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Farbod Hagigi, Project Manager – Boston Consulting Group


Dr. Hagigi has significant experience across the healthcare industry in strategy, operations and IT: biotech; biopharma; delivery; healthcare IT; insurance; global health; and policy. He is currently a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the Boston office. Before joining the firm, he worked with biopharma and healthcare delivery organizations on leveraging organizational structures, operational practices and IT to enhance coordination and increase performance. Dr. Hagigi has a PhD in Healthcare Policy and Management an MPH in Healthcare Management and a BA in Business Economics.

At BCG, Dr. Hagigi has worked on 16 projects at 12 clients across the healthcare value chain. In IT he led a team to create a comprehensive strategy for a global IT company to enter healthcare and life sciences markets; developed a strategy for a global electronics conglomerate headquartered in Asia to strengthen their presence in healthcare IT and medical technologies; conducted a forward-­‐looking IT review for a rapidly growing mid-­‐sized biotech with a focus on development operations; developed a sustainable funding model for a U.S. state-­‐level Health Information Exchange (HIE); and developed a plan for the deployment of EMRs and HIEs across a state. His experience in biopharma is equally as deep with expertise in R&D strategy, portfolio management, valuation and operations: led the exploration of creative partnership structures for the senior leadership of a large global biopharma; assessed strategies of top biopharma companies by evaluating pipelines and diversification approaches; pressure tested strategy of a leading biotech to offshore/outsource R&D to low-­‐cost countries such as India and China; and conducted a number of comprehensive financial valuations for pipeline assets and recommend strategic options. And in global health he developed a strategy for a foundation to engage with 15 different industries (e.g., media, logistics, mining, and biopharma) to leverage their capabilities more effectively in meeting its objectives.

Prior to joining BCG, Dr. Hagigi worked with Amgen in US Development Operations, consulting to increase the efficiency of clinical trials. He also worked with Amgen’s Global Health Economics group to support outcomes research related to a key biotech therapy. In the provider space he enhanced the management of patients with chronic diseases using IT, which integrated decision-­‐making protocols at The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). Additionally at CHA he conducted a three-­‐year project as part of his PhD dissertation to identify the link between electronic medical records (EMR), coordination networks and the costs and quality of managing patients with heart failure, diabetes and asthma. He developed the business plan for and was an instrumental member of the founding team of The Coding Source, a healthcare IT company which was recently backed by a growth equity investment by Parthenon Capital Partners.

He launched an Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) project in November 2009 at the invitation of the Ministry of Health in Kenya, where he supported a team of professionals from UCLA Health Sciences. In 2006 he was part of the team which launched a sustainable management development training program for managers of government agencies and NGOs in Africa, to build management capacity in their HIV/AIDS programs as part of the Johnson & Johnson Management Development Institute at UCLA’s School of Management in collaboration with AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation) based in Kenya.