2018 Radford Scientific Advisory Board Compensation & Governance Study

Discover how ing life sciences companies attract and retain their advisory boards


For many life sciences companies, their Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) serves as an invaluable resource for management teams and board of directors during the drug development process. These increasingly common and formal groups typically include five to ten industry experts who provide guidance on key clinical and regulatory matters.

Importantly, there is no existing requirement for companies to publicly disclose compensation and governance practices for their scientrific advsiory boards, making it difficult to benchmark board size, practices and pay. Our study addresses all of these issues to provide much needed clarity for life sciences companies looking to attract and retain scientific advisory board members.

The cost to purchase this study is $1,250.

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What's covered in this study?

The 2018 Radford Scientific Advisory Board Compensation & Governance Study provides detailed information on pay and board management practices at both public and private life sciences companies based in the United States. Covered topics include:

Study Overview

  • Summary of Study Particpants
  • Board Size & Meeting Frequency

Public Company Pay Practices

  • Value of Total Cash Compensation
  • Cash Compensation Practices
  • Value of Meeting Fees
  • SAB vs Board of Director Cash Compensation - Members
  • SAB vs Board of Director Cash Compensation - Chairs
  • Value of Equity Compensation
  • Equity Compensation Practices

Private Company Pay Practices

  • Overview of Private Company Compensation

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Who participated in the study?

A total of 97 companies responded to our study, of which 48 reported having one or more Scientific Advsiory Boards. Study participants with boards, who were able to provide information on pay and governance practices, include:

  • Acceleron
  • Achaogen
  • Achillion
  • Aduro
  • Advaxis
  • Agios
  • Aileron
  • Aimmune
  • Alkahest
  • Atara
  • aTyr
  • bluebird
  • Blueprint
  • Coherus
  • Cytokinetics
  • CytomX
  • Deciphera
  • Denali
  • Evelo
  • Foundation
  • G1
  • Histogenics
  • Juniper
  • Juno
  • Leap
  • Natera
  • NovaBay
  • Oncorus
  • Ophthotech
  • Peloton
  • Portola
  • Prolacta
  • Proteostasis
  • Regenxbio
  • Retrophin
  • Rigel
  • Sage
  • Sarepta
  • Selecta
  • SteadyMed
  • Surface Oncology
  • Syndax
  • Tracon
  • Translate Bio
  • United Therapeutics
  • Vivus
  • Voyager
  • Yumanity

Report Pricing

The 2018 Radford Scientific Advisory Board Compensation and Governance Study can be purchased via credit card for $1,250.