June 16, 2020 – LifeSci Partners, a life-sciences focused consultancy, has launched LS Associates, a global consulting service designed to provide companies with on demand C-suite leadership to flexibly and economically meet the strategic business needs of companies.
LS Associates leverages the expertise and network of the larger LifeSci Partners platform to deliver targeted and talented executives with relevant industry and subject matter expertise to companies at any stage of growth and transition, said the firm. The LS Associates “executive-as-a-service” model will enable customizable access to talent in a cost-effective manner to provide trusted guidance through strategic milestones and evolving corporate needs.
“LS Associates will leverage the unmatched global network and expertise of LifeSci Partners to deliver talented executives to help companies achieve their immediate goals while remaining well positioned for long-term success,” said Andrew McDonald, founding partner at LifeSci Partners. “Our on-demand approach is uniquely designed to tap into the LifeSci network to deliver high quality executives with industry and subject matter expertise that enable the execution of our clients’ strategic goals; navigating market conditions; executing diverse capital transactions; and building credibility and relationships among the investment community. Our network of leaders provides immediate expertise and importantly, customizable support tailored to meet the ever-changing growth, complexity and needs of our clients.”
Joining LS Associates will be managing director Scott Janssen, who brings a track record with high growth private and public companies. Mr. Janssen has over 25 years of accounting, finance and operational experience in the life sciences and technology space. Most recently, he served as managing director of the Connor Group, where he provided consulting services to clients, supporting their high growth and change management needs including numerous IPOs and public company transition engagements. Prior to that, he has served as CFO, CAO and VP of finance at several private venture-funded companies. Earlier in his career he was an auditor with Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton. Mr. Janssen holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from UCLA.
Deep Domain Expertise
“We are thrilled to be launching a C-level advisory service which we believe is the ideal next step to complement and expand LifeSci Partners’ broad range of services which includes investor relations, executive search, strategic partnering and analytics, public relations, and capital markets advisory,” said Mr. Janssen. “We are confident that our LS Associates platform will provide accessible, cost-effective solutions to support our clients’ strategic vision and tactical execution.”
LifeSci Partners is the leading provider of global consulting services in the areas of investor relations, public relations, executive search and capital markets advisory. LifeSci combines deep domain expertise in the life sciences with decades of experience in capital markets and corporate communications.
This spring, LifeSci Partners’ life sciences-focused executive search division, LifeSci Search, opened a new office in San Francisco. The location is led by managing partner Elena Liapounova.
“Having a presence in San Francisco gives us an opportunity to provide a more personalized approach to clients on the West Coast,” said Andrew Cronin, president and co-founder of LifeSci Search. “We feel it is important to have people based in the geographies we cover so our clients know exactly who they are working with. In the coming months we also plan to hire consultants in the LifeSci Partners offices across Europe, APAC and Israel.”
As part of the same announcement, LifeSci Search said the firm also expanded its digital health, AI healthcare and medical technology expertise with the additions of Erin Crider and Micaela Sigel. Both have more than a decade of experience and will bolster the firm’s ability to place C-suite executives and board members.
“As health technology and AI become increasingly important tools in drug discovery and development as well as improving disease diagnosis and treatment, we felt it was critical to expand our expertise and reach into this field,” said Matt Toner, CEO and co-founder of LifeSci Search. “With these new hires LifeSci Search has some of the most respected search consultants focused on executing and finding the best talent within medical technology, digital health and healthcare AI.”
Ms. Crider joins LifeSci Search from global technology and healthcare executive search firm Talent International, where she was an associate director. She has seven years of executive search experience working with start-ups and VC funds focused on emerging technology and new solutions in AI, digital health and medical technology. Ms. Sigel most recently served as a principal recruitment consultant at life sciences-focused executive search firm EPM Scientific.
LifeSci Search operates exclusively in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare sectors. LifeSci Search leverages domain expertise, deep client relationships, and a client-as-partner approach to fully understand and execute C-Suite assignments for each client company. The firm offers bespoke recruitment solutions leveraging its research and data analytics resources with global relationships to deliver strategic candidate identification and assessment with a seamless, high touch search process.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media