Niren Thanky


Office Location: London

Phone: +44 20 70754000

Niren Thanky is a Partner in Heidrick & Struggles' London office. He is a member of the global Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice, and serves as global co-leader of the Biopharmaceuticals Practice. Niren focuses on searches for senior executive leaders in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic and healthcare services sectors.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Niren was a consultant with an AIM listed executive search company where he helped build their life sciences practice. He has several years of pharmaceutical industry experience spanning strategic PR, marketing and discovery research. As a PR consultant at Chandler Chicco Agency (now part of the global inVentiv Health Group), he worked across several client-service teams, developing competitive product PR strategies for the top five global pharmaceutical companies. He was seconded to work at Merck Sharpe & Dohme, an international pharmaceutical company, to help launch a novel cholesterol-lowering drug in the UK market. Prior to working in PR, Niren was an associate scientist at the Infectious Disease Research Institute in Seattle, WA, US, where he worked on a novel discovery vaccine development program.


Niren holds a Wellcome Trust-funded PhD in infectious diseases and a BSc degree in biochemistry, both from Imperial College London. He is also an associate of the Royal College of Science.

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