About Laura

Laura is a leader within the Healthcare Systems & Services Practice. She serves healthcare clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical-device, and payor sectors across Asia, Europe, and the United States. She is also coleader of the firm’s North American innovation work across industries.

Laura has recently worked on engagements focused on commercial optimization of multiple pharmaceutical clients, including sales-force, marketing, gross-to-net, distribution, and patient- and physician-support services. She also works with payors, providers, and manufacturers to reduce overall healthcare costs and improve quality, including strategies for creating and partnering with accountable care organizations, consumer-driven health exchanges, and optimizing operations. Her work also spans innovation-transformation partnerships across healthcare, high tech, automotive, insurance, consumer, and not-for-profit foundations, including establishing clear innovation vision and aspiration, ensuring effective operating models to deliver internal and external solutions, and developing new product and service concepts.

Beyond client service, Laura is the leader of McKinsey’s annual West Coast Women’s Summit (keynote speakers include Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and Sheryl Sandberg). She has authored publications in journals, including Nature, and speaks regularly at healthcare-industry and women’s-leadership conferences. Laura also serves on multiple boards, including the America Diabetes Association and Seven Hills School.

Published work

The outlook for personalized medicine,” (PDF—7.46 MB), McKinsey & Company, March 2013

The microeconomics of personalized medicine, a compendium published by McKinsey’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices R&D Practice, February 2010

What drives success for specialty pharmaceuticals?,” Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, July 2008


Stanford University, School of Medicine
PhD, biology

Harvard University
AB, biology