Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
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Innovation Cup Video
Innovation Cup Video

Always had an innovative mind? Make great things happen. Great minds come together.

The Biopharma Innovation Cup is your chance to gain in-depth knowledge about pharmaceutical research and development, to network with top students from around the world, to build a business case together with experienced professionals and win the 20.000€ prize with your team (plus 5.000€ for the runner-up).
 

Biopharma Innovation Cup

Discover the Innovation Cup and apply now.
Fostering Innovation: Combining bright young talent with proven industry experience 
Every year we invite advanced students in the fields of life-science, computer science and business administration from all over the world to apply for participation in the Biopharma Innovation Cup. This initiative is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry and to foster innovation from a promising new generation of academic talent.

The Biopharma Innovation Cup brings together a promising new generation of talents in a meeting of the minds with senior management, active researchers and accomplished retirees of our biopharmaceuticals division.

Process details:
The Cup 2017 will take place near Frankfurt, Germany (June 18-23, 2017).
Travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by Merck.
Invited for application are post-graduate students in the life sciences field on their way towards a PhD in biology, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, computer science, data science, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields as well as advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in life sciences, also postdocs can apply.

This program is not open to U.S. healthcare professionals.
Innovation Cup Prize

30 students will be selected. During a week-long Innovation Summer Camp, participants will work together in small teams in a highly stimulating and competitive environment to:
  • Learn the essentials about research & development within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Understand how drugs are successfully discovered, developed and brought to market.
  • Get to know our biopharmaceuticals division and learn about career options.
  • Work as part of a team to generate new ideas in the areas Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmune Diseases, Medicinal Chemistry, Protein Engineering and Big Data.
  • Evaluate the ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan.
  • Network with the brightest students from all over the world.
The jury, consisting of senior managers and external experts, will select the best business plan and present the winning team with the Biopharma Innovation Cup award and EUR 20,000 (EUR 5,000 to the runner-up).

Hall of Fame - Winning Teams

Winners 2016

Winners 2016

The ‘Global Health’ team won the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2016 (20k €), the Oncology team was the runner...more

The ‘Global Health’ team won the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2016 (20k €), the Oncology team was the runner up team. The winner team of the 2016 Innovation Cup (f.l.t.r): Chetan Rathi (University of Tennessee), Erica Namigai (University of Oxford), Ulrich Betz (initiator and manager Innovation Cup), Belen Garijo, CEO Healthcare, Theresa Maier (University of Cambridge (UK)), Jutta Reinhard-Rupp (group sponsor); Jennifer Beveridge (Georgia Institute of Technology), Josh Tycko, (Editas Medicine) (US), Gabriele Disselhoff (coach).

Winners 2015

Winners 2015

The Oncology Team has won the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2015 (20k€), the Team Innovations for emerging...more

The Oncology Team has won the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2015 (20k€), the Team Innovations for emerging markets was the runner-up (5k€). The winner team of the 2015 Biopharma Innovation Cup (f.l.t.r.): Francis Hunter (University of Auckland), Wang Shan (Tsinghua University), Jia Lin (Tsinghua Universtiy), Kshitij Srivastava (German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg), (Belen Garijo – member of the board handing over the award), Sotirios Sotiriou (University of Geneva), Oliver Thorn-Seshold (LMU München), Arne Sutter (coach). The Oncology Team worked out a new innovative hypoxia activated prodrug approach for the treatment of cancer.

Winners 2014

Winners 2014

The winner team of the 2014 Biopharma Innovation Cup (f.l.t.r.): Sorin Fedeles (Yale School of Medicine),...more

The winner team of the 2014 Biopharma Innovation Cup (f.l.t.r.): Sorin Fedeles (Yale School of Medicine), Steve Fernandes (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine), Marie Spitzner (Karlsruher Institute of Technology), Michael Becker (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum), Arne Sutter (coach), Hildegard Mack (University of California San Francisco). The team worked out a new idea for an innovative payload in antibody-drug-conjugates to fight cancer.

Winners 2013

Winners 2013

Yvonne Yamanaka (MIT/USA), Manuel Fankhauser (EPFL/Switzerland), Qianqiao Tang (NUS/Singapore), Lucamore

Yvonne Yamanaka (MIT/USA), Manuel Fankhauser (EPFL/Switzerland), Qianqiao Tang (NUS/Singapore), Luca Christel (Uni Jena/Germany), Prabhani Atukorale (MIT/USA): A new technology to increase the effectiveness of cancer vaccines.

Winners 2012

Winners 2012

Cornelius Kloeck (Stanford University/USA), Christian Luginsland (Cambridge University/UK), Kristinamore

Cornelius Kloeck (Stanford University/USA), Christian Luginsland (Cambridge University/UK), Kristina Kakalacheva (University of Zurich/Switzerland), Sherry Cai Wen (Vanderbilt University/USA) and Vojislav Jovanovic (University of Bradford/UK): A new therapy for the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Winners 2011

Winners 2011

Siegfried Neumann (Coach), Warren Hochfeld (Cambridge University), Jonas Schaefer (UZH Zurich), Annamore

Siegfried Neumann (Coach), Warren Hochfeld (Cambridge University), Jonas Schaefer (UZH Zurich), Anna Idelevich (Jerusalem University), Christian Kuttruff (LMU Munich), Deni Subasic (UZH Zurich): A new technology platform to design superior biobinders

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APPLICATION PHASE 2017

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