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Rutgers MBA students Mittal Shah and Sonal Patel were sitting next to one another as the winners of the annual biopharmaceutical case competition were announced inside Bove Auditorium on the afternoon of Nov. 14.

Within a few minutes, they knew Kellogg had won third place. Then Wharton was announced as the second-place winner.

The women looked at one another nervously, wondering where the team from Rutgers Business School would place. "It's going to be all or nothing," Patel said softly, waiting for the next winner to be announced.

When Rutgers was declared the first place winner, Shah and Patel leaped out of their chairs and hugged one another. The room erupted with applause for the home team, which also included Michael Kwatkoski, Paul Rosiak and Kinushuk Saxena, the team's sole first-year MBA student. All five members are pursuing MBAs in Rutgers Business School's top-ranked Pharmaceutical Management program.

The third annual biopharmaceutical case competition at Rutgers attracted teams from the nation's leading business schools, including Wharton, Columbia and Kellogg. Teams also represented Michigan State University, MIT Sloan, Duke, Penn State's Smeal College of Business and the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

After just a few years, Rutgers Business School's case competition has become known as an important one for MBA students hoping to move into careers in the healthcare and pharmaceutical fields. The competition has multiple company sponsors, intensifying the networking aspect of the day and the potential for students to impress major companies.

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Rutgers Business School introduces program offering business knowledge tailored for the arts

Rutgers Business School is introducing a new concentration that will offer students at Rutgers University-Newark essential business courses customized for the fashion and arts industries.

The Business of Fashion curriculum will include courses in finance and branding for fashion and other creative pursuits as well as a class introducing students to supply chain management in the fashion and arts industries.

Tavy Ronen, a finance professor who will serve as program director, said Rutgers Business School will prepare students for jobs in the world's largest fashion houses just as it produces talented workers and executives for the finance and pharmaceutical industries.

In a video filmed in New York City and on the Jersey City waterfront, Professor Ronen explains the new program and the opportunities it offers Rutgers students. RBS accounting and finance student Urvi Tiwari also describes why she's excited to add a concentration in the Business of Fashion to her studies.

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