Michael Barros



Michael Barros is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of Prestige Scientific. He focuses on executive search and cultural assessment, advising both private and publicly listed pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He specializes in physician search as well as other clinical R&D senior management assignments across the globe with offices in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Amsterdam.


Recent Client Experience

Michael’s assignments include the build-out of his exclusive client’s development functions with the placement of their Chief Medical Officer, Sr. Medical Director, Senior Medical Director Pharmacovigilance, Head Clinical Operations, Head Biostatistics & Data Management, and Director Medical Writing. Other recently retained assignments include the successful placement of a Chief Medical Officer who will provide overarching leadership to the company’s current and future pipeline compromised of an entirely new class of immune/oncology therapies. Also a Vice President, Clinical Development to lead the development of life-changing gene therapies for patients with severe neurological diseases, and a Vice President Medical Affairs hired to build an MSL team and implement launch strategy.


Previous Experience

Prior to launching Prestige Scientific in 2001, Michael led and managed a Massachusetts office of an established Chicago-based search firm with 16 offices across the U.S.


“Michael is a very capable professional with whom I have worked in a number of capacities, beginning with his recruiting me to my current position (at a time when I had other offers on the table). This is quite likely the best position I’ve had in my long career, and everything he told me about this opportunity has been confirmed. After having joined the company, I also have used him to recruit key positions for our organization, and he has been among the best recruiting professionals I’ve dealt with in not wasting our time. That is, he only identified candidates who would be fully capable of doing the job and importantly also represented a good fit with our culture and personalities of our team members. He has provided multiple excellent candidates that gave us strong alternatives among whom to choose. Consequently, I plan to continue employing his skills for the several positions we are looking to fill in the future.”

— Chief Medical Officer

“Prestige and Mike Barros have become my #1 resource agency. Mike provides a detailed profile on each person he submits, allowing me to know the candidate before we have even met. Prestige works with a sense of urgency and keeps my “time to fill” in tact. The people that I have hired from Mike have all been major contributors in the company . It is clear to me, that Prestige maintains the same high standards that I expect.”

— Head, Human Resources

“I had the pleasure of working with Mike during my recent exploration of a new career opportunity in biotech/pharma. He reached out to me about a new position at a growing company, and provided excellent and timely communication, helpful information about the company, guidance about the interview and hiring process, and sage advice about how to consider an offer (or counteroffer). He was proactive with help but never intrusive or pushy, was low-key and personable, and was a great advocate during the negotiation process to close the deal. He took me from being unfamiliar with the company through being excited about accepting an offer, while being patient with the emotional twists and turns that go with working through a major career move. I would highly recommend Mike as a recruiter who is great to work with, and one whose professionalism can be counted on.”

— Senior Medical Director

“Mike was a great professional, very responsive, honest and always very professional in our interactions. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, and High Integrity.”

— Senior Medical Director

“Michael is extremely skilled at fitting the right job opportunity to the right candidate. He is also very gifted in matching company’s personality to candidate’s personality, thus assuring the best fit for all parties involved.”

— Senior Medical Director, Clinical Development

“I worked under Michael Barros. It was an exciting time, and Mike provided the kind of outstanding management and leadership that drives and motivates a team. His excellent rapport with both clients and colleagues alike earned him a stellar reputation in the field of executive consultancy. As the present owner of the esteemed Prestige Scientific, Mike has once again brought together an outstanding team of professionals, and I would not hesitate to recommend his expertise to any company looking for top-notch results, dedication, and professionalism in their recruitment efforts.”

— Former Employee

“Thank you very much for your efforts in helping me find and obtain this new opportunity.  I appreciate your candor, professionalism, and efforts on my behalf.  I am very excited to be here.

Best of luck to you in the future.”

                                                                                                        — Senior Medical Director

“Thanks for your work bringing this important hire to us. We love partnering with you!”

                                                                                            — VP Operations

“You are awesome, Michael!  Thank you!!  I am signing the offer letter now.  SIGNED AND DELIVERED!”

                                                                                              — Program Management