Frequently Asked Questions

When is the case competition?

November 22, 2019

When will the team receive the case?

The case will be sent via email to the primary team email address by noon on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Where will the case competition be held?

Rutgers Business School – Newark (1 Washington Park, Newark, NJ 07102).

Will I have a place to work when I am not presenting?

Each team will be provided a private conference room to prepare and work for the entire day. Complimentary Wi-Fi access will be provided.

What companies are sponsoring the case competition?

In alphabetical order the sponsors are: Bayer, Bristol Myers -Squibb, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Herspiegel Consulting, Model N, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Nuvera

What are the benefits of competing in the case competition (other than prizes)?

Admitted teams will gain a unique opportunity to network with industry executives from eight prominent companies. Teams will also gain valuable hands-on experience solving a realistic industry problem. The competition also allows students to demonstrate subject-matter competencies in front of executives from leading healthcare companies. Team meetings with sponsoring companies will be arranged (pending approval from sponsoring company representatives). Finally, resumes along with competitor photos will be distributed to sponsoring companies.

Are there any prizes for competitors?

Prizes for the top three finishers are:

  • First Place: $6,000
  • Second Place: $3,000
  • Third Place: $1,500
  • Best Presenter: $500
    • This is an individual award open to all participants.

The top three teams will be issued individual checks.

How long will the case competition last?

While we are unable to provide an exact time schedule, teams should be prepared to be at Rutgers Business School from approximately 7am to 8pm. Detailed agendas will be sent to admitted teams.

Is there an opportunity to network with the other competitors, and also the executives from the sponsoring companies?

Yes. There will be a cocktail hour after the competition when all competitors will have the ability to network with each other and executives from sponsoring companies.

When is the application deadline for the case competition?

Teams must submit completed applications by 5:00 pm EST on Friday October 11, 2019

When will teams be notified if they have been accepted into the case competition?

Teams will be notified of their application status by Friday October 25, 2019.

What details can you provide about the actual case that will be used?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any information concerning the case subject matter, length, or any other related details. The only information we may share is that the case will cover a topic of current relevance to the biopharmaceutical industry.

When is the submission deadline of the final presentation (in PowerPoint format) for admitted teams?

The deadline to submit the final presentation will be Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST. Specific information concerning where to email the presentation will be sent to admitted teams.

Who should I contact if I have further questions?

Please send an email to if you have further questions. A member of the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Management Club will reach out to you to make any needed clarifications.

Thank you, and best of luck during your academic studies & professional endeavors.