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As a participant in the Innovation Cup, you get a chance to network with top students from around the world, work in teams to develop new innovative ideas for unmet medical need, and build a business case with support from experienced professionals. A shared prizes of €20,000 for the winning team and €5,000 for the runner-up is offered. Selected top performing participants could get an offer for a permanent employment at Merck. And to make things even more interesting, options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated.
The Innovation Cup summer camp takes place on 23 - 29 July 2022, near Frankfurt, Germany. Your travel, accommodation and food expenses are paid for by Merck.
Applications for the 2022 Innovation Cup are open. Apply until 31. Jan 2022 by selecting your team. You can apply for more than one team. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Drug Discovery Technologies, Digitalization, Connected Health and Anti-Aging. Applicants will be informed about next steps by early March. Selected applicants will then have the chance to submit your idea by early April and will get selected into a team by early May.
As part of the Innovation Cup, selected applicants will join a week-long summer camp, to work together in a highly stimulating environment.
A jury consisting of senior Merck researchers and managers as well as external experts will pick the winning business plans for first and second place.
On the last day of the summer camp, a conference with alumni of previous Innovation Cup editions will be organized. Learn what alumni are doing today and expand your network of top innovators.
Following the Innovation Cup, options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated. We will keep you posted.
Travel, accommodation and food expenses are paid for by Merck.
Applications are from postgraduate students in the life sciences working towards a PhD in biology, medicine, biotech, bioinformatics, computer science, data science, biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields. Postdoctoral students are also welcome to apply, as are advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in life sciences.
This programme is not open to healthcare professionals.
Participating in the Innovation Cup is a unique professional development opportunity for students from life science, computer science and business administration with an interest in the pharmaceutical industry. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with active researchers, members of senior management and accomplished retirees from our biopharmaceuticals division.
Enjoy the innovation experience of a lifetime! The winning team is awarded the Innovation Cup and a shared prize of €20,000! The runner-up receives a shared prize of €5,000. In the following, options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated. The Cup is also a great opportunity to network and boost your professional development. On the last day of the summer camp, a conference with alumni of previous Innovation Cup editions will be organized. Learn what alumni are doing today and expand your network of top innovators.
In case the pandemic situation would not allow in-person meetings, the event would take place online.