The 5th Annual Hopkins Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition

By Basil Hussain

The Hopkins Graduate Student Consulting Club (JHGCC) hosted their fifth annual Johns Hopkins Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition on April 10th at the Homewood Campus. This year’s competition included teams from Johns Hopkins University as well as ten other universities from across the East Coast.

This year the competition grew to the largest in its 5 year history. Fifty Teams applied to be a part of the competition, of which 25 teams were selected. Other institutions that competed in the competition included Columbia University, Cornell University, Rockefeller University, University of Maryland, Duke University, The National Institute of Health, Wake Forest University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, and New York University.

The teams were challenged to develop strategic recommendations for Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), who is interested in expanding the presence of Johns Hopkins Medicine in emerging markets abroad. The competition provided students an opportunity to develop problem-solving, teamwork, and presentation skills over the course of the week-long competition, which culminated on Friday with final presentations and questions from 10 judges representing eight top consulting firms: Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, UMT Consulting Group, ZS associates, Ernst & Young, L.E.K. Consulting, Clearview Healthcare Partners, and CB Partners. In addition to the final presentations, Pamela Paulk, President of JHI, delivered a keynote address for all participants and general audience where she discussed her experiences as a consultant prior to her tenure as the President of JHI. The competition was followed by a networking reception for participants, judges, and guests.

PathView, a team composed of three Ph.D. students from the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, won the $2,000 first prize, the team members were Byunghak Kang, Weijie Poh, and Joshua Wang. KAR Solutions, a joint team made of students from Columbia University, Cornell University, and The Rockefeller University, won the $1,000 second prize. ModHealth Consultants, a team composed of 3 M.D. Students from Johns Hopkins University, won third place. The team members were Christopher Bailey, Sahar Soleimanifard, and Allison Greene.

The event was organized by the JHGCC case competition committee (Yuanming Suo, Basil Hussain, Hao Jia, Janna Serbo, and Steven Wang) with assistance from other JHGCC board members. It was generously sponsored by the above mentioned consulting firms, Preplounge, as well as the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Graduate Representative Organization, Student Government Association at Carey School of Business, and the Student Assembly at School of Public Health.

JHGCC is a student-led group whose mission is to introduce graduate students, medical students, staff, physicians, scientists, and post-doctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University to the world of business and consulting. Through case competitions and other events, JHGCC helps members develop business knowledge and skills and well as network with consultants form elite firms. Please visit our website for more information: http://jhgcc.weebly.com/.

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