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Brian Fox

Senior PartnerNew Jersey

Guides healthcare companies as they seek ways to improve profitability and grow, often through innovative product launch, marketing, sales, and market access initiatives


As the global leader of the Marketing & Sales group within our Life Sciences Practice, Brian focuses on crucial issues facing companies in this sector when launching products and services or looking for other strategic sources of growth. He has worked with a broad range of clients, including those who make the products—branded and non-branded pharmaceutical companies, personal care, and medical product manufacturers—and those who establish the market: distributors, pharmacy benefit managers, and retail pharmacies.

Brian works with executives to successfully market on digital platforms, engage consumers, evaluate marketing budgets, build marketing capability, and design the marketing organization. He applies creative strategic insights to boost performance across the value chain, from manufacturing to retail. And he helps identify new sources of growth, through acquisition or expansion.

Examples of his work include:

  • assisting a leading specialty pharmaceutical company in launching a major new antidepressant drug
  • leading strategy development, go-to-market planning, and reorganization efforts for a top medical products manufacturer and distributor
  • supporting a top-10 pharmaceutical company with due diligence and the announcement of a major acquisition
  • creating a growth strategy and operations scaling plan for a mail pharmacy, including the redesign of its online pharmacy
  • creating a long-range strategic plan for a leading generic pharmaceutical company, addressing all markets and functions
  • guiding a retail pharmacy to expand into specialty drugs and new services.

In addition to his work at McKinsey, Brian is a member of Google’s Healthcare Advisory Board, where he and other industry leaders explore innovative digital marketing strategies. He has also served as a judge for the marketing awards competition sponsored by Medical Marketing & Media.

Published work

A ‘GOLD standard’ in brand growth for Japan’s pharmaceutical market,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

COVID-19 and commercial pharma: Navigating an uneven recovery,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Closing the digital gap in pharma,” McKinsey & Company, November 2016

Transforming pharma commercial models in the age of the digital citizen,” McKinsey & Company, September 2016

How pharma companies can better understand patients,” McKinsey & Company, May 2016

How medical-device manufacturers can transform marketing and sales capabilities,” McKinsey & Company, March 2014

Past experience

SpeechWorks International
Product marketing manager

Fletcher Spaght Inc.
Research associate


Northwestern University, Kellogg School of MBA Management

Harvard University
BA, social psychology (magna cum laude)