Life Sciences

Mission-driven, results-focused, exacting requirements – just a few of the phrases heard regularly about people who have dedicated their careers to Life Sciences.

Jake Vander Zanden has 25+ years of experience as a turnaround and growth driver. Jake has a proven track record of completing business transformations for companies like Allergan, Medtronic, Lumenis, and Hoya Surgical Optics, and has a deep expertise in Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, and Consumer Healthcare.

Jake Vander Zanden

Life Sciences executives ARE different. Our purpose is often more urgent. Few people receive a 3:00am emergency call from the OR requesting technical assistance with a heart catheter, or have driven 300 miles through the night in a snowstorm to get a medical device to a hospital in time for a 6:00am surgery.

Jake has taken those ominous calls in the night. The one from the VP/QA advising of a patient death due to a possible device failure. He’s scrambled teams to gather inventory for surgeries after a hurricane blew the roof off a sterilization facility and destroyed the supply chain for 3 months. He’s shared the thrill of a parent watching their child crippled by Cerebral Palsy start to walk again after Botox® injections, and felt the sheer joy of patients blinded by cataracts in India and Africa regain their sight and see their children for the first time in years after having an intra ocular lens implanted in a field hospital. He’s been a trainer, a rep, a marketer, a people manager and a patient. He’s worked with R&D to develop products and even holds his own patents. His network includes physicians and surgeons in over 100 countries. 

It takes a special kind of person with deep convictions about bettering the world around them to thrive in this business. Within his Life Sciences practice, Jake doesn’t just find people to fill positions; he conducts exhaustive searches throughout the industry to find the RIGHT person – the mission-critical leader – who will make the difference between a company merely succeeding, and a team of people and technology changing the world.

A Partial List of Clients:
Allergan, AMO, Bausch & Lomb, Beckman Coulter, ICN, Invitrogen, Valeant, Bio-rad

CEOs and everyone who reports to them. We fill mission-critical roles at the senior level of any organization.  Our team comes from the Life Sciences and High Technology industry. We’ve done the job ourselves, and we know what it takes to make a difference.