Michael Young is a Director for Toft Group Executive Search and is based at the company’s headquarters in San Diego, California. Michael joins Toft Group from National Search Associates (NSA), an executive search firm where he was focused on recruiting Director-level through C-level positions within the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, technology, and diagnostics industries. Prior to NSA, Michael served as an Executive Search Consultant with The Newport Group and as a Business Development/ Recruiter with Kelly Services, a leading worldwide scientific staffing provider.
Michael brings a unique knowledge base acquired from his 14 years of experience as a Pre-Clinical Research Scientist, where he developed/ designed several small molecule and biologics through in vivo and bench assay screens. Michael began his career as an R&D Scientist with a focus on Immunology and Metabolic disease. During his early career, Michael spent 12 years with The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF), where many of his projects are now into Clinical Testing within the Novartis pipeline.
Michael graduated from Carroll College, Helena MT with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.