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Dr. Ulrich Betz

Head of Innovation Incubator
Merck Group

Dr. Ulrich Betz is Executive Director, Head of the department Innovation and Entrepreneurship Incubator at Merck. In this function he is responsible for global innovation management at Merck Biopharma across the value chain. He designed and implemented the idea competition innospire, the BioMed X Outcubator, the Merck Innovation Cup, the online innovation boost and started a comprehensive open innovation and crowd sourcing platform. He is also responsible for public private partnerships and strategic academic collaborations. Before taking over this responsibility he was leading the department Strategic Innovation and Research Portfolio Management in Merck Serono Discovery Research. In this function he was responsible for portfolio management, alliance management, scouting and business development in discovery and was co-ordinating various senior management committees. Dr. Betz joined Merck in June 2005 as the Global Operations Manager for the Executive VP Preclinical R&D. In this function he was responsible for the global annual budgeting at Preclinical R&D Merck Pharma Ethicals. During post merger integration he co-ordinated the design of the new drug discovery process and milestone criteria after the acquisition of Serono.

Dr. Ulrich Betz