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Future Consultants - Arise!

The consulting industry is an incredibly varied and fast-paced field with specialities ranging from strategy to finance, engineering, human resources, environmental, digital and corporate advisory companies. By definition, consulting is defined as “the practice of providing a third party with expertise on a matter in exchange for a fee.” These services could either be advisory or implemented with the ultimate aim of supporting companies in becoming more sustainable in the future ( The core professional skills utilised by a consultant are: numerical, attention to detail, analytical, interpersonal, teamwork, IT, oral/written communication, tact and commercial awareness.

As a consultant you are presented with many career opportunities which can be very rewarding in many ways. You could be employed by international consultancy firms, professional services firms or strategy sections of financial organisations such as accounting. Within a consulting firm you could have general consultants who cover a greater breadth of services, or specialist consultant offering a niche business service such as strategy or IT. Regardless of the type, all consultants are heavily sought out by organisations from both private and public sectors, who seek help and advice about their complex and ever-changing business and policy issues. Top employers include: PWC, KPMG, Deloitte, Adelphi, McCann Health and many more.

That being said, the transition from academia to consulting can be challenging, especially when lacking relevant professional experience. Moreover, entry level roles at large firms are extremely competitive and it is often difficult to stand out in a crowd of equally qualified peers. Fortunately, the NBI is here to help you through this process!

Consulting Panel discussion

We will be hosting a panel discussion on Friday 12th May where professionals will speak about their experiences as business and healthcare consultants. They will also share their personal tips on how to make a successful transition from academia to consulting. We will also reveal more details about the Northern Biotech Consulting Case Competition that will take place on Sat. 10th June.

Don't hesitate to join us and meet our guest experts in the field:

Stuart Cooper- CEO at Adelphi Group

Stuart is the CEO of Adelphi Group, comprising of ten businesses based in Europe and the USA (with offices also in Asia Pacific). Specialising in the healthcare sector, Adelphi provides services in strategy, marketing and business intelligence, real-world observational research, disease specific programs, health and economic outcomes, market access, pricing and reimbursement and strategic product development.

Stuart studied Economics and Politics and has a BSc degree from the University of London. This was followed by six years specialisation in consumer research, marketing and economics in both the food and retail industry. In 1979, Stuart commenced his career in the pharmaceutical industry at ICI and Stuart Pharmaceuticals (now AstraZeneca). This included director responsibilities in global and national research management, product management and marketing planning.

Stuart’s professional focus in the last 25 years has been on global pharmaceutical development- its success factors and the needs and demands for successful global launch and branding, and better healthcare for the patient. In addition to overall responsibilities at group level, Stuart chairs a number of the business groups and is a consultant to clients in key areas. He has participated in debates and presentations at external conferences and internal industry workshops and contributed to publications with international groups in the US and Europe, on marketing, value, branding and pricing.

Dr. Martin Gisby- European Market Access Director

Martin has worked in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry for 10 years, both as a consultant and within healthcare companies. As a consultant he specialised in Market Access, and working on behalf of three consultancies, focussed on addressing pricing, reimbursement and access challenges for pharmaceutical products in the UK, EU and US.

Martin has worked at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Europe for the last 4 years, leading access strategies for individual products and launching a product for a rare polycystic kidney disease across European markets. He currently holds the position of European Portfolio Access Director overseeing key access-related activities across the Otsuka European pharmaceutical portfolio.

Martin has also been keen to support students considering a transition into the healthcare industry for many years, conducting annual seminars with University of Manchester Masters students. He himself studied at the University of Manchester graduating with BSc (Hons) in Biochemisty and Biotechnology, a Masters of Research Biological Science, and a PhD in Biotechnology.

Papa Momodou Jack- Management Consultant at PwC

Since joining PwC in September 2015, Momodou has worked on a flagship international development project within the firm's Sustainability & Climate Change (S&CC) and Strategy consulting practices, in which he played a key role in establishing the £10 million Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED) facility, which is funded by the UK government's Department for International Development (DFID). Prior to this, he completed a degree in Geography, as well as internships in Corporate and Indirect Tax at PwC, Management Consulting and Corporate Finance at KPMG, and Finance at the World Health Organization. Momodou has lived in Botswana, The Gambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, UK, and Zimbabwe.

McCann Health - speaker tbc

McCann Health is the world’s most connected community of health and wellness experts united across six continents by one vision: to help their clients’ brands and businesses play a meaningful role in people’s lives.

McCann Health is a part of McCann World Group and the Interpublic Group (IPG). The company has 60 offices across 20 countries over 6 continents that comprise a range of global practices including strategic consultancy, healthcare professional marketing, medical communications, consumer health and wellness, global health, pharmacy engagement, managed markets and patient engagement.

Venue: Roscoe Building - room 1.009, The University of Manchester Time: 2 pm - 3 pm The event will be followed by a 60 minute networking session where refreshments will also be provided.


Northern Biotech Consulting

Case Competition

Our upcoming Consulting Case Competition on Saturday, 10th June 2017 is the perfect opportunity to boost your CV and make an impression when applying for your first job in consulting or any industry related role.

Prizes to be won:

  • Winning team: £1,000

  • Runner-up team: £300

  • Best Individual Speaker: £100

Applications are now open!

Just send your CV and team cover letter to

Interested in attending, but not competing? You can come on the day of the competition as a non-competing attendee and enjoy our series of talks and workshops including our professional CV clinic !

You can register HERE [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]

What is the competition about?

Daraga INC. is a fictional “big pharma” company aiming to replenish its product portfolio by acquiring a thriving biotech SME. As a consulting team of 3 to 5 people, you will have 10 days to advise the company on merging with/acquiring 4 different candidate SME’s and present your final proposal in front of Daraga INC’s Executive Board composed of a panel of business and healthcare experts. Who can apply?

We welcome applications from anyone studying a degree in Life/Medical Sciences, Business and STEM subjects. Don’t worry - you don’t have to be an expert in pharmaceutical sciences to excel in the competition!

Why should you compete?

  1. Sharpen your business acumen with advice from experienced professionals

  2. Boost your CV and receive bespoke mentorship

  3. Find your next job (4 competitors secured their next job after last year’s competition!)

  4. 3 different cash prizes!

  5. HAVE FUN!

Why come as a non-competing attendee?

  1. Attend our CV clinic for students interested in starting a career in healthcare and pharmaceutical management consulting

  2. Attend workshops focused on careers in healthcare consulting, health economics and raising capital in the biotech industry

  3. Broaden your career horizons and network with experienced healthcare consultants

  4. HAVE FUN!

Above: the winning team from last year's competition (BioVision) who won £1,000!!!

From left: Professor Paul Townsend (Associate Dean for Business Engagement, The University of Manchester); Parvez Hakim (Associate Director, Navigant Consulting) ;The winning team called BioVision (Yein Nam, Melissa Vincent & James Gubbins) ; Rupert Wingate-Saul (Investment Director, AXM Venture Capital) and Nick Proctor (Director, Adelphi Access).

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