Johann Anton Merck Award

Prestigious annual achievement award for outstanding scientific preclinical research accomplishments in the areas of the strategic focus of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's Biopharma business.


About the award

Johann Anton Merck (1756-1805) was pharmacist of the family pharmacy in the fifth generation. He combined work in the pharmacy with scientific research, published in scientific journals and was characterized by curiosity, a passion for innovative concepts, and a strive to build global collaboration networks. He created the spirit that enabled the success of his son Heinrich Emanuel Merck who then established the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany pharmaceutical and chemical factory. 

The Johann Anton Merck award is a prestigious annual achievement award for outstanding scientific preclinical research accomplishments in the strategic focus areas of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany's Biopharma business. The prize is given out annually and comes with a  €30,000 research grant.

This award program is not open to HCPs.

2020 Laureate

Caroline Dive is a Senior Group Leader and Deputy Director of the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute. Professor Caroline Dive and her team in the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute are working side by side with the Christie Hospital, developing ‘liquid biopsies’ to hunt cancer cells that have broken free from tumours and are circulating in the bloodstream. Professor Dive is focusing on lung cancer, the world’s biggest cancer killer. Developing simple blood tests to capture cancer cells could help researchers understand how lung cancer changes as it grows and spreads, and how it can become resistant to treatment.

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