By James Forrest
I had the privilege of meeting the executive team at Thought Leader Select this past spring, within just a few months of launching my practice. My first contact at the company, their marketing director, Brian Castle, introduced me to the company’s president, Paul Meade. I could tell from the very beginning that this company was doing some very special business here in the Triangle.
Founded in early 2006, Thought Leader Select is one of a small cadre of companies in a very tight niche within the biopharmaceutical industry. As their name says, they promote thought leadership in the medical community, linking the top researchers, publishers, and speakers among physicians and allied health professionals with the pharma companies who need them to serve on scientific advisory boards and in other capacities to advance new medicines to the marketplace. As of this year, over two dozen of the top 50 biopharmaceutical firms have hired Thought Leader Select to help them identify benches of experts in 15 different therapeutic areas and over three dozen diseases and conditions.
Paul and his two partners, Lisa Smith and Kristen Smithwick, have built an objective, validated methodology that they believe promotes ethics and transparency in these pharma/medical collaborations. What I appreciate most about this client is their commitment to ethics, which comes straight from the top and permeates the entire company. Paul just completed his Master of Public Health degree, with a certificate in ethics, at UNC in the spring of 2010. Every person I’ve met in this company is very passionate about Thought Leader Select forging its own trail within the industry—organic growth based on partnering with like-minded people in the industries it serves.
Thought Leader Select operates out of the Triangle, based in Chapel Hill, with over 30 employees and contract researchers working on client projects throughout the year. They have worked with several Triangle-area pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as other clients based throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on the company, please see their website or contact Brian Castle, Director of Global Marketing and Client Relations at 919-360-9690.