R&D and the sciences are the fundamental building blocks of any successful life sciences organization. Our recruiters have decades of dedicated experience partnering with these extraordinary scientists, who have discovered so many critical treatments.

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Dedicated Expertise

Our practice leader built their foundation in the sciences and has a true appreciation for these exceptional individuals.

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Diverse Functional Experience

Our experience spans research & discovery, biology, pharmacology, translational research, biomarkers, data sciences, bioinformatics, preclinical and genomics.

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Proven Global Experience

Our practice has led searches in the US and globally from the CSO through staff scientist level for Big Pharma, mid-sized companies, biotech and start-ups.

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Passion for Driving Science

An Unwavering Commitment
to Finding Scientific Talent

Cornerstone’s R&D/Sciences practice leader grew up loving science. They built this foundation through their education and have ultimately dedicated their career to finding the right scientific talent for our clients.

This highly specialized and competitive market is often an afterthought at larger search firms. At Cornerstone, it has served as one of the fastest-growing practices over the past decade.

Our true passion and unwavering commitment to our work has led to successful partnerships across many of the largest life sciences companies in the world, while also dedicating significant time to partnering with smaller organizations.

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Customized Solutions for Your Needs

Your need to find scientific talent is unique. We offer several solutions and can customize each to your specific requirements. 

Our Executive Search model is ideal if you are looking to hire your next chief scientific officer or another critical leader. This can also be supplemented with our Leadership Assessment expertise to assure you are hiring the right executive.

If you need to grow out a team of many scientists across any specific discipline, our talent mapping or build-out approach offers a cost-effective approach to growing a team quickly.

Searches We've Completed In This Area

Connect with our Executive Leadership Team so we can learn more about you, understand your needs, build the right Practice Area Leadership Team and customize the appropriate solution.

Chief Scientific Officer

Chief Development Officer

Research & Discovery:

  • Head/EVP/SVP/VP

Platform R&D:

  • Head/EVP/SVP/VP


  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir

Translational Research:

  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir


  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir

Data Science (AI/ML, RWE, and Digital Health):

  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir/AD

Protein Sciences:

  • Vice President/Executive Director


  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir

Computational Biology:

  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir


  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir

Preclinical Research:

  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir


  • Head/SVP/VP/ED/SD/Dir

Principal/Sr. Scientist and Research Scientist:

  • Positions across disciplines

Principal/Sr. Scientist and Research Scientist:

  • Departmental Build-out/Expansion Projects (hiring multiple similar roles quickly

Other Functional Areas of Expertise