Johns Hopkins Carey Business School teams took the top two spots at the annual Health Care Business Association case competition, sponsored by Fortune 500 health innovator Danaher Corporation.
Sixty-four teams applied for 20 open spots. Of those applications, 16 were international teams, including Oxford and HEC Paris. Cut from 64 teams to the 20 that competed in the semi-finals, the field was then narrowed to a final round of nine teams. Finalists included four Johns Hopkins teams in addition to teams from Yale, McGill, Duke, and Georgetown universities and the University of Toronto.
The judges – all of them executives from Danaher and Cepheid, a Danaher subsidiary – included Danaher’s vice president of medical innovations, vice president of global innovations and diagnostics platform, and senior director of innovation. They used a blind system so they did not know which teams represented each school.
Johns Hopkins’ teams win big
Five Johns Hopkins students – including four from Carey Business School – comprised the winning team. Included were Kaining Guo (MBA candidate), Michael Kent (MBA candidate), Erica Nelson (MSN/MBA candidate), Daniel Song (MS in Health Care Management candidate), and Arthur Wang (PhD candidate in molecular cell biology and biochemistry).
Nelson and Kent attributed their win to building a team from students across Johns Hopkins (including a practicing nurse, cell biologist, financial analyst, and engineers) who are all passionate about solving challenging problems in health care.