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Lab Support

An international leader in the biotechnology staffing industry, Lab Support places science, engineering and preclinical professionals in contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire opportunities.

A division of On Assignment based in Calabasas, Calif., Lab Support has offices around the country and in Canada and Europe. Like all its locations, its office in West Des Moines, Iowa, serves a variety of industries and institutions such as biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, environmental, chemical, consumer care, clinical laboratories, hospitals, universities and municipalities.

What makes the company different from other placement firms is that Lab Support’s recruiting consultants are experts in the scientific fields they support, according to Chase Pals, account executive.

“Many of our recruiting consultants have degrees in chemistry or biology and have prior experience working in laboratory or scientific research environments. This experience enables us to fully understand our clients' needs, as well as our candidates' capabilities,” said Pals.

The company takes care to build lasting relationships with its customers as it has been doing in its nearly 30 years in the scientific recruiting business. “Additionally, our OSHA certified safety training and our CGMP training truly separate our services,” Pals added.

The West Des Moines office has worked with close to a dozen Nebraska companies just in the past year. For example, the company recently placed a manager of quality control/quality assurance with a large company in the Omaha area that was having some difficulty finding someone with the right fit for its unique and growing team.

At a time when finding qualified personnel, especially for short-term needs, can be a real challenge for life sciences companies, Pals attributes Lab Support’s success to the wide net that it can cast. 

“We work tirelessly, not only with our local clients to discover what their needs are, but also with our multiple branches across the United States — as well as with our international teams when needed — to find the right candidates at the right cost,” Pals said. “We realize that the biggest investment that all companies make is in their staff, and we look forward to working closely with our Bio Nebraska partners.”

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