Case studies from our pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients.

From managing strategic initiatives to providing logistical support, BioPharmAdvisors offers a wide range of services in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology product development arena. Here are a few stories to illustrate our breadth of experience.


Strategic project research for a biotechnology firm.

GlycoMimetics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology firm located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is engaged in using novel and proprietary glycobiology technology to develop treatments for unmet medical needs. They hired BioPharmAdvisors to leverage Dr. Riddle’s understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and her clinical background in tackling a strategic project. Her expertise extended the company’s internal medical capabilities at a time when senior-level assistance was needed. The project culminated in a comprehensive report that helped GlycoMimetics strengthen its medical strategy.

“Dr. Riddle has years of senior-level experience in clinical drug development and medical affairs, which she brings to her consulting work in the medical and pharmaceutical sciences.  She combined her understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and her clinical background to tackle a strategic project for us, extending our internal medical capabilities.”

Helen Thackray, MD, FAAP
Chief Medical Officer
Vice President, Clinical Development
GlycoMimetics, Inc.

Medical consulting for an advertising campaign.

A leading medical organization needed to recruit real people with real complications from exposure to tobacco smoke for a “stop smoking” advertising campaign. Dr. Valerie Riddle of BioPharmAdvisors was consulted to serve as a medical resource for the advertising agency’s recruiting and creative teams.  Through direct contact with candidates and their physicians, review of candidate medical records and interaction with the client’s teams, Dr. Riddle was able to help ensure the candidates recommended for consideration met the client’s specifications for smoking-related illness.

“Valerie has been an integral part in interviewing our cast participants and ensuring that their ailments are in fact due to smoking cigarettes. She is smart, easy to work with, knowledgeable, available and knows her craft very well. I would recommend Valerie in a heartbeat for anything in this field. I look forward to working with her more in the future.”

Carron Pedonti
Agency Producer
Arnold Worldwide

“Dr. Valerie Riddle has contributed invaluable medical consultation to support recruitment  for a continuing national campaign using real-life people and their stories.  As a real people casting director for 24 years I have been involved with many national campaigns and commercials and PSAs.  I have never worked with anyone who gave so much cooperation and had such a clear grasp of what we were trying to achieve.  It made a strong difference in how we were able to accomplish an amazing result.”

Mimi Webb Miller
Casting Director
SAG, Non-union, Location and Real People Casting
Los Angeles, CA

Expert consulting for a life sciences talent recruitment company.

Curran Partners is a retained executive search firm with over 20 years of experience in successfully recruiting top talent in a broad range of professional sectors and disciplines, with a particular focus and expertise in life sciences sector. Dr. Valerie Riddle, President of BioPharmAdvisors, was initially recruited by the firm for a position at Medimmune in Gaithersburg, MD.  Over the years, she has continued a relationship with its founder, Michael Curran. That relationship has evolved from one of being a client during her tenure at different companies to one of advisor today.  She has worked closely with Michael on retained searches for several senior level positions in the life sciences sector.

“Dr. Riddle’s extensive expertise with pharmaceuticals and product development brings an added layer of depth to our recruiting efforts in the healthcare and life sciences arena. She assimilates well with our team and not only brings her industry knowledge to the table, but also has a keen way of analyzing situations and putting the pieces together to ensure our clients get the proper fit for their organization.”

Michael N. Curran
Managing Partner
Curran Partners, Inc./ECI Group