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Indiana University Kelley School of Business students take on project for Abbott Labs

Mar 04, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Nine Indiana University Kelley School of Business MBA students traveled to Abbott Park in Chicago on Friday, February 20th to deliver strategic recommendations to members of Abbott's management team. The initiative marked the second such project that IU Kelley MBA students have completed. Abbott Labs discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical and nutritional products.

This year’s project gave the students an opportunity to research, analyze and present conclusions regarding wellness initiatives being undertaken by employers. Last year’s project focused on personalized medicine. The MBA project team included Matthew Berman, Nick Guzik, Sofia Leon, Kadambari Pandey, Liz Kahling, Darshan Shah, Christina Million‐Passe, Anand Kulkarni, and Chris Faris.

The consulting initiative created for Abbott is a joint effort of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (JCEI) and the Center for the Business of Life Sciences (CBLS). Travis Brown, JCEI Entrepreneurial Innovations manager, was the project manager. Dr. Donald F. Kuratko, JCEI executive director and professor of entrepreneurship, and Dr. Larry Davidson, CBLS director and professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, were faculty advisors.

Dr. Kuratko said “This is a fabulous opportunity for our MBA students to engage in real time challenges facing a life sciences firm. This year’s team certainly distinguished themselves in the final presentation and proved once again that our MBAs here at the Kelley School of Business represent some of the finest young minds in the world.”

From the Abbott side of the project, Kunal Desai, Kelley MBA ‘06 and Mary Jo Cannizzo, National Specialty Pharmacy Manager developed and managed the project at Abbott, while Jim Armstrong, Director of Project Management for PHPS, served as the project contact.