The Singapore Life Science Case Competition is Back!

The Singapore Life Science Case Competition, now in its second year running after a highly successful run in 2018, is a business case competition focused on the life sciences and pharma. Put together by Biotech Connection Singapore and L.E.K. Consulting, this competition is open to all university students, postgraduates, researchers and biotech/medtech entrepreneurs.
Why join this case competition? This is a dedicated case competition for you to compete in teams with the brightest minds to tackle a real-life pharma case, that is also applicable across biotech and medtech fields. It is a great learning opportunity for all participants with little to no prior consulting experience, to a) apply your analytical skills and scientific insight to solve business problems, b) develop business acumen for career advancement, and c) to expand your professional network.
As part of joining this competition, you will also get to take part in a consulting training workshop (now virtual!) supported by L.E.K. Consulting, to get up to speed with basic consulting skills. The winning team of the competition will be awarded a tour of the L.E.K. Consulting office, and lunch with L.E.K. associates.
*The tour and lunch might change to virtual subject to the latest Safe Management Measures.
Event schedule and format*:
*subject to changes
Online registration
  • Form teams of 3 to 4 and sign up through this Google form
  • If you do not have a team, you may sign up as an individual and form your teams later or during the workshop/information session
  • Individuals who have previously worked as or are currently working as professional consultants are not eligible to apply
  • The deadline for registration is 9th Nov, 11.59 pm
  • No late sign-ups will be entertained. If you would like to change your details or withdraw, please email us directly at consulting@biotechconnection-sg.org
 Case Release
  • The case will be released 1 day before the info session on 10th Nov. Please read the case carefully and prepare any questions before the workshop.
 
Information Session and Consulting Workshop
  • The info session and training workshop is an online event on 11th Nov, 5.30 pm. The confirmed time duration and zoom link will be communicated via email.
  • Attendance at the workshop is highly encouraged, but not mandatory. However, it is mandatory for all teams to have at least one representative present at the workshop and info session.
  • The workshop is only open to participants of the competition.
  • If you do not have a team by the end of workshop day, please inform us and we will try our best to match you up with others.
  • Finalised team names and member names must be submitted to BCS after the workshop. Every team should appoint a team leader. No changes to team members are allowed after this.
Case Submission
  • Teams will be given 2 weeks to tackle the case and submit their slide deck (in PowerPoint format).
  • Shortlisted teams will move on to the Finals
 Finals
  • Selected teams for the Finals are given 15 min to present followed by a 5 min Q&A with the judging panel
  • At least 3 members of each team have to present in front of the judges
  • The panel of judges for the Finals will be disclosed at a later date
  • The final presentation will be held on 9th Dec, 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm. Further details are to be released at a later date.
The Finals are open to all participants to attend and watch. Register here to watch the finals!

Workshop Speakers' Profiles

Siang Yun Ang, Life Sciences Manager, L.E.K. Consulting Singapore

Siang Yun is a Manager in L.E.K.’s Singapore office, specializing in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice. She has over 4 years of experience across pharma, biotech and diagnostic sectors. She has worked with clients across Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific on go-to-market strategy, market access strategy and M&A. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and followed up Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in University of California-San Francisco. Prior to joining L.E.K., Siang Yun was a postdoctoral research fellow in Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR. SiangYun also consulted for biotech investment funds in San Francisco, including Aquilo Capital Management and Evexia Bio Fund. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and scuba diving.

Dominic Ng, Senior Associate Consultant, L.E.K. Consulting Singapore

Dominic Ng is a Senior Associate Consultant in L.E.K.’s Singapore office, specializing in the Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice. With over 4 years of consulting experience across Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific, he has worked with clients on growth strategy development, go-to-market planning and M&A. He has also been involved in sectors across pharma, medical device and digital health. Before L.E.K., Dominic was an Associate Consultant at IQVIA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from National University of Singapore. In his personal time, he enjoys running and cooking.

Judges' Profiles

Fabio La Mola, Partner and Global Healthcare Co-Head for Asia-Pacific, L.E.K. Consulting

Fabio is L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Healthcare Co-Head for Asia-Pacific, and the Executive Director of the L.E.K. APAC Life Sciences Centre of Excellence.  Fabio has lived in the US, Italy, UK, China, and now Singapore. He has over 20 years of experience across healthcare services and life sciences. He has worked with many clients across Southeast Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US on strategy, organizational redesign and performance improvement. He was educated in Italy, earning a business degree at Bocconi University in Milan, and started working with PwC in the US, where he advised oil and gas clients. After an MBA at Kellogg, Fabio started working with ZS Associates in Italy, and since then has been involved in advising clients in Life Sciences. After moving to L.E.K in London, Fabio built his knowledge of Life Sciences across segments, from provision, to medical devices to pharmaceuticals. He has advised both the largest firms globally and start-ups. He was in China with L.E.K, then managing director for the IMS Health Consulting team in Singapore, and rejoined L.E.K. in Singapore. In his personal time, he is an advisor to the National Research Foundation for the Central Gap Fund in Biotech, an angel investor, and an avid sailor.

Hwee Tee Poh, Managing Director, Novartis Singapore and Asian Emerging Markets; Country President, Singapore

Hwee Tee Poh manages Novartis Pharmaceuticals business operations in Singapore and Asia Emerging Countries of Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Hwee Tee has extensive experience and established track record in leading strategic planning, managing commercial operations and working with teams in diverse markets. With more than 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry, she has taken on roles of increasing responsibilities at country and regional levels and across different therapeutic areas of Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, Dermatology and Immunology.

A firm believer in building collaborative team spirit, Hwee Tee is inspired to improve and extend patients’ lives by the work she does every day.

Clare M Cutler, VP and General Manager for Asia Region, Allergan Aesthetics

Clare Cutler is the VP and General Manager for Asia Region in Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company. In this role she manages a diverse team across seven different countries.

In addition to her current position, Clare has established a networking group in Singapore ‘Diversity Matters’ which champions greater understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion benefits to support professional, leadership and business potential development across her organization.

Clare has more than 25 years Pharma industry experience, and has held many different country level and global roles during her career with a key focus in Oncology. She has experience across commercial, market access, and R&D functions and has led several major business integrations.

Clare studied pre-clinical medicine at the University of London (St George’s Hospital Medical School) and holds a post graduate diploma in Marketing.

Rena Dharmawan, Consultant Surgeon, Head & Neck Surgery, Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS); Assistant Professor (Clinical Innovation) & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Duke-NUS Medical School

Dr Rena Dharmawan believes that with the right innovation, one can improve the lives of millions at a time. She is currently a Consultant Surgeon in the Department of Head & Neck Surgery in NCCS and SGH. She is also Assistant Professor in Clinical Innovation & Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Duke-NUS Medical School, and focusing on the development & training of Clinician-Innovators.

In 2014, she was one of four nationally-selected fellows in the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Programme. After the fellowship, Rena co-founded 3 Singapore-based healthcare startups: Privi Medical, Jaga-Me & CATALYST. She is also Principal Investigator of numerous previous & ongoing medtech projects and grants, including SwabBot, a patient-controlled robot to perform nasopharyngeal swabs for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

Prior to medicine, Rena graduated summa cum laude with a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and then joined the inaugural batch and completed her medical degree at Duke-NUS Medical School (Singapore) in 2011.

Any changes to the above details will be updated on this webpage and communicated via email. Finally, if you have any questions please send them to consulting@biotechconnection-sg.org. We look forward to receiving your applications!

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