GenSearch – Talent for the Life Sciences

Executive Search & Talent Management

Senior consultants and researchers with different career paths in the Life Science industry and with a solid experience in executive search and can carry out your headhunting, coaching, assessment, talent acquisition or management assignments.

Latest News & Events

Building a European biotech business in a post-pandemic world

In a lively evening at the HealthTech Basel dinner hosted by GenSearch and PwC in October, guests heard from Dr. Sarah Holland, Chief Business Officer of VectivBio, and Orlando Oliveira, former SVP, Head of International at TESARO and Agios, about their experiences of building biotech businesses in Europe.

Recording: Webinar – 5 inspiring women share their backgrounds and experiences

GenSearch Forum, a new interactive online event open to all, has been created to share experiences and expertises of key players in the health industry.

Global Talent sourcing

We are an International Executive Search and HR services consultancy dedicated to the Life Sciences.

Our focus covers the Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical,  and Biotechnology industries.
We work with companies who are in different stages of their business lifecycle from small Biotechnology companies just starting out to large multinational healthcare companies.

We work closely with all of our clients to add value and performance to their business.
Our goal is to also help executives build a successful career in line with their aspirations and the market reality using our extensive sector knowledge

Europe is a candidate gold mine

If, for example, the largest market for pharmaceutical products today is the United States, Europe spends the equivalent amount every year in R&D, and the number of new chemical or biological entities created per year is similar.

As a result, there are approximately 700 000 people employed today in the pharmaceutical industry in Europe, with one of the largest proportions of executives and university graduates, from the most sought-after programmes.

The Medical Technology industry spans 4 distinct markets: medical devices, in vitro diagnostics, imaging equipment, and e-health. Europe represents a third of the world market and employs roughly 600 000 professionals, 95% of which work in SMEs. The market is consistently growing (4% per annum), because of its role in putting a brake on rising healthcare costs.

Most importantly, Medtech (Medical Technology) is the number one industry in Europe for innovation patents filed,  which is proof to the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as to the ground-breaking competencies that can be found in the Old Continent.

Case Study

Adapting sourcing to job description

For the creation of a new regional position, that of Patient Pathways Partnerships Manager, based at the headquarters of a leading global pharmaceutical firm, our client needed a complex mix of competencies and soft-skills. The search led us all the way to Canada to find the ideal candidate to fill this challenging position.

The position entailed working on patient pathways, integrating national specificities, and bringing stakeholders around a table of negotiation.

The role therefore needed:

  • Perfect understanding of varied healthcare systems
  • Aptitude for composing and promoting healthcare initiatives
  • Taste and talent for developing relationships at an elevated decision-making level
  • Strong project management skills

We presented a shortlist of 3 ideal candidates within 6 weeks, and the lucky candidate wasn’t from Europe, but a Canadian from the public healthcare system who best answered the pre-requisites for the job and convinced the Board. For us, it is once again proof that in a globalised world, local headhunting is restrictive, which is why we have an international team.