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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 – 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 – Launched Insights, a product similar to Forum offered by Third Bridge.

2019 – Inex One identified Guidepoint as a global leader in our review of the 2019 expert network market size.

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