VP – Head Biological Drug Discovery

Hengrui Therapeutics

Founded in 1970, Hengrui Medicine is the largest publicly listed and the most innovative biopharma based in China (Shanghai). In 2020 the company established its clinical R&D organizations in the USA (New Jersey) and in Europe (Switzerland). The Swiss based Hengrui Europe Therapeutics AG, company also hosts the discovery R&D units focusing on protein engineering and on new mRNA technology platforms.

Compass Executives were engaged by Hengrui Therapeutics to source a Vice President – Head of European Research Centre, Biological Drug Discovery to be responsible for building a preclinical discovery science lab in Switzerland – focusing on new innovations in protein engineering and multi-specific antibody research.

An international research-based search was conducted with more than 150 relevant candidates targeted throughout the EU. A three-stage interview process was conducted including validation by the Senior Management Team based in both Shanghai and New Jersey, resulting in the first time appointment of the identified candidate within 5 weeks of the process commencing.




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Compass Executives started from the very beginning with a detailed, professional explanation of the available position. They spent time to present the great opportunity and chance to accelerate my career but at the same time, the challenge, and the strong expectation from their client. They patiently listened to my introduction and clearly identified and commented on important points for his client, my personal development and further presentation to my current company Hengrui. In the end, it was more like a joint project than a recruitment process. The chance to be part of the Hengrui scientific and therapeutic development and expansion in Europe for future therapies development for the benefit of both the patients and the company represents for me not only a challenge and pleasure but also an honour. The professionalism I received during the recruitment process thanks to Compass Executives was warm and friendly, and I can recommend them without hesitation.