Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club hosts sixth annual biotech case competition

Teams from Hopkins take second, third place at event

The five members of the third place team

Image caption: Third place team "Gene-ius" (from left): Jaishree Singh, Wendy Yang, Hani Bakhshaee, Vasudha Aggarwal, and Mayriam Robles

Teams from Johns Hopkins took second and third place in the sixth annual Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition earlier this month. The April 15 event was organized by the Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club.

The five team members of the second place Johns Hopkins team

Image caption: Second place team, "Hermetic Solutions" (from left): Bradley Waters, Rosie Jiang, Samantha Semenkow, Alyssa Walker, and Michael Ayers

The competition gives participants an opportunity to develop problem-solving, teamwork, and presentation skills over the course of a week. The Johns Hopkins teams joined teams from seven other universities to develop strategic recommendations for respEQ, a Hopkins-based healthcare technology startup interested in taking its respiratory disease monitoring device to market.

The University of Pennsylvania team "Penn Insights" won the $3,000 first prize.

Second place and $2,000 went to "Hermetic Solutions" from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Team members included Michael Ayars, Rosie Jiang, Samantha Semenkow, Alyssa Walker, and Bradley Waters.

Third place and $1,000 went to "Gene-ius" from Johns Hopkins, consisting of team members Vasudha Aggarwal, Wendy Yang, Hani Bakhshaee, Jaishree Singh, and Mayriam Robles.

The event opened with a keynote address by Jason Kirkness, assistant professor of Medicine and co-founder of respEQ. Sponsors included Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey & Company, ZS Associates, L.E.K. Consulting, Dean & Company, ClearView Healthcare Partners, Beghou Consulting, Navigant, CBPartners, PrepLounge, the Graduate Representative Organization and the Graduate Student Association.

The Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club is a graduate student-led group whose mission is to introduce the graduate students, medical students, staff, physicians, scientists, and post-doctoral fellows of Johns Hopkins University to management consulting.