Q&A: Marsha Zhang '17, Senior Analyst at CBPartners

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
What are you doing now?

I am currently a senior analyst in the CBPartners New York City office, working primarily in global value, access and pricing.

What do you like most about this position?

Life sciences consulting is a constantly dynamic challenge, with a deep reach into the pharmaceutical and biotech sphere, a high ceiling for personal growth and implications that are far-reaching for our clientele. 
 
We have consultants from an extremely wide array of backgrounds, even with regards to our current CBPartners Princeton alumni. Given that the pharmaceutical and biotech sphere is such a niche industry and no single Princeton concentration or certificate program feeds directly or explicitly into this space, I would encourage students with a strong interest in healthcare strategy and real-world implications of scientific research to look into life sciences consulting and CBPartners, regardless of pure academic background.

When you think about your Princeton experience, what was helpful in preparing you for your career? 

Key pieces that have been the most translatable from being a Woody Woo major to working at CBPartners include: the ability to synthesize a massive amount of material (in particular around regulatory policies), time management, proactive and transparent communication, and being detail oriented.

What advice do you have for students meeting with recruiters?

Be open to a variety of options, but come into the search with a targeted approach. Communicate your specific interest in a company’s work. For example, with CBPartners in particular, we do specialize very heavily in biopharma strategy.

What do you look for when hiring new graduates?

We look for sharp, quick-thinking and driven individuals who are passionate in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech space.