The Steely Group Clinical Staffing

Success Story: Retained to Deliver an SVP, Medical Director for Innovative CNS Biopharma

The Steely Group partners with biotechnology, pharmaceutical, gene therapy, medical device and diagnostic companies to help bring treatments to patients by delivering uniquely qualified professionals who can move your compounds from discovery to the clinic, keep your programs on track, meet your planning milestones, and help you achieve commercial success. Here’s one of our success stories:


Retained to Deliver a Senior Vice President, Medical Director for an Innovative CNS Biopharma

We recently completed a retained search for a Senior Vice President, Medical Director at a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing transformative therapies for the treatment of brain and nervous system disorders.

With three product candidates in clinical development and additional programs from a proprietary platform for discovering novel compounds that enhance synaptic plasticity, this company continues to generate a rich and diverse pipeline of small-molecule NMDA receptor modulators with the potential to treat an array of neurological disorders.

Although this client had an existing group of trusted recruitment vendors, they recognized that this search would require more than their traditional direct-hire partners could offer. They needed a firm steeped exclusively in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries with a seasoned recruitment team that offered a level of sophistication and expertise to engage executive candidates. The ideal partner would also need an extensive national network of VP and C-level candidates plus a proven track record for identifying and procuring the most sought-after talent in the market. After careful consideration, The Steely Group was awarded this retained executive search.

We immediately engaged our team and assigned this search top priority. We recognized the need to identify a strategist and hands-on leader. An authentic collaborator who was engaged in the science and driven by an entrepreneurial spirit striving to achieve more. In addition to bringing expertise across all phases of drug development, this individual would need to have led global medical and clinical teams in the neuroscience/CNS space, led submissions, negotiated with the FDA, and have the ultimate experience of product launch and commercialization.

Leveraging our existing talent and referral networks and proven research and recruitment methodologies, The Steely Group identified 70+ elite profiles to start, delivering the initial slate of four candidates within one month. A complete slate of nine fully vetted candidates was delivered shortly thereafter, with an offer acceptance in just 11 weeks.

Our client’s new Senior Vice President, Medical Director is a clinical executive and inspiring leader with more than 20 years of global pharmaceutical experience and a true passion for neuroscience.

Learn more: Nicole Smith, Business Development | Direct: 847.957.4373 |

The Steely Group is a national, award-winning clinical staffing firm and certified women’s business enterprise. Our core focus areas include: Clinical Operations & Development, Regulatory Affairs, Commercialization, Data Management, Program Management, Project Management, Pharmacovigilance and Medical Writing.

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