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Delphine Nain Zurkiya

Partner, Boston
Counsels leading pharmaceutical and medical-device companies on strategy, R&D, and marketing

About Delphine

Delphine is one of the leaders of the firm’s North America Life Sciences Practice, with a focus and passion for counseling leading pharmaceutical and medical-device companies on strategy, R&D, and marketing.

Examples of her client work include the following:

  • helping a large healthcare company with its R&D transformation, focusing on accelerating time to market for assets in the pipeline and improving life-cycle management
  • supporting a product-launch strategy for a medical-device company, resulting in accelerating peak sales in the first six months of launch through improved customer segmentation, targeting, and value proposition
  • developing a corporate strategy that identifies a focused set of commercial and operational initiatives to double enterprise value for a medical-products company
  • supporting a tactical pricing-improvement program that yielded $100 million in profit in the first 18 months for a medical-products company

Prior to joining McKinsey, Delphine worked as a research scientist in the medical-devices group at a global research foundation and as a research software engineer in a hospital’s surgical planning research laboratory (SPL). At the SPL, Delphine was one of the founding engineers of the open-source software 3D Slicer, a widely used medical-visualization application funded by the National Institutes of Health.

In her PhD thesis, Delphine developed novel machine-learning algorithms to aid medical diagnosis. In graduate school, she was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation International Affairs Fellowship and studied international developments in IT and related public-policy issues. She is the author of more than 20 articles in scholarly journals and professional magazines and has edited books in the fields of computer science, biomedical engineering, and public policy.

Past Experience

Research scientist

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Research software engineer


Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD, computer science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MEng, computer science, electrical engineering
BS, computer science, electrical engineering