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  • Founded: 2006
  • 50+ Employees
  • Estimated $15MM in Revenue
  • Niche: Biopharmaceuticals, Biotechnology
  • Ann Arbor, MI Headquarters

Daicel Arbor Biosciences is a development and manufacturing company founded by scientists to serve their peers in molecular biology applications.

Daicel Arbor Biosciences is a passionate organization of scientists, determined to deliver cost-effective, user-friendly products to genetics and synthetic biology researchers. The team at Daicel Arbor Biosciences prides itself on providing exceptional customer service and timely technical support to new or advanced users on their array of products. Daicel routinely collaborates with its customers and research partners to develop innovative solutions addressing unique applications.


Daicel Arbor Biosciences needed a strong succession candidate (for Chiral Technologies/Arbor Biosciences) to take over for their President, who was being promoted. With big shoes to fill, the company needed a candidate with a superior track record of steadfast leadership who understood how to lead a highly technical organization involved in the study of genetics and synthetic biology. The ideal candidate would set a course for company strategy through great company culture, inspiring executive team leadership, and establishing a great working relationship with the board of directors.


Ropella leveraged its ideal leadership hiring model, the SMART Search System®, to launch a search and, within weeks, had a pool of best-in-class candidates with extensive niche business experience, including responsibility for production, marketing, pricing, purchasing, and supply chain from a highly targeted list of molecular biology companies. Ropella quickly sourced a highly specialized candidate for Daicel who impressed the firm as a “perfect fit” to lead their U.S. division (Chiral Technologies/Arbor Biosciences). This person promptly demonstrated the ability to carry out organizational procedures and goals (and policies), while overseeing the company's budgetary and financial activities.



Custom-created for Daicel Arbor Biosciences, the Opportunity Marketing Piece attracted passive (employed and not looking) candidates from a select group of highly targeted companies. The Opportunity Marketing Piece enabled Ropella's Executive Search Consultants to present a world-class overview of Daicel Arbor Biosciences, the new President’s unique challenges, and the incredible opportunity to work in a fast-moving, open, and transparent environment focused on excellence. 



This custom-created Skill Survey equipped Ropella’s Executive Search Consultants to effectively gather information from a large pool of candidates. This step was critical to identify and select the most qualified A-players for final submission. 



Ropella thoughtfully scored all candidates during the screening and interview process using a custom-created Scorecard. These scores determined each candidate’s skills and experience, cultural dynamic, management style, compensation, relocation fit, and other attributes.



Ropella’s proprietary Compensation Comparison Calculator compiles a variety of complex compensation factors into a concise Offer Strategy Summary, ensuring that clients don’t lose the perfect candidate to ineffective “negotiations” and/or a current employer counteroffer or other “competing” offers. 



Ropella identified and engaged with 363 prospects on behalf of Daicel Arbor Biosciences. From there, Ropella submitted 7 candidates, 7 of whom were interviewed. 


With multiple A-player candidates interviewed through an in-depth interview and assessment process, the top five candidates were identified. Ultimately, Daicel Arbor Biosciences utilized Ropella’s Compensation Comparison Calculator and supporting Offer Strategy Summary to bridge a gap and creatively secure their ideal leadership candidate. This role will continue to strengthen the great company culture, provide inspired leadership to the executive team, establish a great working relationship with the board of directors, and set a course for company strategy.

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