Michael Terretti -President & Managing Partner [email protected]  Would you like to schedule a time to talk?



Coastal Search Associates, LLC is a boutique executive search firm dedicated to Life Science, Technology and Healthcare related industries. We offer clients a strong level of expertise and an unprecedented level of service not received from larger firms.  The main goal is providing companies with outstanding service by sourcing high-quality candidates who fit well from both a job responsibility as well as a cultural aspect. 

Having Personally worked in the Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Diagnostics, Medical Device and Laboratory Service Industries enables us to better understand the needs of our clients and candidates. This makes us better equipped to offer the level of service that is expected in the Life Science industry.

We are based Wilmington, North Carolina and have a national list of clients; with a majority of the clients located in North America. Our client companies range from early stage, venture capital-backed medical device and biotech companies to fully integrated, multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers.

In healthcare services, our clients include clinical laboratories. We have completed engagements across all functional areas for Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Diagnostics and Medical Device companies throughout the US and Europe.

The firm is headed by Michael Terretti who has more than 17 years of search experience in the Life Science, Technology and Healthcare related industries. Previously he was Executive VP and Managing Director of the Life Science Practice at MRI-Raleigh in Raleigh NC. During his tenure he achieved numerous awards for his performance. He was named by MRINetwork Worldwide  the top individual Producer of the last decade in the Pharmaceutical Technical sector and one of the Top 10 Worldwide in overall Production.

Since 1999, Mr. Terretti’s focus has been the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries. He also works in selected segments of Information Technology (ERP and Bioinformatics), Private Equity/Venture Capital & Healthcare. 

He has over 25 years of Domestic and International General Management, Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing and Sales Management in Clinical Diagnostics, Toxicology, Biomedical Instrumentation, Biotechnology, Environmental Testing, Genetic Testing and Drug Testing markets with P&L responsibility.

His executive management background in the above focused industries provides you the seasoned experience and knowledge of understanding your needs and business. His breadth of experience permits him to analyze the course of action, which will best maximize and facilitate his client’s objectives. His successful record as an Executive Recruiter demonstrates his ability to be analytical, tenacious and a consistent achiever of his client’s goals.

Mr. Terretti has a formal Biomedical/Technical background (Chemistry and Immunology) integrated with extensive Biotech/Healthcare business experience. This is the winning formula that his client’s find invaluable in Business and Technical Searches.