Life Sciences And Healthcare Placement Success

Jan 6, 2021

ON Partners consultants had a busy 2020 with high-level executive life sciences and healthcare placements across a wide range of organizations, including AspenTechGilead, Rebus Biosystems, Sangamo TherapeuticsThermo Fisher Scientific and more. In addition to an active year in this sector, ON Partners was included in Hunt Scanlon’s first-ever Top 50 Healthcare and Life Sciences Search Firm ranking.

Notes ON’s Steve Cornacchia, “Over the past several months, we found ourselves quickly pivoting alongside our clients in order to respond to market challenges the pandemic brought to the healthcare industry and the country. We moved into functions and spaces to help support clients that were suddenly in the epicenter of helping the nation, having to quickly ramp up to manufacture and distribute tests and initialize potential novel therapies to fight the virus. We also worked with clients whose businesses were suddenly heavily impacted by challenges to our hospital infrastructure and sidelining of the non-COVID related therapies, products and services that they market.”

Notes ON’s Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D. about how the pandemic has impacted the sector, “Many clients have shared that they initiated new programs or pivoted from non-infectious disease programs to help with virus detection, therapeutics or vaccines. This brings a few advantages – one is to do their part to contribute scientifically to advance the science around the virus and disease and the second is to raise awareness of the company and platform technologies which will help when extended to other diseases.”

2020 Best Of Life Sciences & Healthcare Successful Placements


We believe a better executive search experience matters, and that experience starts with expert, tenured specialists.  We’ve been serving the healthcare and life sciences sector since our inception in 2006. Our expert consultants bring substantial recruiting and operating experience with a solid understanding of what creates successful, effective leaders in this highly regulated and demanding scientific space. Learn more about our life sciences and healthcare executive search services here.

Highlights of life sciences and healthcare placements during 2020 include:

AspenTechSVP Pharmaceuticals

ON consultant: Steve Cornacchia

Embedding artificial intelligence (AI) throughout industrial manufacturing environments, AspenTech’s software helps the world’s largest oil and gas, chemical and engineering companies achieve their goals in safety, sustainability and operational performance.

BioNano Genomics – Chief Financial Officer

ON consultant: Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D.

Bionano is a genome analysis company providing tools and services based on its Saphyr system to scientists and clinicians conducting genetic research and patient testing, and providing diagnostic testing for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities through its Lineagen business. 

BlackThorn Therapeutics – VP Clinical Development

ON consultant: Steve Cornacchia

BlackThorn Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of targeted medicines for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) disorders.

Gilead Sciences – Senior Vice President, Biology & Vice President Research, Oncology

ON consultant: Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D.

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. 

ImmunoScape – Chief Business Officer

ON consultant: Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D.

ImmunoScape intends to transform the development of next-generation immunotherapies by building long-term relationships with their partners to provide deep Immunological Insights advancing the clinical translation of development efforts.

Rebus Biosystems – Chief Executive Officer and Chief Commercial Officer

ON consultant: Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D.

Rebus Biosystems, Inc. is a life science technology company building innovative tools to enable spatial omics without compromise. The company’s automated spatial omics solution, which provides subcellular resolution of biological molecules directly in and across large tissue sections, is enabled by the combination of patented Synthetic Aperture Optics with custom microfluidics and image processing. 

SOC Telemed – Chief Medical Officer

ON consultant: Steve Cornacchia

SOC Telemed (SOC) is one of the largest national providers of telemedicine technology and solutions to hospitals, health systems, post-acute providers, physician networks, and value-based care organizations.

Sangamo Therapeutics – VP Genome Engineering

ON consultant: Steve Cornacchia

Sangamo Therapeutics is committed to translating groundbreaking science into genomic medicines with the potential to transform patients’ lives using gene therapy, ex vivo gene-edited cell therapy, and in vivo genome editing and genome regulation. 

Thermo Fisher Scientific – Vice President, Digital Engineering

ON consultant: Steve Cornacchia

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $25 billion through industry-leading brands, including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. 

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