Forecasting Pharma


Part-time, Full-time MBA Students Team up to Take Second in Biotech Challenge

Berkeley MBA students Huzefa Neemuchwala, Avi Roop, Rachel Sherman, Sameera Chilakapati, and Rajat Rajgarhia


Impressive analytical thinking led a Berkeley MBA team to claim second place in the Kellogg Biotech and Healthcare Case Competition on Jan. 22. Evening and weekend students Huzefa Neemuchwala and Avi Roop, both MBA 13, and Rajat Rajgarhia, MBA 12, combined forces with full-time students Sameera Chilakapati and Rachel Sherman, both MBA 12, to best 10 other teams from U.S. and international business schools.

“We scored the highest of any team on analytical thinking,” says Neemuchwala. The competition challenged students to develop a 2015 revenue forecast for a new Amgen drug. “The Abbott judges also scored us high on our research and initiative and commended us for benchmarking our estimates,” says Neemuchwala.

Members of Team “Bear Cross Bear Shield” connected through the Haas Healthcare Association, with each bringing four to 14 years of experience in health care consulting, R&D, sales, and regulatory affairs to the effort.

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From 2011-2013, Valerie Gilbert focused on sharing stories of Berkeley MBA student achievements and connection to the Haas Defining Principles. At Haas since 2004 and now Associate Director of Content Marketing, she still enjoys revealing the different facets of life at Berkeley-Haas to a variety of audiences.