12th Merck Innovation Cup

  • Author/Organiser: Merck KGaA
  • Event Website: http://innovationcup.merckgroup.com
  • Event Date: 23 July 2022 to 29 July 2022
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Venue: Darmstadt, Germany
  • Associated Suppliers: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

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In case the pandemic situation would not allow in-person meetings, the event would take place online.

Merck invits post-graduate students and young professionals to apply –
deadline January 31st, 2022. Travel and accommodation will be paid by the company.

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students and young professionals in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program. It is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their team. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior managers and researchers and accomplished retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, Connected Health and Anti-Aging. At the first day a conference with alumni from previous editions of the Innovation Cup will be organized.

Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering, or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical and chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan, plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up. Most convincing project plans might potentially be implemented and top performing participants be offered a permanent position at Merck.




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