The fourth annual Tufts New England Case Competition (TUNECC) took place August 4, 2017 at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA and featured 21 teams of advance degree candidates and holders from the east coast of the US and beyond. Represented institutions included Tufts, MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR), Brandeis, Dartmouth, Yale, University of Connecticut, Cornell, Columbia, New York University, Icahn School of Medicine, City University of New York, Stony Brook University, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Johns Hopkins, University of Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Wilmington, Duke University, University of Central Florida, Iowa State University, and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Teams of three to five individuals presented their solutions to a business case focused on developing a collaborative comprehensive care package for acute myocardial infarction designed to reduce readmission rates and costs and increase profits for the client Boston Scientific. Teams were able to compete for prize money totaling $3,500 while developing their critical thinking and presentation skills and receiving feedback from professional consultants. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to interact with consultants and professionals during a mini-career fair and networking reception. The program for the day concluded with an expert panel discussion featuring senior leadership from sponsoring firms. Panelists for this year included Paul Bogorad (Putnam Associates), Mark Speers (Health Advances), and Dan Hawkins (Clarion Healthcare). The panel was moderated by Ken Kaitin from Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD).

Sponsors for this year’s event were Back Bay Life Science Advisors, QuintilesIMS, L.E.K. Consulting, Clarion Healthcare, Putnam Associates, ClearView Healthcare Partners, Health Advances, RA Capital Management, The Boston Consulting Group, Tufts CSDD, and Tufts Sackler School for Graduate Biomedical Sciences. The organizers of TUNECC would like to express their gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support, without whom this event would not be possible.

The prize winners for this year were:

1st Place ($2,000) – BU Solutions – Jordan Chambers, Sadaf Atarod, Shuo Huang, I-Ni Hsieh (Boston University)

2nd Place ($1,000) – West Campus Consulting – Ben Akhuetie-Oni, Shun Hang Chan, Daniel Moonan, and Jaymin Patel (Yale University)

3rd Place ($500) – Zignas Consulting – Xiaorui Xiong (NIBR), Griffin Clausen (MIT), Varun Kopparthy (Cornell), Nishanth Krishnamurthy (Tufts), and Ioana Moga (Harvard)

First Place: BUSolutions – Boston Univeristy

Discussion Panel

From Left to Right: Moderator – Ken Kaitin (Tufts CSDD) and Panelists – Paul Bogorad (Putnam Associates), Mark Speers (Health Advances) and Dan Hawkins (Clarion Healthcare).

TUNECC Executive Team 2017

From Left to Right: Christina McGuire, Michaela Tolman, Cho Low, Mike Pereira, Andrew Coleman, and Heramb Chadchankar

Check out more photos from this year’s event in our gallery! Please consider joining us next year for the 5th Annual TUNECC!