The Fastest Growing Firms, 2015: Polaris



Ranked: #40
Revenue Growth: 52%

Polaris helps Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Medical Device Companies to be compliant with laws and regulations in and outside the U.S. The firm provides best-in-class compliance solutions.

“The world’s largest life sciences companies rely on us to achieve their health care compliance goals, to add value to their bottom lines and to always know what’s next,” says Andy Bender, President and Founder of Polaris. “With proven global expertise in providing insightful consulting, strategic business process optimization and technology solutions, we’re the world’s leader in innovative, end-to-end compliance services for life sciences companies.”

Only Polaris specializes exclusively in consulting and technology solutions for life sciences healthcare law compliance so it is uniquely positioned to assist our customers to increase efficiency, mitigate risk and improve patient safety, says Bender.

With a 52 percent growth rate, Polaris is ranked No. 40 on Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms. Bender sat down with Consulting to discuss the firm’s financial performance.

Consulting: What were the main factors that contributed to your exceptional growth?

Bender: For us, it is the government regulation the pharmaceutical market, as well as international growth and expansion. The additions of new products to our business and the expansion of our technology offering are also getting a lot of traction. As a consulting firm, you need to have developed roots in technology in order to survive in this market.

Consulting: How is 2015 shaping up for your firm?

Bender: Governments keep regulating, which is generating a lot of business for us. We are experiencing strong growth in all areas, including internationally, as well as strong growth in technology, allowing for a more efficient way of dealing with regulation.

Consulting: How would you describe your firm’s outlook for 2016? Where do you see the most opportunities?

Bender: Very good with more than 30 percent growth forecasted. And like I said, most opportunities are international.

Consulting: What do you see as the biggest challenges for your firm in 2016?

Bender: Our challenges include access to people and qualified staff to grow and scale the business, as well as access to capital to grow the business, and capitalize on the growth opportunities.

Consulting: What does being named one of Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms mean to your firm, your employees and your clients?

Bender: For our firm, it’s recognition that we are doing something right, and that our clients are recognizing us. For our employees, we would not have been able to grow without our employees. They provide us with the intellectual capital, and creative ideas that we need to grow, develop our service offering and be number one in the market. For them it’s recognition that they are doing their job well. Finally, for our clients, it means they are partnering with a firm that is successful, and for them it’s recognition that they are betting on the right horse.