August 13, 2009 – Cook Associates Executive Search has launched a new life sciences practice and appointed Elizabeth McCabe to serve as its managing director. Ms. McCabe joins the firm’s NYC office. She has 14 years of senior-level executive search experience with 10 years focused specifically in the life sciences industry, conducting C-level, general management searches, as well as functional head of R&D, sales, marketing, and business development for American and European pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies. Prior to joining Cook Associates, she served as a partner at a boutique search firm Heritage Partners International, where she conducted searches for rapidly evolving companies in the biopharma, specialty pharma and diagnostics sectors and expanded the firm’s relationships with the venture capital community. Prior to that, she held recruiting positions at Essex Woodlands Health Ventures, Hunt Howe Partners and Heidrick & Struggles. “I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth has joined our company as managing director of our new life sciences practice. She brings a wealth of experience and a diverse client base, consisting of global multinationals, as well as the portfolio companies of venture capital and private equity firms. Her arrival bolsters Cook’s already robust healthcare practice and will greatly enhance the value we provide to our clients. Despite this challenging economy within the search industry, we are completely committed to expanding the life sciences practice, as well as the other industries in which we specialize,” said John Kins, chairman and CEO. Founded in 1961, Cook Associates is a retained executive search and M&A advisory services firm.