officer, Chief Medical Officer, Head of Discovery Research, Head of Clinical Development and Head of Regulatory.

Our team is particularly strong in emerging markets, with one-third of our assignments in R&D coming from the emerging economies of Asia, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. We focus on the importance of client culture and context when helping clients build high-performance R&D leadership teams.

We develop a deep understanding of key leadership trends in R&D and medical leadership through proprietary surveys and proactive talent mapping projects. This rigor in data generation and analysis is supplemented by direct conversations with industry leaders on a wide range of topics.



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