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Rajesh Parekh

Senior PartnerBay Area

Serves leading biopharmaceuticals and medical products companies on corporate strategy, R&D strategy and transformation, commercial model transformation, and large-scale M&A

Based in the Bay Area, Rajesh leads the strategy and corporate finance domain for our Life Sciences Practice. He has supported companies across the healthcare sector on topics such as M&A, growth strategy, business building, market access, and R&D transformation. Since Rajesh joined the firm just over 25 years ago, his clients have included leading pharmaceutical and medical-device companies, insurance companies, distributors, and private-equity investors.

Among recent examples of his work, he helped a global biopharmaceutical company drive an enterprise refresh of corporate strategy and functional transformation to deliver against new strategy and aspirations.

Raj was previously based in our Shanghai office and was head of McKinsey's Life Science Practice in Asia–Pacific and continues to support leading life-sciences clients in China and India.

Published work

Life sciences M&A shows new signs of life,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

The Helix report: Is biopharma wired for future success?,” McKinsey & Company, October 2022

Reimagining medtech for a COVID-19 world,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

Past experience

Research assistant


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
PhD, chemical engineering

University of California, San Diego
BS, chemical engineering