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Michael Steinmann

Senior Partner, Zurich
Focuses on helping organizations connect their R&D and commercial operations to achieve excellence in product development and innovation-driven growth

About Michael

Based in Zurich, Michael is a member of McKinsey’s Life Sciences Practice. Having spent some time on transfer to our New York office, he has a deep understanding of the global nature of the R&D function. He serves pharmaceutical and chemical companies in Europe, the United States, and Asia, and is a core member of our global R&D interest group.

In addition to working on business strategy and large-scale organizational transformations, Michael has developed a special interest in helping companies optimize the interface between their commercial and R&D divisions to produce better and more innovative products and solutions. For one recent project, he helped a major pharma company restructure its global R&D organization to improve productivity, increase investment in external innovation, and maximize the value from products along their entire lifecycle.

Michael also supports pharma companies with cross-border merger management, helping leaders to capture value beyond the planned synergies by pursuing the new business opportunities that a deal presents. In addition, he has extensive experience of helping organizations with change management and the cultural aspects of integration that can determine the long-term success of a merger.

Outside the pharmaceutical industry, Michael has worked on business unit strategy, geographic expansion strategy, research, and product development as well as organization design in the agrochemicals sector. He helped one client to grow the business by breaking down barriers between divisions to facilitate the development of integrated products.

Michael is the partner sponsor of recruiting for McKinsey in Sweden.

Published work

Fast-forward: Will the speed of COVID-19 vaccine development reset industry norms?,” McKinsey & Company, May 2021

The pursuit of excellence in new-drug development,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019

Value-driven drug development: Unlocking the value of your pipeline,” McKinsey & Company (PDF–293 KB)


University of St Gallen, Switzerland
Masters in business economics

Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
CEMS masters in international management