Toft Group Executive Search Expands Team with Michael Young Based in San Diego

“Mr. Young brings an incredibly dynamic background to Toft Group that includes over 14 years as a Pre-Clinical Research Scientist, and a successful track record of recruiting at leading firms,” commented Robin Toft, President & CEO of Toft Group. “He will be an outstanding addition to our world-class team as we continue to meet a growing demand for highly-skilled leadership in Life Sciences.”

Mr. Young joins Toft Group from National Search Associates (NSA), where he served as Director of Business Development and Sales. Prior to NSA, Michael also served as an Executive Search Consultant with The Newport Group, and was Business Development and Recruiter with Kelly Services, a leading worldwide scientific staffing provider. During his years as a Pre-Clinical Research Scientist, Mr. Young developed/ designed several small molecule and biologics through in vivo and bench assay screens. He began his career as an R&D Scientist with a focus on Immunology and Metabolic disease. Mr. Young 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.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group Executive Search is “Changing the Future of Medicine, One Relationship at a Time” and we take pride in the fact that our work helps our clients accelerate getting novel products to market. Named a Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Company and a Top 50 Executive Search Firm in Life Sciences, we are a global retained executive search firm that is 100% dedicated to life sciences & healthcare industries.  Our customers include biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. With offices in San Francisco, San Diego and Boston, we assist a wide range of local, national and international companies – from venture backed start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations.

How Executive Recruiters Identify Top Talent

The first few months of 2017 have gotten off to quite a start! The JP Morgan Conference, held in January, was perhaps the most eventful yet. The transition of a new presidential committee elevated the ongoing topic of drug pricing and the future of healthcare policy. Click here for a recap of highlights.

The conference captured the key issues facing life science companies that are likely to significantly impact recruiting in 2017, prompting our clients and candidates to ask for the “must have” traits in successful C-level executives. In this issue, we reveal How Executive Recruiters Identify Top Talent.

We are also excited to announce we are growing! Lucy Lu has joined our team as Senior Vice President based in San Francisco with an incredible passion and focus for building leadership teams. Feel free to learn more about Lucy and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Despite what issues may lie ahead, we anticipate 2017 to be a remarkable year for advancing healthcare and life sciences. We are more confident than ever that our growing network is ready to lead companies through the obstacles and deliver innovative, life-changing products to patients in need. We want to thank you for being a part of it.


Robin Toft

President & Chief Engagement Officer, Toft Group Executive Search