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Dr. Markus Thunecke

Background

Markus Thunecke is a founding Senior Partner of Catenion who lives in Berlin, Germany. Markus started his consulting career in 1997 at Mercer Management Consulting before joining a strategy consulting boutique, Theron, and setting up Catenion in 2003.

Markus has helped numerous clients around the globe in the pharmaceutical and medical products industries create competitive advantage. In addition to his work on strategy, he specialises in developing leading–edge analytical tools and combining them with organisational development capabilities. Markus is the developer of a number of Catenion’s proprietary tools for portfolio management and risk assessment. In recent engagements, Markus has helped clients develop and realign their R&D strategies, review their discovery and development portfolios, and create organisational models that foster innovation.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences on R&D strategy and portfolio management.

Markus enjoys spending time with his wife, sports and literature. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the non-profit Heilhaus Stiftung Ursa Paul in Kassel, Germany.

Education

Markus holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Heidelberg, where he generated transgenic animal models for Alzheimer’s disease. He also has three years of research experience within the CNS field at Schering AG.

Expertise

  • Value management
  • Company strategy development
  • Portfolio management/Decision analysis
  • Technology and research strategy
  • Biotech business models
  • Diagnostics/Pharmaco-diagnostics
  • Organisation and process design
  • Knowledge and innovation management
  • Executive training and coaching

Published Work

Markus has written several Catenion Commentaries including “Risk Profiles of Corporate Portfolio Strategies” as well as “Elements of Winning Strategies in R&D”, “Recombinant Innovation Management (RIM) – How to Stimulate Breakthrough Innovation within Large R&D Organisations”, “Recombinant Portfolio Management – Recognising and Enabling Innovation”. He also co–authored “Zero Base R&D” and “The Challenge for Japan’s Pharmaceutical Top Twenty”. All of them are part of Catenion’s “Shaping Pharmaceutical Strategy” series that focuses on high–profile issues for the industry.