I’m relatively new to all of this, but I have the distinct impression that things like the CFA aren’t going to boost your application by any significant amount. It’s a very dry way to convey your interest in pursuing a career in business. I might be wrong, however.
Things that definitely will help at the application stage:
- decent/interesting work experience
- lots of extra-curricular stuff demonstrating things like leadership, teamwork, imagination, rising to a challenge…
- MBA (since, with a PhD, you’ll have to apply at the same level as MBA candidates anyway). But an MBA is certainly not a prerequisite.
You won’t get locked out of the process simply for having a biochem background. People go into consulting from all kinds of fields and biochem is more analytical than most, which is a plus.