2020 Top Healthcare And Life Sciences Search Firm

Mar 15, 2021

ON Partners named to the 2020 Top 50 Healthcare & Life Sciences Search Firm ranking for the second year in a row by Hunt Scanlon Media



March 2021 – ON Partners, the experience-driven retained executive search firm is proud to be ranked in the Top 50 Healthcare and Life Sciences Search Firm list for the second year in a row.  This ‘Top 50’ ranking of specialist search firms dedicated to these two powerful sectors is presented by market research firm Hunt Scanlon.

ON Partners consultants had a busy 2020 with high-level executive life sciences and healthcare placements across a wide range of organizations, including AspenTech, GileadRebus BiosystemsSangamo TherapeuticsThermo Fisher Scientific, and more. We believe a better executive search experience matters, and that experience starts with expert, tenured specialists.  Suzanne Zebedee, Ph.D. and Steve Cornacchia are leading partners and expert consultants within the ON Partners’ healthcare and life sciences practice.

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.”

These expert consultants bring substantial recruiting and operating experience from the life sciences and healthcare industry. Their expertise strengthens our solid understanding of what creates successful, effective leaders in this highly regulated and demanding scientific space.

We have a successful track record of placing executives across a breadth of corporate, commercial, research, and development functions. We have experience recruiting for companies across all development stages from large multinationals to early-stage venture-backed companies, including the following sectors:


  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Diagnostics / Life Sciences Tools
  • Digital Health
  • Medical Devices
  • Healthcare Services

Learn more about our life sciences and healthcare executive search services.

The Life Sciences and Healthcare ranking is the latest of several accolades ON Partners has received in the past year. Inc. magazine revealed that ON Partners is No. 3212 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the seventh time ON Partners has been ranked on the Inc. 5000 list. Once again ON Partners was named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms. The firm was ranked 17th in Hunt Scanlon’s annual roundup of the top 50 recruiters in the Americas based on revenue – the highest organic growth rate among the nation’s top 20 executive search firms and outpacing the annual industry average. In addition, ON Partners is proud to be named to Hunt Scanlon’s Private Equity Recruiting Power 75 list that encompasses the nation’s leading executive search firms driving leadership results in the private equity sector.  Hunt Scanlon also ranked ON Partners to its first annual HR/Diversity Power 65 Recruiting list, its Cyber Technology Top 40 list encompassing the leading executive search firms dedicated to cybersecurity and technology, and its New York Power 60 list which encompasses the leading executive search firms driving leadership results in the New York market.


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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 nine times, ON Partners is consistently ranked among the top 20 retained executive search firms in the U.S.

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