Connecting People with Purpose

About Us

Liftstream is applying its expertise in corporate governance, leadership and organisational culture to provide our life sciences clients with people strategies that propel sustainable success. Our Board Advisory, Executive Search, and Human Capital Consulting services unlock valuable strategic and operational opportunities.

Human ingenuity is core to scientific discovery. People possess the necessary human qualities to select and advance life sciences innovations capable of transforming human health. Liftstream, since 2004, has provided leadership and human capital services and solutions internationally to companies working on pioneering breakthroughs in global human health.

Our Mission:

To create a working world where people with diverse perspectives, experiences, and knowledge can achieve their full potential in driving scientific and technological innovation for human health.

Our Approach

We offer a creative and tailored approach for identifying and attracting skilled and impactful leaders crucial to life science companies. Our industry experience enables us to respond to a wide range of client needs and implement effective strategies that yield superior outcomes.

We are valued for our ability to create client opportunities that will attract exceptional leaders motivated by advancing science, helping patients, making a difference, and aligning them with the client’s unique mission.

Our extensive networks reach people throughout the global marketplace, increasing the breadth and diversity of talent our clients can access.


Flexible, Bold, Collaborative


Strong track record of creating value for clients

Our company has a proven track record of delivering results that create value for our clients. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge in our respective fields, which allows us to provide effective solutions to complex challenges. We pride ourselves on our ability to identify our clients’ needs and tailor our approach to suit their unique requirements. Our commitment to delivering results has earned us a reputation as a trusted partner to our clients.

Provide valuable advice and guidance

Our clients trust us to give them the advice, guidance, and support they need to succeed. We take the time to understand our clients’ businesses, goals, and challenges. This allows us to provide them with tailored solutions addressing their needs. Our commitment to our clients is unwavering, and we work tirelessly to ensure their success.

Improve ideas for the best outcome

We believe there is always room for improvement, and we are not afraid to challenge ideas to achieve the best possible outcome. We encourage our clients to think creatively and outside the box, and we work with them to develop innovative solutions that address their unique challenges. We are passionate about what we do, and we thrive on tackling complex problems and finding new and better ways to solve them.

International approach and networks

Our outlook, approach, and networks are truly international. Our global perspective allows us to see beyond borders and across industries. We have a deep understanding of the complexities of the global business environment, and we use this knowledge to provide our clients with the insights and advice they need to succeed in the global marketplace. Our international networks are vast and diverse, and we use them to connect our clients with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

Data driven decisions and actions

We are committed to making informed decisions rooted in data and knowledge and applying this approach to give our clients distinct advantages. Our experts are well-versed in the latest research and industry trends, and we use this knowledge to guide our clients in the right direction. We can provide our clients with the best possible outcomes by basing our actions on qualified insights.

Bridging network inefficiencies

We recognize that personal networks can create market inefficiencies that can negatively impact our client’s success. That’s why we are committed to addressing these inefficiencies by providing our clients access to a diverse range of resources and opportunities. We work to connect our clients with the right people, organisations, and networks to help them succeed. By leveraging our global network and expertise, we can help our clients overcome the limitations of personal networks and achieve success in the marketplace.

Experts in diversity, equity and inclusion

Our company is globally recognized for its expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We have years of experience working with organizations of all sizes and industries to develop and implement effective diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. We use a data-driven approach to help our clients identify areas for improvement and create tailored solutions that address their unique needs. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is unwavering, and we strive to create a world where everyone is valued and respected equally.

HIDDEN Our Core Beliefs: Human Capital is of material value to every company and needs to be managed actively and effectively. Skilled and motivated leaders can disproportionately impact a business when given access to good opportunities. Human endeavour is the single most significant contributor to innovation. Organisational culture is the living embodiment of the people who enrich it by fully participating and contributing their best without pressure to conform. Company success is determined by how a company contributes to improving the lives of employees and stakeholders and to society, not only by financial performance. When fully included, employees from underrepresented communities contribute to building stronger and more innovative companies.

Karl Simpson – CEO

Karl is CEO of Liftstream, a company he founded in 2004 to deliver executive search and board services to the life sciences sector. He has led Liftstream to become a trusted partner in the life sciences sector in Europe and the US market and a recognised leader in championing diversity, equity and inclusion.

Karl has 30 years of experience advising investors, boards and executive management on leadership and human capital strategies in high-innovation markets in Europe and the US, and has worked in pharma and life sciences since first being involved with the industry in 1999.

Karl is the founder of Bioscience & Investor Inclusion Group, now Ignite VC, which was a collaborative industry coalition to actively address the DE&I challenges in life sciences venture capital and innovator companies. He continues to serve as an advisory board member. Karl is also the founder of BioDirector, the largest diverse international community of board directors serving innovative healthcare companies.


Karl served as Chairman of the Association of Executive Recruiters from 2017-2020, and on the board from 2013.

He served on the board of the Women’s Business Council – MACA (UK Government Equalities Office) from 2015-2020 and acts as an advisor to a range of organisations on issues of corporate governance, leadership and diversity. Karl was named on the UK’s 2018 Men As Change Agents Power List to recognise his commitment to gender equality.

Karl was co-founder and executive director of Bioinsource from 2001-2003, a company that provided recruiting services in life sciences which merged with James Harvard (Hays Plc). He was formerly involved in creating a leading international technology recruiting firm that was acquired by a UK public company in 1999.

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Our Clients

Our clients are universally focused on creating breakthrough innovations in life sciences to improve patients’ lives. Liftstream has the expertise to help our clients find and empower impactful leaders, giving them a competitive advantage. We work with clients in the life sciences industry, from start-ups to multinational companies, across Europe and the US. We are adaptable to meet each client’s unique needs.



Medical Technologies and Devices

Digital Health, Data Science and A.I

We’ve worked with clients and partners in 20+ countries