Trends by Industry: Life Science

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key life science trends for 2021.

Independent consultants bring life science companies a unique mix of real-world experience, strategic rigor, and targeted domain expertise in areas like market access, clinical operations, commercial strategy, and digital health. As in previous years, life science executives are turning to independents for help with marketing, operations, product, and portfolio strategy across business units and therapeutic areas. 


70% Strategy
15% Operations
9% Transformation
3% Organization
3% Interim Executive



Marketing and Sales

Product Strategy and Launch


Opportunity Assessment

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Business Processes

Innovation and R&D

Growth Strategy

Digital Strategy

Supply Chain


Project Management

Market Landscape and Research

Market Access and Value

Product Launch

Clinical Operations

Portfolio Strategy

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Digital Marketing

Process Optimization and Transformation

Manufacturing Strategy


  • Develop updated health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) and market access commercial playbook
  • Conduct an assessment of the competitive landscape and market access scenarios for a rare disease portfolio
  • Develop a segmentation and messaging strategy, resource guide, and KPI plan for pharmaceutical marketing materials
  • Assess digital health investments and create a roadmap for digital technology investments to maximize the commercial potential of assets and reduce clinical cost
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