Research and Development Executive Search Firm.

Discover Why ON Partners is the leading Research + Development Executive Search Firm.

Why ON Partners is the leading research and development executive recruiting firm in North America.

We have successfully placed numerous research and development leaders, primarily for the life sciences industry. Our consultants specialize in addressing global development and commercial challenges for emerging life sciences and healthcare companies, as well as large multinational biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, and medical device companies. We work with public companies, private businesses and growing, VC-backed life sciences organizations to fill the following roles:

  • Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
  • Research
  • Clinical Development + Medical Affairs
  • Business Development
  • Innovation
  • Clinical Affairs

ON Partners is consistently ranked as a prominent executive search firm in Life Sciences and Healthcare.

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Why we’re the top research and development executive search firm.

As a retained executive search firm ranked in the Forbes Top 50 list, we partner with clients to attract and deliver top research and development talent. Our partners have worked with over 100 organizations, from early-stage companies to global, Fortune 500 brands. Our extensive network and candidate pool gives us access to today’s best-equipped leaders to meet your challenges.

Our consultants can identify agile, insightful and forward-thinking R&D leaders to propel your organization forward.

How we approach research and development executive search:

Our approach is untraditional – by choice. We got rid of what wasn’t working (unnecessary layers, outdated practices, cookie-cutter solutions) and envisioned a firm made up of partners without limits.

Our partners are less limited in what types of companies and candidates they can work with or how they grow their practices. Each of our partners brings specialized expertise across industries and functions at the C-level and board.

Think of our partners as a team of MVPs who are free to build their own portfolios and team up to give you the best combination of marketplace expertise, prioritized consulting and a wider range of candidate networks.

The result is untraditional, original executive search. That works.

About ON Partners

Since 2006, ON Partners is the only pure-play executive search firm building diverse C-level and board leadership teams. We rebuilt the institution of executive search for the way you work. Our approach includes present partners who engage with their clients from the first brief to the final decision, individually crafted solutions that are unique to each client, and an easier experience all around. Named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms and to the Inc. 500/5000 Lists eight times, ON Partners is consistently ranked among the top 20 retained executive search firms in the U.S.

Untraditional by Choice. Original by Design. Since 2006.

Executive search for the way you work.

Our approach is untraditional – by choice. We got rid of what wasn’t working (unnecessary layers, outdated practices, cookie-cutter solutions) and envisioned a firm made up of partners without limits.

Our partners are less limited in what types of companies and candidates they can work with or how they grow their practices. Each of our partners brings specialized expertise across industries and functions at the C-level and board.