Press Release
True Invests in Life Sciences Practice to Expand Global Value Proposition
Published October 25, 2023

HADDONFIELD, N.J. October 25, 2023True, the only tech and data-first global talent platform, announced today it has hired partners Lauren Lee White, Liam Vernon Silk and Steve Cornacchia to its global Life Sciences practice.  They join True Search, the 6th largest talent firm in North America, where they bring their deep expertise in the biopharmaceutical, medtech, diagnostic and tools sectors.  Together, they’ll enhance the capabilities of both True’s Healthcare and Life Sciences practices, which boast an impressive combined average of one executive placed per day in 2023.

“We now have partners with deep expertise for every step of the life science lifecycle: from bench to bedside, from biotech startup to big pharma,” said Sophia Mowla, co-head of True’s Healthcare and Life Sciences EMEA & APAC practices.

"True's breadth of market coverage is unrivaled, and our ability to work in a seamless global fashion across the ecosystem, from seed-funded university spin-outs to the very largest global players, is our differentiator,” said Nathaniel Hook, co-head of True’s Healthcare and Life Sciences EMEA & APAC practices.  "Our practice is global by design, and we look forward to drawing on the expertise of Lauren, Liam and Steve to meet the diverse and specialized needs of our clients in North America, APAC and EMEA."

True has always worked with innovative data-driven companies leading digital innovation.  Now, with these three new partners, the Life Sciences team covers all aspects of innovation from drug discovery, through development, and into commercialization.  This expertise encompasses the global biopharmaceutical and biotech industries, as well as the pharma services companies that partner with the life sciences sector.

Lauren Lee White, JD, Partner | New York

Lauren is a recognized global search consultant with over 25 years of executive search experience.  She has deep expertise in recruiting C-level, board and diversity talent for life sciences companies at all stages of development.  Most recently, she was a managing director and board diversity leader of global life sciences practice at a top search firm where she specialized in VC, CEO and board leadership.   A former attorney, Lauren previously headed executive talent for Merck’s R&D division: Merck Research Laboratories, and led executive talent at Quest Diagnostics.

Liam Vernon Silk, Partner | San Francisco

As a former scientist, Liam is drawn to high science and innovation.  Prior to True, Liam was head of executive search for Flagship Pioneering were he focused on venture creation and early platform development.  He started his career in the lab at Chiron Vaccines and has subsequently worked in talent acquisition for Merck, Novartis, and most recently as director of recruitment for Sana Biotechnology.  Liam is also a co-founder of QueerVC, a networking group for the LGBTQIA+ community within the VC ecosystem.

Steve Cornacchia, Partner | Washington DC

Steve brings over 25 years of experience in executive search within the Life Sciences sector.  He established his early career working for leading global executive search firms and most recently spent the past decade co-leading the Life Sciences practice of a top 20 boutique executive search firm.  Steve’s practice focuses across the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and tools sectors, where he recruits for board, C-suite, general management, commercial, R&D, finance and IT functional placements.


True is the world's only tech and data-first talent management platform.  The sixth largest in its industry, True leverages 10+ years worth of proprietary data, market insights, and talent lifecycle expertise, to help companies make high-impact talent decisions quickly.  True's unmatched products and services include True Search (retained executive search), TrueBridge (advisory, interim, and fractional executive placement), Thrive (Talent CRM software), Search Essentials (tech-enabled hiring services), AboveBoard (inclusive executive career community), and Jopwell (leading diversity tech platform for early-mid career professionals).  True also backs promising companies through its investment brands True Equity and Vera Equity.

Sarah Mikhailova / VP, Communications