About Us

We support business founders and executives of growing companies in the Life Science & Healthcare sector (pharma, medical devices, diagnostics, digital health and combination products) in :

Establishing companies with purposeful mission

Scaling up businesses

Building a strong team

Aligning strategic, financial, and organizational growth

Building long-term sustainable success

Creating a positive work atmosphere

Our Services

We have proven expertise in developing and growing commercially successful companies in the Life Science field by utilizing a holistic approach and building a winning team with a purposeful mission. Whether your organization is a start-up or an international company considering geographical expansion to the EU & Switzerland, we will help you to achieve your goals.

Founding Companies

We provide strategic advice and operational support for

– setting up a company in Switzerland, European Union (EU) and UK
– compliance with local requirements, considering specific aspects of the life science sector

We act ad interim as

– general manager, representing foreign companies
– registering the company with the local Chamber of Commerce
– supporting with building local team and hiring process
– managing various local consultants
– overseeing all activities including office management, legal, necessary permits, IT, finance, tax, and VAT, with a very effective and cost saving approach

Founding Companies

We provide strategic advice and operational support for

– setting up a company in Switzerland, European Union (EU) and UK
– compliance with local requirements, considering specific aspects of the life science sector

We act ad interim as

– general manager, representing foreign companies
– registering the company with the local Chamber of Commerce
– supporting with building local team and hiring process
– managing various local consultants
– overseeing all activities including office management, legal, necessary permits, IT, finance, tax, and VAT, with a very effective and cost saving approach

Scale-up Businesses

We provide strategic advice

– as member of the board of directors
– as member of advisory board
– for development of products

We act ad interim as

– chief of staff & COO
– supporting HR and building a winning team
– managing and overseeing of activities of various consultants
– overseeing all activities including office management, legal, necessary permits, IT, finance, tax, and VAT, with a very effective and cost saving approach

Who we are

We are experienced senior executives in the Life Science & Healthcare sector. We have successfully founded and sold highly effective organizations, providing comprehensive strategic advice and hands-on support to our clients. These included large corporations and growing companies that were transitioning from research to development or from the clinical stage to commercialization. We worked directly with senior management and C-level executives in pharma, medtech, R&D, and consulting companies, and helped them solve their challenges by defining and implementing creative solutions.

We understand the challenges and opportunities that the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries face. We help organizations develop and commercialize their innovative medicines, digital therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and combination products.

Shayesteh Fürst-Ladani

Co-founder & CEO

She co-founded and headed up an award-winning and renowned multi-disciplinary Life Science consulting company, leading its substantial growth and successful sale to a global CRO. She was responsible for the strategic direction of the company, business development, and human resources, while also acting as a senior advisor for clients and cross-functional teams. The company was awarded Best Employer three times by Great Place To Work in Switzerland.

Shayesteh has extensive knowledge and experience in building purposeful and commercially successful global companies from scratch. She is a recognized expert in healthcare product development and life cycle management. Using her solid knowledge and strong analytical & strategic thinking, she provides and implements corporate strategies in accordance with business goals. Shayesteh is President of the Board of Directors of two associations, namely the Rare Disease Action Forum (RDAF) focusing on improving access to diagnosis and treatment for patients with rare diseases in Switzerland and the Medtech & Pharma Platform (MPP) focusing on the intersection of drugs with devices, digital health and diagnostics.

She is a senior advisor to, Digital Health, SPARK, and VentureLab, as well as a lecturer at the GMPD Academy.

Shayesteh has an MBA from the Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK, and a Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Vienna, Austria. She is a Global Fellow in Medicines Development and a frequently invited speaker.

He co-founded and led the operations of an award-winning and renowned Life Science consulting company, supporting its substantial growth and successful sale to a global CRO. He ensured reliable and compliant operations (including finance and IT) and high responsiveness towards employees, clients and vendors while keeping lean structures and a low SG&A margin.

