Robin Toft, President and CEO of privately held executive search firm Sanford Rose Associates® – San Diego announces the acquisition of the Life Science firm’s San Francisco practice, Sanford Rose Associates® – San Francisco, originally established in 1999.  The newly expanded firm now has offices in two of the most significant U.S. hubs for Life Science companies – San Diego and San Francisco, California. In 2012, the company also added a Fort Lauderdale, Florida location, and now has offices in San Diego, San Francisco, and Fort Lauderdale.  The company’s new name will be Sanford Rose Associates® – Toft Group.

Sanford Rose Associates® – Toft Group is highly specialized in placing Life Sciences executives into personalized medicine, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic companies.  The firm has successfully placed hundreds of executives, director through CEO-level, nationally.  The firm’s President & CEO, Robin Toft, is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the biotech industry. Upon joining Sanford Rose Associates®, Ms. Toft originally served as Managing Director of the company’s San Francisco office for four years.  In 2010, Ms. Toft opened the firm’s San Diego office, which has ranked the #1 firm in the Sanford Rose Associates® network of 50 offices globally for the past two years.  In May of 2013, Sanford Rose Associates® – San Diego was honored with the Athena San Diego PINNACLE Award for supporting women in leadership roles in life sciences.  Last year, 43% of the company’s placed candidates were women, up from 31% in 2011.

Richard Carter, Ph.D., former owner of Sanford Rose Associates® – San Francisco and CEO of SRA International (2005-2011), will remain an active search consultant and advisor to the Toft Group.  Dr. Carter is excited about this transition stating, “Our clients and candidates will receive the most benefit from merging our two successful Life Science executive search practices and our networks.  Robin and I both believe in building outstanding leadership teams for our clients.  Bringing our networks together will provide our clients with what they need – the ability to find the highest quality candidates far more efficiently than with other firms in our industry.”

Sanford Rose Associates® – Toft Group (  is committed to filling mid to executive-level management positions exclusively in biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. Sanford Rose Associates® – Toft Group is the top performing Life Sciences focused executive search firm within the global Sanford Rose Associates® network, which has 50 offices worldwide and is a member of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF).  We can help bring “A-players” to your organization- please contact us below:

Robin Toft, President and CEO, at (858) 546-4801 [email protected]