Karen Bertrand

Karen Bertrand

Managing Director
San Francisco, CA

“It's a great reward to support the development of healthcare innovations, by partnering with the creative and amazing scientists who launch and build companies.”

Karen leads the firm's biopharma and diagnostics practices and has more than 20 years' experience recruiting CEOs, senior management teams and board members for a wide range of emerging and established life science companies.

She is passionate about recruiting for companies that are developing breakthrough technologies and leveraging innovation in related fields such as nanoparticle technology and biomaterials. She has completed searches for senior executives in general management, discovery and clinical research, product development, and finance and commercial leadership roles. Her clients include companies focused in ethical Rx development, (small molecule, proteins and biologics, including therapeutic antibodies, kinase inhibitors, oligonucleotde/RNAi), POC and molecular diagnostics, drug delivery/combination therapy products, and analytical tools and services.

One of her key areas of expertise is identifying talent that can take an early organization with innovative technology to the next level, whether it's a founder-CEO transition, adding independent board members, a progression to clinical development, or defining a strategic roadmap.

Karen serves on the San Francisco Chapter Board of the Healthcare Business Women's Association (HBA), a global organization dedicated to the advancement and impact of women in healthcare. She recently received an award from HBA in recognition of a women's leadership event organized around the themes presented in Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In.

An avid equestrian, Karen previously competed in the sport of 3-day eventing. As often as time permits, you'll find her practicing dressage with her retired competition horse.

Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Davis and Master of Arts degrees from the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne and the University of Cincinnati.