Business, law, science and medical students from top universities around the nation converged at the Wake Forest University Schools of Business on February 8-9 for the 4th Annual Biotechnology Conference and Case Competition. The eight student teams had one week to prepare a business plan for case sponsor Boston Scientific Corporation. Proposals were presented on February 9 to a panel of judges recommending best strategies for the medical device maker to enter a new geographic market for its Urology business (see also Wake Forest University Schools of Business).
Winners were announced later that evening during an awards gala at Biotech Place in downtown Winston-Salem.
Johns Hopkins University won first place and a $10,000 prize. Students on the team included Nicolae Done, Robin Kabir, Kalyan Kanakamedala, Kyungmin Song and Michelle Zwernemann.
Second place and a $5,000 prize went to Wake Forest University. Team members were Lawrence Blume, Katarina Kesty, Venkata Raman Perivela, Swapnil Shewale and Dipen Viyas.
University of Florida placed third, receiving a $2,000 check, and was represented by students Matthew Alvin, Kayley Fordham, Todd Hales, Stephanie Newton and Sherif El-Refai.
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