Case Western Reserve-based BioComm takes second, $5000 prize in Orlando competition
This past weekend, JeShaune Jackson, MSs/MBA ‘14, Uram Lee, MBA ‘14, Wesley Mershon, MBA ‘14, and Brandon Pochatila, MSc ‘13, went to Orlando to Johnson & Johnson’s Global Invitational to present their organization, BioComm. The team placed second, out of 74 teams, to UCLA’s Design for America for a $5000 prize.
BioComm is a student organization established to capitalize on the different talents of students from Case Western Reserve University, with the goal of developing business plans and strategies for on-campus biomedical research projects. The organization includes students from medicine, law, business, engineering, and other fields of study. In addition to working with research projects, Biocomm also hosts workshops that show students the process a product goes through, from design to distribution.
For the student team, the competition was a chance to show off what they had worked so hard on, but also to learn. “The main thing I learned was how to effectively engage high level individuals in a large organization” Pochatila says. Pochatila is also a part of the Weatherhead Entrepreneurship Club, which he credits for helping develop the networking skills he used in Orlando. “I was able to talk to a number of VPs within Johnson & Johnson and have a great conversation,” he says.
Overall, the trip was an amazing experience for the student team, and also a chance to show what work has been going on at CWRU and Weatherhead. For students that are interested, BioComm will be hosting its next meeting during the third week of January.
Congratulations to JeShaune, Uram, Wesley and Brandon!