A venture-backed gene synthesis company moving from research to order fulfillment requires an R&D leader with a heavy focus on product development to engineer quality, control, and scalability into processes for transfer to manufacturing.
Specific challenges: The business is based on novel ground-breaking technology that requires a leader able to apply best practices to new methods and deliverables. Very few scientists have direct commercial experience in this field and therefore the talent pool was limited.
Approach & Outcome: We focused on finding candidates who had experience in protein expression and new consumable technology development and a solid understanding of product development principles. We quickly narrowed in on the finalist who had an excellent molecular biology background along with experience managing product development focused R&D teams in a world-leading life sciences product supply company with several international sites. Since hiring him, the client has worked with us to complete two follow-on searches, for a Senior VP of Manufacturing and a Director of R&D.