Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition 2013


Teams of students from global MBA programs participated in the Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition at the Kellogg School. Photo © Nathan Mandell

January 26, 2013
Sponsored by AbbVie



Haas Wins 2013 Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

On Saturday January 26th, teams from around the world competed in the 10th annual Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition organized by Professors Sangeeta Vohra & Tim Calkins. The competition was sponsored by AbbVie.

A team from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley won the competition, with a presentation that featured compelling analytics and sharp strategic thinking. The winning team had five members: Brian Feth, Ken Su, Yelena Bushman, Ji-Hong Boo and Kristian Lau

Second place went to a team from University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and third place went to another team from Haas.

A team from Kellogg School of Management comprised of Anniruddha Chatterjee, Robert Frantz, Paul Janczyk and Sisi Shen received honorable mention for clarity and presentation delivery. The other team that received honorable mention was Cambridge University’s Judge School of Business.

The 2013 competition featured a challenging new case written by Professor Calkins on valuating contrive, Orexigen’s obesity drug which is going through another phase 3 clinical trial.

In total, over 35 teams from around the world applied to participate in the case competition. Ten teams were invited to Evanston for the event and participated, including teams from HBS, Ross and Smeal. A team of executives from AbbVie served as the judges.

This new Kellogg School initiative coordinates and promotes groundbreaking education, research and outreach in both the services and products side of the health sector. Interest in the health sector permeates the Kellogg School. Health Enterprise Management brings together two separate programs, each with a rich tradition of excellence. The Health Industry Management Program that celebrated its 65th anniversary.

Photos from 2013 Event


Sangeeta Vohra, Associate Professor, Clinical Management and Strategy; JL Kellogg School of Management discussing the case after all teams had presented. Photo © C. Jason Brown


David Austen-Smith, Senior Associate Dean gave the welcoming remarks in the McCormick auditorium Allen Center. Photo © C. Jason Brown


John Larson, General Manager Abbvie Global Alliance, Pharmaceutical Products Group Competition Judge addressing the participants. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Timothy Calkins, Professor Clinical, Debriefing of the case in the McCormick auditorium Allen Center. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Mark Booth, Chief Commercial Officer, Orexigen Ken Shore, Blue Chip Both discussed company as well as clinical trial used in Case Competition during debrief. Photo © C. Jason Brown


UC Berkeley claimed first-place $5000 prize The team participants Yelena Bushman, Ken Su, Kristian Lau, Brian Feth and Ji-Hong Boo. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Second Place winners from Booth The participants Gus Granchalek, Kimberly Rhoten, and Yuta Ito. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Third place winners from UC Berkeley HAAS Alana Tucker, Chris Burke, Anthony Baldor, Nick Mascioli, and Darya Rose. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Kellogg Healthcare Analysis Squad earned honorable mention and $500 The participants Aniruddha Chatterjee, Robert Frantz, Paul Janczyk, and Sisi Shen. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Kellogg Healthcare Analysis Squad Aniruddha Chatterjee, Robert Frantz, Paul Janczyk, and Sis iShen. Photo © C. Jason Brown


Curatis Cambridge also earned honorable mention and $500 The participants Hareesh Veldandi, Mansi Aggarwal, William Smith, and Kaitlyn Edsall. Photo © C. Jason Brown