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Team of Rotman MBA Students Win International Health Care Case Competition in Italy.

November 27, 2019

Toronto – A team of MBA students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management took the top prize at the third annual Alira Health & SDA Bocconi Healthcare Case Competition held on November 22 and 23 in Milan, Italy. 

The team of Yutao Chen, MBA’20, Nadine Dinh, MBA’20, Irene Jung, MBA’20, Jonathan Kong, BASc/MBA’20, and Vanessa Cruz Parihuana, MBA’20, placed first with a team from SDA Bocconi School of Management in second and a team from London Business School finishing third.

During the two-day competition hosted by SDA Bocconi School of Management, the participating teams were asked to create a long-term strategic proposal for an anonymous client to identify and value a target company in the theranostics field to acquire. The Rotman MBA students also had the opportunity to work on mini-cases with students from other participating teams including SDA Bocconi, HEC Paris, IESE, National University of Singapore, Alliance Manchester, and ESADE.


“The case was a great challenge for us as it turned out to be about M&A. By working together with our passion for healthcare and using our experience as marketers, scientists and engineers we were able to succeed,” says Nadine Dinh. “When we heard about names called out as the winners, it was finally worth the great amount of time and efforts invested into the case, the 14-hour long flight from Toronto to Milan, and the short night of sleep before the day of our presentation.”

The team was supported by the Rotman School’s Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy. The Centre is a research, education and policy centre aimed at generating insights for governments, organizations and other key stakeholders facing complex healthcare challenges. Further information about the centre is online.

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