Johnson team from Emerging Markets Institute among Finalists in International Case Competition in Bangkok, Thailand


Proposal to eliminate antibiotics from wastewater gains recognition

A student team from the Emerging Markets Institute (EMI) at Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management placed among the six finalists in the mai Bangkok Business Challenge @ Sasin – an international case competition held at Chulalongkorn University.  Juan Diego Alonso MBA ’14, JD ’14, Stephane Corgie (Cornell Post-Doc), Evan Moore MBA’14, JD ’14, and Stephanie Hsi MBA ’14 competed against 44 teams from around the world to earn a place in the semi-finals round.  The 16 semi-finalists were invited to compete in Bangkok and the Cornellians advanced into the final round.

The Cornell team developed a business plan for ZYMtronix, a company that uses supercharged enzymes to remove germs and antibiotics from wastewater.  They focused on hospitals, medical clinics, and other health care facilities as target markets.  The product has other applications in consumer products, municipal wastewater treatment, agriculture, and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

“We are exceptionally pleased at the fine showing of the team from the Emerging Markets Institute,” said EMI Executive Director Richard J. Coyle.  “We knew the team had an outstanding product and were confident in their business plan.”

Additional details about ZYMtronix and the team can be found on the Emerging Markets Institute website.

About the Emerging Markets Institute at Johnson at Cornell University:

Established in 2010, the Emerging Markets Institute was founded at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management to promote the research and study of emerging economies. The Institute provides a private forum for lively exchange among corporate leaders from emerging and developed markets and leading researchers. We are building the most highly regarded academic program for the study of emerging markets—with the breadth, depth, and quality of education needed to effectively prepare business leaders for success.