December 9, 2020 – Life sciences search specialist Coulter Partners has formed a partnership with BioInnovation Institute (BII), the international incubator in Denmark for research-based innovation and entrepreneurship. The firm has been engaged to provide support for BII across three workstreams: providing assessment, coaching and development for the CEOs of start-up businesses in BII’s portfolio under the Creation House program; hiring chairs and board directors to support these businesses; and conducting executive search for their portfolio companies where needed.
“We have a history of two decades working with entrepreneurial leaders and their boards, and it is a real pleasure to be bringing our learning, global perspective and advice to BII, its exciting companies and partners,” said Bianca Coulter, CEO of Coulter Partners.
“Finding experienced biotech executives to work with our start-ups is critical for success,” said Bobby Soni, chief business officer at BioInnovation Institute. “We are pleased to partner with Coulter Partners, a leader in life science executive search, to provide search and leadership development to our start-ups. They bring the needed experience in building early-stage, VC-backed teams to BII start-ups.”
Building the right team is a crucial component for start-up success and one of the most challenging components to get right, said Giles Dudley, senior business developer at BII. “It is our pleasure to work with Coulter Partners as part of the BII programs, where they will use their deep industry expertise and global networks for talent attraction and board and senior-level global executive search to help BII start-ups innovate, evolve, adapt and compete,” he said.
“We are really pleased to be working with such a forward-looking organization as BioInnovation Institute, who are supporting the advancement of leading-edge scientific programs in their transition from research to realization,” said Geoff Dobson, director at Coulter Partners. “This is a fantastic opportunity to help enable the development of a new generation of life science industry leaders.”
BioInnovation Institute has 2,300 square meter advanced lab and office facilities, bringing together entrepreneurial researchers and company creators from different disciplines. The organization provides business acceleration program, commercial support, funding opportunities and access to high-level mentoring and networks; extensive start-up support that through the partnership with Coulter Partners, BII said it looks forward to building further.
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Coulter Partners is a board and senior-level global executive search specialist focused exclusively on life sciences. The firm works closely with those at the cutting edge of innovation in the industry to understand their challenges. With an extensive global network and expertise gained over 25 years in the sector, Coulter Partners have become trusted advisers on leadership in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, diagnostics, health tech, CRO and services sectors. The firm also works closely with the global investor community, hiring for their own teams as well as building the boards and executive leadership teams of their portfolio companies. Its team of 95 completes over 260 assignments a year working from 14 offices across the U.K., EMEA, the U.S. and APAC.
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Ms. Coulter founded Coulter Partners in 2003 and has 25 years’ experience of board and C-level global search, building the leadership teams of early stage, mid cap and global multinationals in over 20 countries. Through appointing the best leadership, Ms. Coulter channels her judgement and considerable expertise to impact patient benefit and assist those at the cutting edge of life science to achieve their goals.
“The life sciences sector in the U.K. continues to see growth across the board and not only in the major hubs of London, Cambridge and Oxford,” said Joe Coulter, COO of Coulter Partners. “Strong leadership to make an impact in this innovative industry continues to be in huge demand and we do not predict this will change in the foreseeable future. The sector has adapted like others to remote work practices and recruitment continues apace, with virtual onboarding just one of the many innovations that have been adopted.”
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