Life Sciences & Healthcare: ON’s Successful Executive Placements in H2 2021

Jan 22, 2022

ON Partners highlights life sciences and healthcare executive placements for the second half of 2021

During the second half of 2021, ON Partners consultants made high-level executive life sciences and healthcare placements across a wide range of organizations, including Apton Bio, McKesson, Quantum Health, and Thermo Fisher. 

The practice saw 41% growth over the past year, and for the third year in a row, ON Partners was ranked by Hunt Scanlon in its Top 50 Healthcare and Life Sciences Search Firms. 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. 

“Demand for talent continues to be off the charts, with candidates juggling multiple offers,” noted partner Steve Cornacchia. “We’re counseling our hiring clients to move more quickly than they may be used to, and they are using stock and RSU packages to retain top performers while also reviewing base and bonus plans in light of the hot market demand.”

“Whether it’s attributed to pent-up demand post-COVID or a strong market driving IPO activity and venture/PE dollars into life sciences, the demand for talent is unprecedented right now. One client likened it to the dotcom frenzy in 2000,” noted partner Steve Cornacchia. “We’re seeing many candidates with multiple job offers even if they were initially passive when first approached, and we’re counseling clients to move fast and feel comfortable landing a candidate sooner than they may usually have planned to make a decision on the candidate pool.

Added partner Suzanne Zebedee, “Companies are working to retain employees through stock and RSU packages while making sure their base and bonu



Highlights of ON life sciences and healthcare placements during the first half of 2021 include:

Apton Bio – CEO

Apton Biosystems has re-imagined the optical systems for sequencing and protein detection using super-resolution to evaluate molecules spaced closer than a wavelength of light.

Cato SMS – SVP, Biometrics

CATO SMS, formed by the merger of CATO Research and SMS-oncology, delivers innovative regulatory consulting solutions to guide you through the most complex regulatory challenges. Its expert teams effectively design and execute clinical trials — from strategy to approval — in complex indications and modalities across a variety of therapeutic areas, with a proven center of excellence in oncology.

Greenlight Guru – CTO

Greenlight Guru is the only quality management software designed specifically for the medical device industry. 

Lantheus Medical Imaging – VP, Business Development

Lantheus develops, manufactures and commercializes essential diagnostic imaging agents and products that help healthcare professionals identify disease and improve patient treatment and care.

McKesson Corporation – Chief IT Officer for Ontada

McKesson Corporation distributes pharmaceuticals and provides health information technology, medical supplies and care management tools. The company delivers a third of all pharmaceuticals used in North America and employs over 78,000 employees.

Neumora Therapeutics – SVP, Finance/CAO

Neumora Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company pioneering precision medicines for brain diseases through the integration of data science and neuroscience. 

PYC Therapeutics – Head of Development, US

YC Therapeutics (ASX: PYC) is a development-stage biotechnology company pioneering a new generation of RNA therapeutics that utilize PYC’s proprietary library of naturally derived cell penetrating peptides to overcome the major challenges of current genetic medicines.

Quantum Health – CIO

Quantum Health is an award-winning consumer healthcare navigation company that offers coverage, claims eligibility and provider selection, decision support services, care coordination, pre-certification and UR, case management, and health coaching – enabling employers to achieve industry-leading satisfaction rates and independently validated claim savings.

RxBenefits – CTO

RxBenefits is a technology-enabled pharmacy benefits optimizer (PBO) with more than 500 pharmacy pricing, data, and clinical experts working together to deliver prescription benefit savings to employee benefit consultants and their self-insured clients.

Thermo Fisher Scientific – VP, Sales Clinical Next Generations Sequencing

Enabling customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with annual revenue exceeding $30 billion. Its global team of more than 80,000 colleagues delivers an unrivaled combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and pharmaceutical services through industry-leading brands including Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific, Unity Lab Services and Patheon. 

View more life sciences and healthcare placements by ON here.

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