"How to Grow and Retain Your Biotech Dream Team" is topic.

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May 12, 2009

ATLANTA – Atlanta-based healthcare and life science executive search firm Tyler & Company has been chosen to host a panel of experts in the biotechnology industry at the BIO2009 International Convention from 4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center, Room B306. 

The BIO International Convention is the largest biotech industry convention in the world, attracting more than 20,000 attendees annually from all over the globe. The event offers networking and partnering opportunities as well as insights from those working in the biotech trenches on trends affecting the industry.

For its first time hosting a panel in this event, Tyler & Company has put together a group representing various facets of the biotech industry. The panelists, who will tackle the topic “How to Grow and Retain Your Biotech Dream Team,” have regional, national and international reputations for successfully leading and operating life science companies with a world-class workforce. In addition to discussing how to build a robust and diverse workforce, the panelists will speak about a wide range of techniques that are essential to building well-rounded, high-performing teams.

"We've got quite a few bases covered with this team of biotech experts," saysStephanie J. Underwood, Senior Vice President of Tyler & Company and lead consultant of the firm's life science practice. "We have people with hands-on know-how, those with visionary experience, others with a background in strategic leadership, and a few with global perspective. These are people whose colleagues would value advice from because they are known to have a stake in assembling the best biotech teams."

The topic of growing and retaining highly-skilled biotech employees is timelier now than ever with companies realigning and rethinking strategies on expansion, paring down duplicative efforts, and maintaining a quality workforce.

Panelist Michael Young, a clinical development and regulatory expert who has run his own consulting business for the last eight years, says that a key message for today's biotech companies is that they must eschew the practice of outsourcing if they expect to have any longevity.

"A successful biotech company must be a collective effort," says Young, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President of Clinical Development for Nucleonics, Inc. "Biotech companies are not usually large and they focus on specialist-added value, which is what they use to position their companies to encourage investors to buy into a concept. There's a certain amount of staff building you have to keep doing, and in technology, that means creating a strong team by attracting these highly skilled individuals and retaining them. The industry needs to think about its growth plan, because that's the key to success."

At the helm of the panel will be moderator J. Larry Tyler, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Tyler & Company. Tyler is pleased to be a part of such a prestigious forum.

"Being selected to participate in this event is an indication of our growing status within the biotech community," says Tyler, FACHE, FAAHC, FHFMA, CMPE. "Our alliance with Signium International has made our program more international in scope. We are proud to be involved in this event. We're excited about it."

Aside from Young, panelists include Lisa Kelly-Crosswell, MHRIR; Mark Lyles, MD, MBA; Shawn Patrick O'Brien; and Chad Womack, PhD. For biographies on each, please see addendum.


Tyler & Company specializes in healthcare and life science executive search. The five-office firm is consistently ranked in the top 20 largest executive healthcare search firms by Modern Healthcare, and it is among Executive Recruiter News'  top 40 largest executive retained search firms in the United States. Tyler & Company celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2008. Tyler & Company is a member of Signium International, a consortium of search firms with more than 40 offices in 25-plus countries. Signium International provides Tyler & Company clients with global executive solutions in support of Tyler & Company's practices in the life sciences, medical devices and biotechnology. For more information, please visit www.tylerandco.com.