Biotech Consultants, Why are More and More needed?



Some years ago, few companies in the biosciences sector employed consultants. Now, more and more companies began working with them.

But, why are so many biotechnology and pharma companies employing consultants? and what criteria should be used in hiring the best people?

The global biotechnology market is expected to reach $2.44 trillion by 2028, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc. This grew of the market willbe bascally to the launch of new and advanced products and a robust investment in the biotechnology sector.

The pandemic has made biotech companies be at the forefront of the development of drugs to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Taking all these into account, biotech sector is demanding highly skilled employees and consultants who can help deliver on the major goals of these companies.

Although consultants are getting more expensive, my experience is that when the expertise is needed, it’s usually worth the cost.

Years ago, consultants tended to have a very specific area of expertise that wasn’t broadly available, such as regulatory experience at the FDA or another competent authority. But today, the biotech sector employs a wide variety of consultants that have broader level of expertise in manufacturing, business development, regulatory affairs, clinical operations, medical science, project management, quality assurance and quality control, investor and public relations, marketing and more.


Companies that don’t have access to staff to ensure their drug discovery and development progresses in a competent and timely manner and meeting regulatory compliance, working with a consultant is becoming an essential resource.


How To Find the Best Biotech Consultant for your Company


One way that biotech companies have been using for years and that they still use is the referral. The referrals are important in the biotech sector because the consultants are hiring based on previous work. References are an important way to identify consultants.

Another way to find consultants are conferences and partnerings, where they have become a great place to identify and network with consultants.

Platforms like are also a great place to search and find the most suitable consultants for your company. One of the advantage of using this platform is that the scientific support team will help you in the process and for free.



How to Commit Consultants with the Company Goals

One of the most common myths about consultants is that they are not as engaged and productive as employees.

Some ways to ensure that consultants are committed with the biotech company are:

It’s important to ensure that consultants are up to date on company activities.  It’s important that all team members, whether staff or consultants, are invited to weigh in on meeting agenda items. If the consultant represents a strategically important function of the company, consider including the consultant in your executive meetings. There is no better way to encourage their engagement than including them in strategic discussions.

- Ensure the consultants participate in your goal setting process. This will help ensure they remain committed to helping establish and meet the goals required to get the company to the finish line.

-Many biotechnology companies have the opportunity to offer consultants stock options. In the healthcare sector, many biotech and pharmaceutical companies use stock options as part of employee and consultant compensation. Attracting, retaining, and motivating consultants through appropriately designed equity incentives are recommended.

- Make sure that your consultants are considered in your employee recognition programs, regardless of how formal they may be.



With the life sciences marketplace ever changing, biotech companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers need to grow revenue and market share.

The industry is driving an increase focus on regulatory compliance, lower costs, innovation, and network flexibility, these make the necessity of experts in these areas that help to reach the company goals.

Consultants play an integral role in the life sciences marketplace as they pursue growth opportunities and tackle multiple scientific, business, and regulatory challenges to help shape and grow the life sciences marketplace.



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