Medical Industry Leadership Institute

Medical Industry Leadership Institute

The Carlson School of Management and its Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) are recognized leaders in business education.  Established in 2005, MILI's mission is to shape the future of the medical industry and drive innovation through cutting-edge leadership education and market development.

If your passion comes in making a change in the world through the life saving and life enhancing opportunities afforded by the medical industry, MILI is waiting to embrace your drive and propel you and society to the next level.

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May 2022 Lab Chat - Balancing Innovation, Access and Affordability in our Health Care System

Join us for our next virtual Fireside Chat, May 19th, 12-1pm!

This May, we will talk to John O'Brien PharmD MPH, CEO of the National Pharmaceutical Council. This organization sponsors and participates in research on the appropriate use of pharmaceuticals and the clinical and economic value of pharmaceutical innovation. Dr. O'Brien's broad experience spans the public and private sector including senior advisory positions to the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, senior policy positions for BCBS and CMS, and academic faculty positions at a number of prominent public universities. As usual, the session will include an off-the-record Q&A. Everyone is welcome!


2022 Platou Leadership Competition

    This spring, MILI was honored to host the 13th annual Carl Platou Leadership Competition. The competition pays tribute to the legacy of Carl Platou a visionary healthcare executive who was inducted into the 2009 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. It was established to recognize the leadership skills and innovative thinking of an elite group of students who plan to complement their MBA education with a medical industry specialization. Evoking Mr. Platou's inspirational vision and leadership in the medical industry, the competition recognizes three MBA students who have displayed strong leadership capabilities and innovative thinking throughout their time with the Carlson School’s MBA program.  Nancy Platou Steinke, Carl’s daughter and competition judge said “I saw many of my Dad’s values and characteristics in these candidates. This made the selection process both rewarding and challenging, as they are all well qualified.  It’s my pleasure to be a part of this selection committee in my Dad’s name.” 

    In addition to Nancy, the two other judges were Matt Stoll, Valuation Lab instructor and previous Platou Award Winner and Julia Halberg who said “It is a pleasure and privilege to be part of the Platou leadership award process. I extend my congratulations to all these accomplished students, nominated by their peers and colleagues. To me, the Platou awards showcase the potential to further advance the medical industry field through these outstanding individuals.”

    The judges had a difficult time choosing winners as all of the applicants were very impressive. Third place was awarded to Bill McCue, ’23 MBA and second place Nathan Jones, ’22 MBA. This year’s winner was Kyle Lee, MBA 2022 and previous president of the MILI student association (MILIsa).  “I’m grateful and honored to have been selected as the winner of the Platou Leadership Award. Carl was a luminary in the healthcare industry and in the Twin Cities community, so for parallels to have been drawn between his accomplishments and leadership to that of my own I feel a great sense of pride. I’m also proud to have been in consideration amongst all the other candidates, with whom I’ve worked alongside this entire year and have a great deal of respect for. Going forward, I aim to live up to the example set by Carl and previous award winners and to one day leave a legacy of my own.”

2022 Platou Winners

MILI Valuation Lab

"The MILI Valuation Lab is uniquely positioned at the intersection of medical technology development, marketing, and clinical care. Nowhere in the U.S. is there another program in which students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a comprehensive strategy for translation of basic research into measurable improvement for patients."

- Roy Bryan, Jr. '11 MD/MBA

Student Programs

The MILI experience is as unique as its students: a tailored, timely curriculum for emerging leaders looking to gain hands-on experience in functional areas of the medical industry from finance and marketing to operations, information technology and market valuation. 

Business School Alliance for Health Management

MILI is a member of the Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM). BAHM is an international consortium of 20 premier MBA programs dedicated to advanced thought leadership and education in the global health sector. MILI partners with fellow BAHM universities to host engaging events and contributes articles to BAHM's Health Management, Policy and Innovation (HMPI) journal. 

Alumni + Students


MILI Alumni Affiliates


2020-21 MILI Alumni Mentors/Mentees


MILI MBA Courses Offered


Undergraduate MILI Courses Offered


2021 MBA Graduates Received MILI Specialization


2020 Carlson PT MBA Graduates Had Careers in Healthcare


2020 Carlson FT MBA Graduates Had Careers in Healthcare


2020 Carlson Undergraduates Had Careers in Healthcare

"I have watched the growth of this program and its remarkable impact on students in preparing them to hit the ground running as they enter healthcare companies. MILI benefits both the graduates and their employers" 

– Susan Alpert, Principal, SFA Consulting, MILI Executive in Residence
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