See original article in Chronicle Herald by James Risdon
Still basking in the glow of landing a first client in China, Dartmouth-based Partner International ’s top exec was honoured Wednesday evening in St. John’s, N.L. as one of the region’s Top 50 CEOs. “I am in amazing company and really honoured to be recognized in this way,” Joanne Ball-Gautschi, Partner International’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement. “Partner International does business all over the globe and we do it from our base in Halifax. We are very proud of that.” The privately-held company does not divulge its revenues. But Mark Regular, the company’s vice-president of business development, said Wednesday that Partner International has offices in the United States, Australia and Switzerland as well as Canada, and business development teams in 26 countries. The firm employs 18 people in its four offices. Earlier this month, the 17-year-old company announced it ha d inked a deal with one of the biggest healthcare groups in China, Shanghai Fosum Pharmaceutical Group. That deal includes business development support for two of the Chinese company’s subsidiaries. The first is a molecule-development company targeting diabetes and cancer, and the other is developing antibody therapies. Partner International’s role will include helping those companies with partnership opportunities and licensing outside China. “Our reputation in the international market helped secure the agreement,” said Ball-Gautschi in a statement. “We have built a solid track record in the life sciences industry delivering results for our international clients.” Partner International works with scientists, researchers, doctors and engineers to bring their technologies to global markets, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. In addition to the recognition she received from Atlantic Business Magazine, Ball-Gautschi has also been recognized by the University of Ottawa as a leading woman entrepreneur. She sat for more than 12 years on the board of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia and was the first woman to hold the board position of executive vice-president.