Additionally, he supervised and was responsible for Medical Communications, Market Access and Healthcare Compliance. He led a cross-functional team in developing medical communications including scientific manuscripts, position papers, and educational materials. In the area of Market Access, he advised on regular and exceptional access pathways to establish pricing and reimbursement for medicinal products in Switzerland.

Walter received a Diploma in Management from the Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK, and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Walter Fürst

Co-founder & COO

Emil Fürst

Head of Marketing & IT

He founded a successful Event and IT consulting company, supporting companies and associations with IT-related matters as well as organizing international conferences and events. Before that, he worked in a multi-disciplinary consulting company responsible for social media and organizing international events.

His multi-cultural mindset and ability to speak several languages facilitate cooperation and communication with external stakeholders. He is a solution oriented, open-minded person and communicates easily with internal and external partners at various seniority levels.

Emil attended courses in Business Management at Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK, and received a Baccalaureate in Economics from Commercial Business School Basel.

Who we are

We are experienced senior executives in the Life Science & Healthcare sector. We have successfully founded and sold highly effective organizations, providing comprehensive strategic advice and hands-on support to our clients. These included large corporations and growing companies that were transitioning from research to development or from the clinical stage to commercialization. We worked directly with senior management and C-level executives in pharma, medtech, R&D, and consulting companies, and helped them solve their challenges by defining and implementing creative solutions.

We understand the challenges and opportunities that the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries face. We help organizations develop and commercialize their innovative medicines, digital therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, and combination products.

Shayesteh Fürst-Ladani

Co-founder & CEO

She co-founded and headed up an award-winning and renowned multi-disciplinary Life Science consulting company, leading its substantial growth and successful sale to a global CRO. She was responsible for the strategic direction of the company, business development, and human resources, while also acting as a senior advisor for clients and cross-functional teams. The company was awarded Best Employer three times by Great Place To Work in Switzerland.

Shayesteh has extensive knowledge and experience in building purposeful and commercially successful global companies from scratch. She is a recognized expert in healthcare product development and life cycle management. Using her solid knowledge and strong analytical & strategic thinking, she provides and implements corporate strategies in accordance with business goals. Shayesteh is President of the Board of Directors of two associations, namely the Rare Disease Action Forum (RDAF) focusing on improving access to diagnosis and treatment for patients with rare diseases in Switzerland and the Medtech & Pharma Platform (MPP) focusing on the intersection of drugs with devices, digital health and diagnostics.

She is a senior advisor to, Digital Health, SPARK, and VentureLab, as well as a lecturer at the GMPD Academy.

Shayesteh has an MBA from the Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK, and a Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Vienna, Austria. She is a Global Fellow in Medicines Development and a frequently invited speaker.

Walter Fürst

Co-founder & COO

He co-founded and led the operations of an award-winning and renowned Life Science consulting company, supporting its substantial growth and successful sale to a global CRO. He ensured reliable and compliant operations (including finance and IT) and high responsiveness towards employees, clients and vendors while keeping lean structures and a low SG&A margin.

Additionally, he supervised and was responsible for Medical Communications, Market Access and Healthcare Compliance. He led a cross-functional team in developing medical communications including scientific manuscripts, position papers, and educational materials. In the area of Market Access, he advised on regular and exceptional access pathways to establish pricing and reimbursement for medicinal products in Switzerland.

Walter received a Diploma in Management from the Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK, and a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Emil Fürst

Head of Marketing & IT

He founded a successful Event and IT consulting company, supporting companies and associations with IT-related matters as well as organizing international conferences and events. Before that, he worked in a multi-disciplinary consulting company responsible for social media and organizing international events.

His multi-cultural mindset and ability to speak several languages facilitate cooperation and communication with external stakeholders. He is a solution oriented, open-minded person and communicates easily with internal and external partners at various seniority levels.

Emil attended courses in Business Management at Open University Business School, Milton Keynes, UK, and received a Baccalaureate in Economics from Commercial Business School Basel.

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