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Mr. Pharma Man

About Me:

I am a science guy wearing a business suit. My career started a bit later than others due to some past issues with my academic path. Hopefully, with the year over year improvement of my GPA, the ad com will see that I show potential. I rapidly climb the ladder in top 10 pharma companies, usually dominated by people over 40, and became a manager.


Undergrad School: Concordia University

Undergrad Major: Pharmacology

GPA: 3.45

GMAT: 740

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: LGBTQ+ Counselor - At risk population (new immigrants)

Work History:

Title: Brand Marketing Lead

Industry: Healthcare

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 9 mos

Title: Associate Brand Manager

Industry: Healthcare

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

I was able to move from a highly scientific education to a business-focused role. I truly think that pharma it’s not only about having a degree in science or a degree in business. My biggest win is for being open to continuous learning, leading a product and pulling from diverse experiences to be successful in my role.

Post MBA Goal:

Currently, I help plan for new drugs coming to the Canadian market. Post-MBA, I would spend a few years in consulting or IB to better understand what needs to happen when we are trying to evaluate a transaction and close a deal. My long term plan would be to move back to pharma to work as a senior leader for business development.


Target School: Wharton

Status: Open

Considering: INSEAD, Columbia, Harvard


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 17%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 20%

    Mr. Pharma Man: Emily here from The MBA Exchange. As a former Associate Director of Admission for Columbia Business School and an application assessor for Wharton, I’d say the top MBA programs will see you as a solid though not exceptional candidate. Your 3.4 and 740 are in range but not at the top for those schools and while it sounds like you’ve had success professionally moving into more senior roles, it is always tough to stand out in those top tier applicant pools. INSEAD could be a great choice and you might want to consider a few other U.S. schools that are just slightly below that top tier but still have excellent programs in healthcare like Anderson, Darden or Fuqua. …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hi, it’s Nisha from mbaMission! I appreciate your honesty about your academic path – props to you for having a progressively higher GPA and for a decent finish, along with a solid GMAT score.

    You’ve had a progressive career in pharma, and I can sense your passion for the industry. The post-MBA path you’ve laid out is very thoughtful. It’s also wonderful that you’re an LGBTQ+ counselor, as schools greatly value this type of community impact. All of the factors I’ve mentioned so far point to a well-rounded profile. That said, schools like Wharton, HBS, and CBS are looking for the exceptional. They’re not entirely out of reach but they’ll be challenging – to maximize your chances there, you’d want to …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Mr. Pharma Man – Thanks for posting your profile. Susan Cera from Stratus here.
    Over the years I’ve worked with numerous clients who come from every area of the healthcare landscape – from MDs and pharmacists to research scientists, healthcare consultants and insurance providers. I really like Wharton for you because of their specialized healthcare program. A few suggestions as you consider next steps:
    1) Build out your extracurriculars – while there may be more than what I’m seeing in this profile, I’m curious as to the impact that you have had in your role as an LGBTQ+ counselor. Is this role related to your work in the pharma space? Consider tying your knowledge of the healthcare to the work you do with LGBTQ+ folks and …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 35%

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    Hi, it's Nisha with mbaMission! I like your honesty about your academic path - props to you for having an upward trend in your GPA and a pretty decent finish, as well as landing a solid GMAT score. You've had a progressive career in pharma so far, and I can tell that you're passionate about the industry. I also think that your desired post-MBA path is very thoughtful. And aside from that, wonderful that you're involved as an LGBTQ+ counselor. All of these factors point to a well-rounded profile. Schools like Wharton and Harvard are really looking for the exceptional, though, which makes them a reach for nearly everyone. To have your best shot at these schools, you'll want to ...
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