Headwaters Biotech Advisors work with CEOs and other C-suite executives to deliver uniquely individualized programs designed to help biotechnology executives navigate the challenges of leadership and management in today’s complex technical, business, and social environment.

Biotech Headwater

The headwaters of New Zealand’s Tasman Valley


Headwaters helps executives be their best

Headwaters Advisors are discrete confidential advisors who are focused on helping our clients become the best executives they can be. We do this by bringing our experience, our networks, and our insights to bear in a structured process individually customized for each of our clients.

  1. Experience

    All Headwaters Advisors have extensive C-suite resumes. They have built and led organizations and have broad operational and strategic expertise in leadership, fundraising, M&A, and organization building.

  2. Passion

    The Headwaters approach was created with one goal in mind, to take our experience and use it to help mold the biotech leaders of the future. We have built this organization based on what we wish we had available to us when we started our own leadership journeys.

  3. Bespoke

    Our advisors understand that no two executives are alike. Our offerings are customized to the executives and the business situations we encounter. We focus on efficient use of executive time while maximizing the benefits we can bring.


Headwaters mentoring nurtures higher functioning relationships between CEOs and their exec teams, boards, investors, regulators and political stakeholders – improving the bottom line and resulting in improvements in healthcare that benefit millions of people.

Our Beliefs

At Headwaters we build our relationships on a set of fundamental beliefs. These beliefs form the core of our approach to working with our clients

  1. Relationship

    All executives bring unique strengths and have unique areas for growth. To unlock this potential trust is an essential element of our service. We will build trust through careful active listening and a commitment to compassionate and clear feedback.

  2. Commitment

    Advisory relationships require commitment from both the advisor and the advisee. As advisors we commit to investing in long term relationships and pledge to help our clients learn from our experiences and benefit from that acquired wisdom as they progress along their own journey.

  3. Honesty

    We seek to create a safe space with our advisees where we can understand their needs and deliver honest and direct advice on sensitive topics across the business and leadership spectrum.

Craig and the Headwaters team have been great to work with! Collaborating with Craig, Tony, and Jo-Ann has been invaluable. Craig has been an insightful, experienced and effective sounding board. He has helped me and our board navigate many complex issues including board composition, investor strategies, management team effectiveness, and fundraising. His engagement has greatly benefited our organization. Additionally, Tony’s drug discovery and development expertise strengthened our product pipeline, and Jo-Ann helped to enhance executive skills across our senior leadership team.

Maria Palasis, CEO – Lyra Therapeutics