Research and development industry is a tough one, it's easy to get a list of names online but finding the key connection for potential partners is another 'Lord of the Rings' kind of journey.
Having dug around for 2 years has allowed me to find a few tricks which have led me directly to people of influence within the R&D consulting industry.
One link I found super helpful is the R&D Management Conference, recently held in Paris. For those of you getting into the industry, I would highly recommend combing through the list of thought leaders and reaching out to them.
p.s. I am sure many of you have heard of the 1000 true fans, if not, I would really, really, read this: [Link]