December 4, 2018 – Frazier Healthcare Partners has expanded with the addition of veteran executive search consultant Mimi Hancock to its life sciences team. She will be a senior advisor, assisting with attracting top talent for Frazier companies.
“We are very excited to have someone of Mimi’s caliber join us to assist with the recruitment of top leadership talent to our portfolio companies,” said Patrick Heron, managing general partner with the Frazier life sciences team. “She brings not only a great Rolodex from her search experience, but also a scientific depth and entrepreneurial history that will allow her to work effectively with start-up teams.”
The Frazier life sciences team targets two-thirds of its investments in company creation and early-stage opportunities, where building a top leadership team is critical. Dr. Hancock, who holds a doctorate in genetics, has over 20 years of experience in the executive search industry.
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Prior to joining Frazier, Dr. Hancock was a member of Spencer Stuart’s life sciences practice. Her executive search experience included assignments for organizations ranging from emerging life sciences companies to multinational biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical technology firms. At Spencer Stuart, Dr. Hancock executed searches for board members, senior executives in general management and R&D, and a variety of commercial, finance and business development positions.
Prior to joining the executive search industry, Dr. Hancock served as vice president of operations and co-founder at Avigen, a start-up gene therapy company. Before that, she was the director of cell biology at Somatix Therapy Corp., a publicly-held gene therapy company. Earlier in her career, she worked at Triton Biosciences, where she conducted pioneering research on a novel therapeutic approach targeting the Her2 protein in breast and ovarian cancer. She began her career in healthcare with Peralta Cancer Research Institute as a staff scientist, and previously served on the board of directors of Bionovo, a public company developing novel therapeutics for breast cancer and women’s health.
Founded in 1991, Frazier Healthcare Partners is a provider of growth and venture capital to healthcare companies. With nearly $4.2 billion total capital raised, Frazier has invested in over 170 companies, with investment types ranging from company creation and venture capital to buyouts of profitable lower-middle market companies. The life sciences team invests in therapeutics and related areas that are addressing unmet medical needs through innovation. Frazier has offices in Seattle, WA and Menlo Park, CA, and invests broadly across the U.S., Canada and Europe.
As the healthcare industry continues its transformation, talent management remains a high priority. The shortage of physicians and other clinicians is one matter. But healthcare organizations must also fill new and expanding leadership roles to carry out strategic initiatives in response to reform efforts and whatever changes are coming. This has produced a high demand for top-notch leaders in the sector – and executive recruiters who can land them.
While executive search firms have stepped up in recent months placing numerous leaders at various healthcare organizations, recruiting firms have also bulked up their respective healthcare practices. Here is a sampling from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Nashville, TN-based the Human Capital Group expanded with the addition of healthcare veteran Paul Cleckner as managing director. Mr. Cleckner brings more than 25 years of senior operating and leadership experience in healthcare and technology. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Saint Thomas Health.
Quick Leonard Kieffer announced a new of counsel relationship with H. Stephen Lieber. He will be assisting with executive search and client consulting, with a special emphasis on the healthcare association and professional society arenas, as well as the information and digital technology industry sectors.
Consultants from three executive search firms have joined forces to launch a new search platform, HealthSearch Partners, specializing in identifying and placing transformational, mission-minded CEOs and senior leaders in healthcare systems. HealthSearch Partners combines CES Executive Search, FaithSearch Partners and Southerland Partners.
Cejka Executive Search, a specialist recruiter serving the healthcare space, recently expanded with the addition of Mark Madden as executive vice president, managing principal, to lead executive search services for senior healthcare executive positions. Previously, Mr. Madden spent more than seven years with B.E. Smith serving as SVP of executive search.
Chicago-based TalentRISE expanded with the addition of Kathleen Murphy as managing director, healthcare and life sciences. Since 2010, Ms. Murphy has served as director of executive recruiting at Huron Consulting Group, a business consulting firm serving the healthcare, life sciences, higher education and other commercial markets.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media