Insights on Life Sciences


Four ways pharma companies can make their supply chains more resilient

– Pharmaceutical supply chains have become global and complex. With more outsourcing, new modalities, and novel ways to reach patients, it’s critical to ensure that they can withstand shocks.

The rise of digital marketing in medtech

– Digital marketing offers medtech companies powerful ways to personalize engagement with healthcare professionals and respond to... their changing needs.

Pfizer’s mix of science and grit alters the course of its COVID-19 response

– Angela Hwang, Pfizer’s head of biopharmaceuticals, talks about breaking new ground when the pressure is on—and how... having a deep company heritage can help.

Moderna’s path to vaccine innovation: A talk with CEO Stéphane Bancel

– Moderna’s delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine comes on the heels of revolutionary science that may accelerate innovation across... the industry well into the future.

A new IT operating model to better serve employees

– In this interview, Johnson & Johnson’s CIO of Corporate Technology explains how IT transformed the employee experience—and... itself— with a digital-product mindset.

Infographic: Biotech in Europe: Driving the next act

– How can biotechs and investors succeed in the future? To scale up innovation, industry stakeholders need to focus on several key... areas.

Infographic: The McKinsey Biotech Innovation Index

– Europe may be catching up with the United States in biotech innovation and funding. Its overall score on the Biotech Innovation... Index improved by 20 percent in 2015–17 and 2018–20.

Infographic: Capital landscape for European biotechs is maturing, but it continues to trail the United States

– Europe’s biotech sector has made meaningful progress in attracting capital. However, raising more capital will be essential... to the continued growth of this sector.

Infographic: Building the European biotech sector with world-class science and innovation

– Europe is a powerhouse in scientific publishing with roughly twice the output of the United States and three times that of China.

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Future of pharma operations

Pharma companies are experiencing a wave of innovations – from new treatment modalities, to smart machines, advanced analytics, and digital connectivity. This selection of articles presents strategies and insights to capitalize on these innovations and advance quality, efficiency, resilience, and workforce agility in pharma operations. Contact us to learn more.

Coronavirus vaccines progress: What’s next?

The rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccines is having a profound effect on the world. This collection takes a closer look at the development, rollout and future of vaccines.

McKinsey insights on cell and gene therapy

Continuing advances in cell and gene therapy (CGT) are transforming how biopharma companies treat and potentially cure certain diseases. Browse our collection of articles for an in-depth look at the opportunities, challenges, and implications for stakeholders in this fast-evolving field, and explore how McKinsey’s new Digital Capability Center for Cell and Gene Therapy will help biopharma companies accelerate digital transformations in manufacturing and the journey to operational excellence. Contact us to learn more.

The rise of health technology

Health technology continues to push the boundaries of how healthcare is delivered and has the power to create breakthroughs in our understanding of disease. This collection of articles and interviews explores the evolving role of health technology in the life-sciences sector and implications for key stakeholders. Contact us to learn more about our work in this field.

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COVID-19: Implications for business

– Our latest perspectives on the coronavirus outbreak, the twin threats to lives and livelihoods, and how organizations can prepare... for the next normal.

Accelerating pandemic response efforts: An interview with CEPI’s Richard Hatchett

– Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations explains his five-year strategy that... includes reducing vaccine timelines.

Port to patient: Improving country cold chains for COVID-19 vaccines

– In many developing countries, limitations of existing cold chains will provide challenges for COVID-19-vaccine distribution. Strategic... distribution planning and targeted investment can help.

Infographic: Biotech hot spots in a fragmented European landscape

– We mapped out 1,382 biotechs based in Europe and some interesting themes emerged.

How could gene therapy change healthcare in the next ten years?

– Cell and gene therapies are at the forefront of innovation and transforming how we treat and potentially cure certain diseases.... What will the next decade hold for these life-changing therapies?

Roche’s Infinity model: Helping to transform the lives of patients with rare diseases

– Anne Nijs explains how the rare-disease group at Roche Pharmaceuticals pioneered a new model that puts the patient experience... at the center of healthcare innovation and delivery.

Using digital tech to support employees’ mental health and resilience

– Poor mental health takes a heavy toll on individuals and businesses. New digital solutions can help employers provide personalized... support and make well-being a strategic focus for their organization.

Can European biotechs achieve greater scale in a fragmented landscape?

– World-class science and innovation need to be matched with stronger scale-up capabilities and a broader funding base if Europe... is to emerge as a leader in biotech.

The next wave of innovation in photonics

– More end products are integrating lasers with sensors and optics, opening new opportunities for photonics manufacturers.

Sleep on it: Addressing the sleep-loss epidemic through technology

– Sleep deprivation has become a global problem. Can the burgeoning sleep-tech industry provide solutions?

Pharma’s digital Rx: Quantum computing in drug research and development

– Quantum computing’s ability to simulate larger, more complex molecules could be game changing. Pharmaceutical companies... should reflect on their strategic stance to this promising new technology now.
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