The life science recruitment industry is set for an exciting revolution as previous competitors, Hobson Prior and ProClinical, announce a strategic alliance, combining their workforces to further their presence in the North America and Asia Pacific regions.
The mutually beneficial agreement follows ProClinical’s recent acquisition by Hobson Prior’s parent company Independent Clinical Services (ICS). Both brands have established teams in the USA with ProClinical’s New York office and Hobson Prior’s team in Boston, near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
This collaboration will see the two teams join forces and share expertise as the Boston office joins the ProClinical brand. With a presence in New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA and now Boston MA, the teams are primed to continue delivering expert recruitment services across the North American life science industry.
The Sydney team will continue to operate as Hobson Prior Australia, where they have built a reputation for placing exceptional candidates across the Australian life science industry. With ProClinical’s Singapore and Shanghai offices, the combined forces will further strengthen the group’s growing network in the Asia Pacific life science recruitment market. With no immediate plans to completely merge the two companies, they will continue to remain separate throughout the rest of their network in the UK and continental Europe.
When discussing Hobson Prior’s growing business vision, Operations Director, Patrick Forster commented: “This is an exciting partnership and we are thrilled to be working with ProClinical, combining our expertise to provide the best opportunities for candidates and life science companies on an even greater global scale. As a respected brand in the life science recruitment market, we know that this collaboration will have a positive impact for our teams and ensure we can provide an exceptional service to both our clients and candidates alike. Hobson Prior’s global expansion has successfully enabled us to extend our services and opportunities across the key hubs in the life science industry and I am confident this move will allow us to continue expanding and remain leaders in this exciting industry.”
When commenting on ProClinical’s global vision following the move, ProClinical’s CEO, Daniel Smart commented: “We are grateful to Hobson Prior for their willing approach to collaboration, and how receptive they have been following our introduction through ICS. Both Australia and Massachusetts have been long-term strategic targets for ProClinical, and this move now gives us the opportunity to better support existing demand from our current clients and win new business by firmly establishing our presence right across North America and the Asia Pacific region.”
As the biotech capital of the East Coast, Boston is considered by many to be the heart of life sciences R&D innovation, not only within the United States, but globally. The state of Massachusetts provides over 99,000 life science jobs according to the Boston Globe, with a very high concentration of skilled professionals working for a range of innovative biotech start-ups, global biopharmas and academic/research institutions. Boston is also the recipient of 1/3 of the industry’s venture capital funding and attracts some of the leading technology companies in the country, which fuels its innovation.
Australia’s life sciences industry employs over 232,000 people and it is reportedly among the top five countries globally for biotechnology according to AusBiotech. The pharmaceutical market is set to rise from just over $22.85 billion in 2016 to $23.2 billion by 2020, according to GlobalData.
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