Strategic and operational leadership at every stage of life science company evolution

We are experienced builders of life science companies with deep institutional knowledge on both the business and development side of life sciences.

Our C-suite consultants are not generalists; they are industry veterans who apply well-informed perspective in the capacities of interim or fractional Chief Financial Officer, Chief People Officer, Chief Medical Officer, or as senior advisors. Among their accomplishments, they have founded and led life science start-ups, raised capital, supported corporate transformations and pivots, led clinical strategy, scaled operational infrastructure for commercial readiness and served on the boards of private and publicly held companies. 

C-Level Advisory

Key Considerations

  • Sector knowledge is paramount. We understand the language, the journey and the challenges stemming from research-centric models, clinical trials, capital needs and market events.
  • Emerging companies may not need a full-time CFO, CPO, or CMO, but they do need expert guidance and oversight through the lens of leaders who have seen it all. We provide depth of experience that can be accessed in a flexible, capital-efficient way, whether short- or long term.
  • Competition for highly qualified life science executives is intense. We can provide top-caliber talent without the time and cost of protracted candidate searches, hiring and on-boarding.

How Danforth Can Help

Strategic Thought Partnership

We are trusted partners to CEOs and provide strategic, impartial counsel to help meet corporate objectives.

Financing Expertise

We both advise and execute on wide-ranging financing strategies, including venture capital funding, private placements and PIPE transactions, IPOs, SPACs and reverse mergers. Learn more about this capability here.

Operational Management

We oversee the performance of functions and resources including Finance & Accounting, Human Resources and Strategic Communications, aligning scientific and business acumen.

Corporate Strategy and Development

We provide strategic perspective and diligence support for partnering and licensing activities.

Clinical Strategy and Oversight

We provide guidance on overarching clinical strategy as well as lead indication selection specifying a distinct development path, and lead the target product profile (TPP) process – creating the roadmap for downstream development.

Corporate Restructurings

We have broad experience preparing and guiding companies through transformative events including mergers, acquisitions and corporate wind-downs.

Culture and Organizational Design

We advise on when and how to best implement a right-sized HR function, including the foundational build required to attract and retain high-caliber performers.

BOD Relations

We routinely prepare for and participate in board meetings.

How else can we help?

Learn about our additional capabilities