BCG helps biopharma companies fulfill their mission of delivering life-changing medicines and therapies, and take advantage of new technologies—including digital, data, and advanced analytics—in order to unlock innovation and bring new medicines to market faster.

Biopharma companies turn inspiration into innovation, discovering new medicines that improve and save lives—and they’re in the midst of transforming how they do it. The global pandemic has pushed digital, data, and analytics to the forefront of the industry, shortening the time it takes to develop new medicines and bring them to patients. Next-generation capabilities are driving more rapid and effective manufacturing and supply chains. They’re also enabling the swift redesign of networks, the creation of new commercial models and patient-engagement ventures, and the pursuit of new value-creation opportunities through M&A. BCG’s biopharma consulting experts work with companies to accelerate all of these changes, building a foundation for strong growth and sustained value creation.

How We Enable Biopharma Excellence

We support clients in every aspect of biopharma excellence, including strategy, operations, and transformation. Increasingly, this means focusing on digital, data, and analytics, which are driving change throughout the biopharma value chain. BCG provides biopharma sector companies with custom solutions drawn from our deep knowledge of both digital and the industry. Our experts include an extensive group of PhDs and advanced-degree holders in biopharma industry-related disciplines with significant pre-consulting industry experience.

R&D Innovation

Next-Generation Commercial Models

Excellence in Operations

Corporate Finance, Strategy, and M&A

Digital and Analytics Capabilities

Our biopharma consultants work closely BCG’s specialty businesses on specific value-chain priorities, including digital supply chain, next-generation sales, personalization, and digital marketing. With our guidance, companies can rapidly scale new capabilities and ways of working through agile at scale, data and digital platforms, and our Build-Operate-Transfer approach. We collaborate with BCG GAMMA on projects that require applied data science and advanced analytics, and with BCG Digital Ventures to launch new businesses.

Our Client Work in the Biopharma Industry

Bayer's Journey to Operational Excellence

The company identified data-driven solutions that not only boost efficiency but can be converted into systemic change and scaled throughout the global business.

Pfizer’s Formula for Agile in Pharma

Jim Riley reveals how the company applied agile principles and frameworks within its highly regulated and structured environment, breaking down silos and significantly accelerating product delivery.

Our Proprietary Biopharma Solutions

Integrated into our biopharma industry solutions are an array of proprietary tools, including benchmarks, databases, and other knowledge assets. Some highlights:


The Disease Deep Dive Navigator data-mining tool provides up-to-date market intelligence on developments in seven therapy areas. Clients use dashboards to track activity by therapy, company, R&D pipeline, and clinical trials.


The Biopharma M&A Suite is a series of tools that clients can use to identify potential products or technologies that could be a good match for their current or future portfolio and capabilities.


The BCOMM Benchmark is a database of key metrics for European and US industry players that helps clients optimize their own commercial organizational structure and operating models. It includes organizational productivity ratios by geography and function, resource strength, and activity allocation by geography.


The External Supply Benchmark is a database of external supply metrics for outsourcing manufacturing operations to third-party suppliers, including data on corporate portfolio and performance, organization and operating models, and tech transfers. BCG hosts an annual companion event with top biopharma industry suppliers.


The Yield Optimization Tool Model compiles sensor and process data and then applies machine learning to predict and optimize biopharma manufacturing yield based on key drivers.


The Real-Time Demand Forecasting tool is part of the BCG Lighthouse high-frequency data and analytics platform. It uncovers rapid shifts in demand and source of demand, allowing for dynamic planning and resource allocation. Forecasts for trends come from sophisticated proprietary models and data visualization.

Our Insights on the Biopharma Industry


New Drug Modalities 2023

BCG’s new annual report identifies the modalities that are progressing most rapidly and those that hold the greatest promise for patient outcomes and company revenues.

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