350th Anniversary Edition - Merck Innovation Cup 2018

From July 16-24, 2018, Merck, at the occasion of its 350th anniversary, will conduct a special Anniversary Edition of the Merck Innovation Cup Summer Camp. The Innovation Cup is an initiative for post-graduate students to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany. This initiative is designed to support the professional development of post-graduate students and postdocs interested in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry.


The Summer Camp is completely free for all accepted participants; travel, accommodation and food are paid by Merck!


Participants learn how R&D in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world.


Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: healthy lives/drug discovery, synthetic biology/life reimagined, innovative materials & solutions, digitalization and bright future/new ways of working together.


A video showing an overview of the event and statements from previous participants can be viewed here:http://innovationcup.merckgroup.com


Postdocs and post-graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical or chemical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible.


Participants have the chance to win with their team the Innovation Cup award - EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan worked out during the summer camp plus EUR 5,000 for the winner in each category: healthy lives/drug discovery, synthetic biology/life reimagined, innovative materials & solutions, vibrant digitalization and bright future: new ways of working together.


All Innovation Cup participants will also attend the “Curious2018 – Future InSight Conference” (http://curious2018.com) where some of the world’s greatest scientists and most accomplished entrepreneurs will present their groundbreaking work in Darmstadt, Germany, from July 16 - 18, 2018.


Applications are accepted from October 1st, 2017 to January 15th, 2018 at innovationcup.merckgroup.com Merck innovationcup.merckgroup.com