Biopharma Innovation Cup 2019 - Team Protein Engineering and Screening

Posted 08 Oct 2018

Darmstadt, Hesse - Germany

Req Id 182799


A career with EMD Serono is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. EMD Serono is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

The Biopharma Innovation Cup in its ninth year, brings together a promising new generation of academic talents from life sciences and business administration with the company’s senior management, active researchers and accomplished retirees. This meeting of the minds is a creative and innovative platform aimed at advancing science and technologies for life.
What’s in it for me?
If you are a post-graduate student with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry, 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 and to build a business case together with experienced professionals. Win the EUR 20,000 Innovation Cup, explore job opportunities at our company and visit the innovation summer camp near Frankfurt, Germany, June 23-29, 2019.
All travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by the company.
The team protein engineering and screening will work on new innovative approaches to design, screen or optimize new protein drugs.


Who can apply:
We invite advanced students in life sciences, computer sciences and business administration from all over the world to apply for participation in the Biopharma Innovation Cup. 30 students will be selected:

  • Sciences: Postgraduate students in the life sciences field on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, informatics, computer science, data science, engineering or related fields. Also Post Docs can apply!
  • Business: Advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a life science background.

The cup is not open to U.S. healthcare professionals.
How it works:
During a one week Summer Camp, 30 selected postgraduate students will attend in-depth presentations about the pharmaceutical industry given by our management, scientists and external experts. Participants will work in small teams to generate an innovative idea that addresses a scientific challenge and develop the idea into a business plan. Teams will receive coaching and guidance from experienced veterans of our company, the Summer Camp moderator and our Innovation Management. You will learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical industry and understand how drugs are successfully discovered, developed and brought to market. You will learn to evaluate your ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan. The teams will present their business plans to a grand jury. The jury will be composed of our top management plus external consultants. The jury will select the best business plan and present the winning team with the Biopharma Innovation Cup award and cash prize of EUR 20,000 plus EUR 5,000 for the runner-up. At the last day of the Innovation Cup a conference with alumni from previous events will be organized with ample networking opportunities.

Further information about the program and how to apply online from November 1st 2018 until January 31st 2019:
How do I apply?

Please only send your application (motivational letter, CV including publication list) through visiting and then select the specific team of your choice to apply for.

Near Frankfurt, Germany, June 23-29, 2019.
Travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by the company.

What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfil your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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