Kara Coluccio Bern

Kara Coluccio Bern joined Perspective as a Partner in 2018. She leads the firm’s biopharma R&D practice. Prior to Perspective, Kara founded and led Ivy Advisors, LLC for five years as a boutique, retained executive search firm recruiting executives across the research and development continuum for companies at all stages along the R&D spectrum. Prior to Ivy Advisors, Kara spent nine years in life sciences executive search with Russell Reynolds Associates and Catalyst Advisors, specializing in R&D executive and Board searches. Kara takes a science-centric approach to recruiting, providing clients and candidates current and historical industry context for matching rarified talent with highly specific roles.

Prior to her search career, Kara worked in healthcare public relations with Porter Novelli, supporting accounts for Amgen/Wyeth and Merck/Schering Plough joint-ventures. Prior to that, Kara was with the Washington, D.C.-based health policy think tank AcademyHealth, managing a multi-million-dollar grant portfolio and developing policy seminars for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Kara’s additional experience includes work with PhRMA’s International Affairs division, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Ethics Advisory Board, Tufts Health Plan’s Government Affairs division and Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Marketing and Planning Department.

Kara received her B.A., cum laude, in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.E., Master’s in Bioethics, from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.

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