Alexander Grunewald, PhD

Global Head, Healthcare Innovation Strategy, Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Alexander leads external innovation in HealthTech at Johnson & Johnson. His team’s focus areas include improving patient outcomes, enhancing wellness of healthy consumers, driving R&D operational advances, and exploring digital therapeutics and genomics.

Alexander began his career in academia, first as a senior postdoctoral scholar in neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology and then as an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He published numerous research articles, led a visual neurophysiology research team, and taught neuroscience to undergraduate and graduate students.

He then transitioned into industry where he led strategy projects for healthcare companies as a health care leader at McKinsey in Los Angeles. From there he joined DestinationRx, a healthcare IT company. Before joining Johnson & Johnson he was a leader in corporate strategy and business development at McKesson.

Alexander has a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from Boston University and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from King’s College in London, England.

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