Research and Innovation

We have developed one of the world’s largest practices offering expert, specialised global search services for research leadership appointments.

 

Building upon our market leading position in supporting universities and independent research institutes globally to appoint world-class research leaders in STEM, we have been able to advise a wide array of commercial science and research organisations, including large industry, Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs) and innovation-focused Public Private Partnerships, in making outstanding strategic research and organisational leadership appointments.

Increasing demand for collaboration and co-creation between academic research and private enterprise requires new models of research leadership. Individuals with the ability to move effortlessly between academic and commercial contexts, balancing a deep understanding of and appreciation for fundamental research with the ability to deliver commercially. Our clients benefit from a unique combination of proprietary analytics tools and our in-depth knowledge of academic and commercial research contexts, which allows us to more precisely identify outstanding candidates for strategic research leadership appointments.

 

How We Think

Gender Diversity in Research Leadership Appointments

Gender Diversity in Research Leadership Appointments

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Where We Can Help

Research and Technology Organisations

As one of the foremost executive search firms working with RTOs and other research-focused organisations, Perrett Laver has extensive experience of advising on appointments for those who lead and shape organisations committed to innovation in research.

The distinctive, impact-oriented mission of RTOs requires innovative and adaptable leadership, with deep knowledge and understanding of the contract research landscape and commercial environment, and the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders.

In the light of the fact that RTOs exist in a variety of different forms, whether state run or wholly privatised commercials organisations - or a hybrid of both - identifying the next generation of leaders is critical to the continued successes and positive impacts of these organisations.

Academic Translation

Perrett Laver has extensive experience of advising on appointments for those who lead and shape the translation and commercialisation processes for universities, research institutes and other research-oriented organisations. Governments and funding bodies alike are demanding significantly greater evidence of impact from their academic research partners.

Rapid translation of research outcomes into wider economic impact is critical to a nation’s ability to remain competitive in the global economy. Perrett Laver’s wealth of experience advising on senior leadership appointments across academe, RTOs and other impact-driven research-oriented organisations means we are uniquely placed to identify individuals capable of leading innovation and commercialisation of academic research.  

Innovation

Perrett Laver has developed one of the world’s largest senior level executive search practices offering highly specialised search services for senior appointments in research and innovation-focused organisations, and we have unparalleled reach in the knowledge sector.

Industrial research and innovation is increasingly driven by collaboration with the public and knowledge sectors. The increasingly permeable boundary between private enterprise and academia in particular, presents significant opportunities for global talent acquisition, allowing organisations to look beyond their industry to identify fresh, world-leading talent.

Perrett Laver’s breadth of experience enables us to identify relevant individuals broadly from across the public, private and knowledge sectors, and we have an excellent track record in successfully moving individuals across sectors.

Biopharmaceuticals

Perrett Laver has global experience working with R&D firms, health organisations and Universities to build highly-skilled leaders that can thrive in this changing environment.

Identifying the next generation of innovative scientific leaders will be critical to future success in the pharmaceutical industry, especially as we move into the era of personalised medicine.

Industrial research and innovation is increasingly driven by collaboration with the public and knowledge sectors, and the increasingly permeable boundary between private enterprise and academia presents significant opportunities for global talent acquisition, allowing organisations to look beyond their industry and identify fresh, world-leading talent.

Industrial R & D

On the back of our market leading position advising on appointments of world class academic research leaders in STEM we have been able to effectively support private sector science and research based organisations, RTOs and Innovation Catalysers in making outstanding scientific and organisational leadership appointments. In strengthening their own research leadership in the light of the global demand for increased levels of co-creation between academic research and industrial translation, our particular appreciation for the difference yet also commonalities between the two has become important. We rely on a proprietary analytics model for identification and screening of candidates developed by our team of in-house research team, many of have previously held academic research posts in academia.

University Professors

Our Global Chairs and Professors practice has developed a rigorous and robust methodology based on our proprietary analytics for identifying, engaging and securing exceptional research talent. In the past few years we have advised on over 1,000 professorial appointments for every discipline imaginable. We support global research intensive and research ambitious universities in nearly 50 different countries across six continents. Over half of those appointed through our processes relocate internationally to take on their new post. The global nature of our work is intrinsic to success. Principally we work on the appointment of full, tenured Professors, many of which are to endowed or named Chairs. We work across the full ranges of disciplines and our specific methodology can be adapted to the particular nuances of each specialism, including, for example, attention to a need for clinical qualifications and expertise, industry engagement or practice-orientation. We have extensive experience advising upon leadership searches for the world’s leading research centres or institutes, typically at CEO or board level.

Who To Talk To

Dr Sinead Gibney
Dr Sinead Gibney
Managing Partner, Ireland
EMEA
Simon Laver
Simon Laver
Co-Founder and Director
EMEA
Bing Han
Bing Han
Managing Partner, China
Asia Pacific
Dr Graham Little
Dr Graham Little
Head, UK Research and Innovation
EMEA
Erik Jackson
Erik Jackson
Managing Partner, West Coast, USA
Americas
Dr Birgit Brandt
Dr Birgit Brandt
Regional Head, Asia Pacific
Asia Pacific
Damaris Matis
Damaris Matis
Senior Consultant
EMEA

Recent Research and Innovation Clients

Recent Research and Innovation Appointments