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Nav helps lead the McKinsey Center for Government’s work with regulatory agencies. He brings to his clients deep business expertise in operations, business development, and risk. An expert in the use of Six Sigma methodologies for product development and process design, Nav holds 15 patents. Among recent examples of his work, Nav helped a government regulator develop new processes for knowledge management, continuous improvement, and scientific dissent.

In the private sector, Nav leads our Pharmaceutical & Medical Products Practice in North America. He recently helped a pharmaceutical client save $100 million through a new clinical sourcing strategy, worked with a contract research organization to enhance its operating margin by 50 percent, and helped a professional services firm quantify and mitigate enterprise risk. Nav is also spearheading McKinsey’s knowledge initiatives on R&D productivity in the pharmaceutical industry.

Prior to joining McKinsey in 2001, Nav was a laboratory manager at General Electric, where he helped design manufacturing processes and develop new polymeric materials and nano-materials. In addition to a PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Minnesota, Nav has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS from Indian Institute of Technology.

Published work

What’s driving the surge in new drug approvals?” McKinsey & Company, November 2013

New frontiers in pharma R&D investment,” McKinsey Quarterly, February 2010

Using IT to speed up clinical trials,” McKinsey Quarterly, July 2007

Why drugs fall short in late-stage trials,” McKinsey Quarterly, November 2006

Past experience
General Electric R&D manager
General Electric Staff scientist
Education
University of Minnesota PhD in chemical engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic University MBA
Indian Institute of Technology BTech in chemical engineering and engineering

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