Our partner, a start-up immunotherapy biotech with backing from a leading pharmaceutical company, was working on a T-cell platform. They engaged us to help build out their scientific team within their first 3 months of business.
As a start-up, the organisation was seemingly high-risk, so the main challenge was to address a lack of brand recognition. We needed to educate and reassure potential candidates of our partner’s values and aims as the company still consisted of just board members but had a strong platform and the necessary funding to take the products into clinic. They perceived themselves as being entrepreneurial in nature, with a collaborative mentality, and wanted like-minded people to work with them. They had neither the time nor the resources to recruit internally, so partnered with us within their first month of business.
We ensured that a strong relationship was established immediately with the COO and CSO to agree and forge a path that would suit the highly strict timelines they had set. They allowed exclusivity, enabling us to promote a consistent message to the market.
We carried out extensive talent mapping to identify candidates who were technically suitable. All candidates were met and a highly selective shortlist was sent weekly to our partner, along with a detailed report about each individual. This meant they were only presented with the highest quality candidates, which enabled us to reach the points of hire much faster than they anticipated.