2017 Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

Wharton, Kellogg Win 2017 Case Competition

 Biotech Case Competition 2017 winners
Wharton earned 1st place in the 2017 Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition. Participants Vik Srinivasan, Eason Hahm and Quingan Zhou.  Photo © Eloy Vinuales Ballarin, Kellogg Photo Club

Teams from the Wharton School and the Kellogg School of Management took the top two spots in the 2017 Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition, sponsored by AbbVie. A team from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth placed third. Teams from Chicago Booth and Kellogg received honorable mentions.

The 14th annual event was held at Northwestern University on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Eleven teams competed in the event. This year’s case focused on building use of chlorhexidine in Nigeria as a way to reduce infant mortality. The case, developed in partnership with USAID, was challenging; teams had to consider multiple stakeholders and allocate scare resources. Judges were executives from AbbVie. 

The weekend started with an informal reception on Friday evening. Saturday, teams presented and attended the Kellogg Business of Healthcare Conference. Saturday evening featured a case debrief, dinner and an award ceremony.

This was the first time that a team from Wharton won the event. A team from Kellogg won the competition in 2016, and teams from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley won in both 2015 and 2014. 
The winning team included Quingan Zhou, Eason Hahm and Vik Srinivasan.

A record 60 teams from around the world applied to participate. From this group, eleven were invited to compete in Evanston. Schools represented this year were:
-Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
-Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
-Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley
-Olin Business School at Washington University
-Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
-HEC Paris (France)
-MIT Sloan School of Management
-Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
-Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
-Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (UK)

Information on the 2018 event will be available in the summer.

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Past Competitions

2016 Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition
January 24, 2015

2015 Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition
January 24, 2015

2014 Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition   
January 25, 2014 

2013 Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition 
sponsored by AbbVie 
January 26, 2013

2012 Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition 
sponsored by AbbVie 
January 21, 2012
The 11 student teams were tasked with implementing a point-of-care HIV diagnostic test for infants in Africa. They presented their recommendations Jan. 21 to five judges from contest sponsor Abbott Laboratories.

Prior Competition Winners