Toft Group Executive Search Places Nigel Beard, PhD as Senior Vice President of Research & Development with Mission Bio in South San Francisco, CA


Toft Group Executive Search, a global life sciences and healthcare executive recruiting firm, has successfully placed Nigel Beard, PhD as Senior Vice President of Research & Development with Mission Bio in South San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Beard is the former Chief Scientific Technology Officer and co-founder of Feetz, Inc., a big data additive manufacturing business. There he developed an advanced machine learning platform for personalized consumer big data. Before founding Feetz, Dr. Beard served with Life Technologies, most recently as the Head of R&D, Human Identification Business. He got his start as Head of Integration R&D, building transformational operation. Earlier in his industry career, Dr. Beard held roles in engineering and project management with Applied Biosystems. He currently serves as a Founding Partner with TechWise Ventures, a consulting company providing in-depth due diligence and risk assessment for VC’s and corporate M&A clients in the Life Sciences and Biotech space.

Dr. Beard holds a PhD in Microfluidics from Imperial College, London; an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University; and a BSc in Applied Chemistry from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

About Mission Bio

Mission Bio helps researchers and clinicians unlock single-cell biology to enable the discovery, development, and delivery of precision medicine with Tapestri, the Precision Genomics Platform. Tapestri provides industry-first single-cell DNA analysis capability to enable the accelerated and accessible detection of genetic heterogeneity within and across cells populations for applications in oncology, immunology, and genome editing. The platform includes an instrument, consumables and software, which plug seamlessly into existing NGS workflows. The company’s Tapestri Platform was honored as a Top 10 Innovation of 2018 by The Scientist, as well as utilized by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) for the largest single-cell study completed to date. Additional studies in therapy resistance and Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) using Tapestri have been reported by other leading cancer centers, including the University of California, San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

About Toft Group Executive Search

Toft Group is a global executive search firm fully devoted to life sciences and healthcare, with a focus on innovation-driven companies working at the intersection of biotech and high tech. The team’s extensive relationship network and diversity focus enables Toft Group to present more highly qualified and diverse candidates than clients would otherwise meet. Toft Group excels at quickly filling the hardest to hire leadership roles where talent is limited. The company has offices in the three major U.S. biotech hubs: San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.