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Brindan Suresh


Brindan Suresh


Leads McKinsey’s Life Sciences Practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland with expertise across the value chain, from R&D and medical affairs to commercial, alongside expertise in healthcare systems and services, strategy, and organizational issues


Brindan works primarily in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors with leading health systems and innovator pharmaceutical and medical-device companies in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He is also a geographical leader in Australia for the McKinsey Health Institute, a non-profit-generating entity within the firm that aspires to catalyze action to add 45 billion years of higher-quality life for all people around the world.

Brindan focuses on strategy and organizational issues in both the R&D and commercial space, and frequently works at the intersection of the two as he coleads our medical-affairs work globally. He works on a range of issues, helping organizations take a more “science forward, patient back” perspective. This includes recent work helping to set the long-range strategies of a number of clients, the application of digital and analytics across the pharmaceutical value chain, and applying our latest thinking on maximizing talent and leadership across the industry.

Brindan convenes our cross-industry medical-affairs leader roundtable and regularly presents our insights at industry gatherings on innovation-related topics. He also worked as a physician before joining McKinsey.

Published work

The COVID-19 vaccines are here: What comes next?,” McKinsey & Company, December 2020

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

How pharma manufacturers can enhance their medical information teams,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Medical affairs: Key imperatives for engaging and educating physicians in a digital world,” McKinsey & Company, May 2018

Past Experience

Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney
Registrar in psychiatry

Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Senior resident medical officer

Bain & Company, Australia
Research assistant


University of Sydney
BA, government