Guidepoint is one of the larger expert networks and operates a standard business model. It was founded in 2003 by Albert Sebag, an organic chemist that had “developed a deep Rolodex of the world’s leading physicians” (link).
In June 2020, Guidepoint had 800+ employees working across 14 offices in 9 countries. Its expert database contained 650 000+ unique experts and was second only to GLG’s expert network. Several members of the Guidepoint leadership team went on to establish their own expert network firms, the most recent example being FirstThought founded in 2020.
Even though expert phone consultations remain the core service provided by Guidepoint, the firm also offers a wide range of other expertise services:
- Guidepoint Insights (a product similar to Third Bridge’s Forum) offers subscribers the possibility to attend teleconferences and live meetings with top-tier experts, the transcripts of which are later available in the Insights Library;
- Guidepoint Legal Solutions team (similar to GLG Law) helps clients to find expert witnesses meeting their litigation needs;
- Unlike other large expert networks, Guidepoint also has a wide offering of quantitative data products under the name of QSIGHT. The service provides clients with almost real-time information on actual spend, market growth, pricing dynamics and market share shifts among manufacturers in different key industries.
Guidepoint – major milestones
2003 – Founded in New York City as Clinical Advisors.
2007 – Rebranded as Guidepoint Global.
2009 – Acquired Vista Research, one of the first expert networks, for $10-13m. Employees at Vista had started the competing networks Primary Insight and Ridgetop Research, and later also Mosaic Research.
2011 – Mentioned in relation to an insider trading case, but not accused of any wrongdoing.
2015 – Acquired Innosquared, a German expert network with a strong presence in Europe.
2019 – Inex One identified Guidepoint as a global leader in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.
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