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2014 Kellogg Biotech & Healthcare Case Competition

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UC Berkeley claimed first-place $5000 prize The team participants David Kagan, Champ Suthipongchai, Jennifer Wong, Emily Mou and Eric Fischer. Photo © Jason Brown 

U.C. Berkeley Wins the 2014 Competition

A team of students from University of California, Berkeley won the 2014 Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition. Other winning teams included groups from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Rutgers, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Eleven teams competed in the 11th annual Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition on January 25, 2014. The event was sponsored by AbbVie. The teams represented nine different business schools from four different countries.

Thirty-two teams applied to participate in the event, from twelve different schools around the world. The teams invited to compete had impressive credentials; many of the participants worked at global healthcare companies and several had medical degrees.
The case focused on reducing childhood pneumonia in Uganda. Teams came up with creative and analytically rigorous recommendations.
Judges were executives from AbbVie. They were joined by David Milestone, Senior Advisor at the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at US AID, and Raj Pannu, Director of Global Health at McCann Global Health, both of whom are deeply involved in global health efforts to reduce childhood pneumonia.

This year’s case focused on a global health crisis and the team recommendations will be used by global health leaders to spark ideas and shape future efforts.

“This is business education at its finest,” observed Tim Calkins, clinical professor of marketing at Kellogg and one of the directors of the case competition. “In this competition we have teams of students working to address a major global health issue. In the process, they are learning an enormous about global health, team dynamics and the power of business concepts.”

This is the third time a team from U.C. Berkeley won the competition. Teams from Berkeley also won in 2007 and 2013.

Schools represented this year include:

Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley (1st place)
University of Chicago Booth School of Business (2nd place)
Rutgers Business School (3rd place)
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (honorable mention)
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota (honorable mention)

Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University (Canada)
IPADE Business School (Mexico)
Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (UK)
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

View Photos of the 2014 Competition here.

You can see prior winners here.