We’ve worked with hundreds of life science companies over the past three decades, but none exactly like yours. That’s why assessments are the first piece of our holistic approach; it’s how we gain the insight we need to understand the specifics of your company at every level – from your scientists and engineers, to your executives, to your board of directors.
In this growing, competitive, high risk industry, we know there is little room for error. You may not know what’s wrong, only that it’s not quite working. We’ll help you figure that out! Together we can determine what’s needed to harness your company’s talents, overcome your obstacles, improve your company culture, accelerate the process of discovery and commercialization, and dramatically increase your likelihood of success.


Board Assessments:

Our goal is to help you ensure you have a board of directors composed of the right people utilizing the best practices; one that supports the needs of a dynamic, growing organization. Is your board utilizing good governance practices? Are they communicating well and making good decisions on behalf of the shareholders and the company? Are they providing appropriate guidance and resources?

Should your board be faced with challenges related to composition, we will look at whether the board’s talents are serving the company’s current and next stages of development and positioning the company for success. This will ensure you have the right people, skills and competencies for a high functioning board that can see your company to its next level. Through our Board Assessment process we will gain insights from members of the board and senior management to evaluate the board’s performance, which we will then compare against best practices in the industry. Every assessment is customized to explore areas of the greatest interest to your board. We will assist in transitioning our recommendations into an action plan, providing the roadmap and accountability for outstanding results.

Culture Assessments:

What is the vision for your company? What kind of environment do you need to create for this vision to become a reality? Our Culture Assessments are designed to take the pulse of the company culture and establish whether the vision, mission, and values are understood and shared among employees. We will help you define the work culture you desire, drive a culture change when needed, and continue to check-in to make sure the organization remains a thriving place to work.

360 Degree Feedback Assessments:

We developed our 360° Feedback Process to give leaders and executives the insights and tools to improve their effectiveness and leverage their strengths for greater success. This confidential process evaluates perspectives and input from multiple parties to gain a thorough understanding of limitations, strengths, potential barriers, competencies, gaps, key themes, etc. The 360° Feedback Process is available for managers, leaders, and executives, and can be customized based on your needs. Additionally, we offer this feedback process to executive teams, where we run a consolidated report to identify where the collective strengths and gaps exist. From there, we select mentors within your team to leverage your teams’ strengths and improve overall performance.

Organizational Development Assessments:

Sometimes companies experience a little “sand in the gears”, when things aren’t necessarily broken, but the organization is just not working at its full potential. Through this assessment process, we take a close look at the root causes that may be impacting performance. Sometimes, a lack of foundational elements – vision, values, mission – can throw things out of alignment. Sometimes, a dysfunctional team requires a diagnosis and prescriptive restructuring, rather than a simple band-aid. This assessment will help us navigate the best path forward, whether it’s redesigning a performance management system, restructuring a leadership team, targeted coaching, or developing a solution that’s specific to your company alone. Organizational Development Assessments can also proactively identify process improvements to build on your strengths, taking your company to the next level.


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