Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Welcomes Ten New Startups to its Innovation Center

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany today announced the ten startups that will be joining the seventh intake of its Accelerator program at the Innovation Center

16 Jan 2019 | Darmstadt, Germany
  • From January 2019, startups from nine different countries will collaborate with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt Germany
  • Selected teams will have the opportunity to extend their stay in the company’s China Innovation Hub in Shanghai
  • For the first time, the program includes a startup specializing in the fight against multi-drug resistant bacteria

Darmstadt, Germany, January 16, 2019 – Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today announced the ten startups that will be joining the seventh intake of its Accelerator program at the Innovation Center of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The teams come from nine different countries, making 2019 the most international intake in the Accelerator’s history. They were chosen from a total of 565 applications, coming from startups based in 68 countries across the world.

“We are confident that inviting such a diverse group of collaboration-ready startups can lead to outstanding partnerships. We believe that startups and a company such as ours can mutually benefit a lot from working together. Partnering with startups, we connect with new external ideas while we simultaneously help them to take off. Bringing curious and expert minds together is a tremendous opportunity to create innovations beyond our current scope,” said Michael Gamber, Head of the Innovation Center of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

The ten selected startups will join the Accelerator of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany for the program’s three-month duration. For the first time since the launch of the program, some of the participating startups will also have the opportunity to extend their stay by joining the company’s China Innovation Hub in Shanghai, which will give them the opportunity to access the Chinese market.

The Accelerator of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany welcomes startups operating in healthcare, life science and performance materials, as well as emerging areas such as bio-sensing and interfaces or liquid biopsy, which represent the Innovation Fields that the Innovation Center is focusing on. This year’s program includes, for example, Nextbiotics – a startup focusing on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and microbiomes: Nextbiotics is developing a biotechnology platform that engineers bacteriophages to target antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The startup envisions using its technology to precisely modulate the microbiome with applications in the prevention and treatment of infections for humans and animals. The other startup teams joining the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Accelerator program are also working on solutions that could make a positive difference in people’s lives. From affordable point-of-care diagnostic devices through intelligent solutions to developing 3D bioprinted skin, to even analysing patients’ tumour samples in order to identify their level of drug resistance and determine the best type of cancer treatment.

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