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Alexandra Zemp


Focuses on supporting biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare organizations on accelerating performance across the entire value chain

Alexandra is one of the leaders in McKinsey’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice in Europe. Since joining McKinsey, she has worked extensively in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry across a broad range of topics, such as R&D, medical affairs, growth strategies, organization, operations, marketing and sales, and digital and analytics. She has deep expertise in accelerating the performance of biotech companies across these topics.

Alexandra is passionate about improving the performance of R&D and medical affairs. Her work in the field spans organization design, defining strategies, accelerating asset development, and implementing digital innovation.

Examples of her recent work include the following:

  • helping a clinical-stage biotech accelerate their clinical trial
  • defining the digital strategy and digital lighthouse initiatives for a leading pharmaceutical company
  • focusing on customer experience design to define an innovative go-to-market model for product launch

Alexandra also has extensive experience in organizational transformations. She has led various operating-model transformations and capability-building efforts in large and midsize pharmaceutical companies.

Published Work

A vision for medical affairs 2030: Five priorities for patient impact,” McKinsey & Company, October 2023

Europe’s Bio Revolution: Biological innovations for complex problems,” McKinsey & Company, January 2023.

How the European biotech sector can navigate turbulent times,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Can European biotechs achieve greater scale in a fragmented landscape?,” McKinsey & Company, June 2021

What’s ahead for biotech: Another wave or low tide?,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

A vision for medical affairs in 2025,” McKinsey & Company, June 2019

Past Experience

University of St. Gallen Switzerland
Project manager and research assistant


University of St. Gallen Switzerland
PhD, management, finance
MA, banking and finance
BA, business administration