"It has been one of the most unique, challenging, and mind-provoking experiences to be listed in one’s lifetime."
Great minds come together
As a participant in our 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. We are offering shared prizes of €20,000 for the winning team and €5,000 for the runner-up. Selected top performing participants could get an offer for a permanent employment. And to make things even more interesting, options to implement the best business plans will be evaluated.
Applications for the 2022 Innovation Cup are open. Apply until 31. Jan 2022 by selecting your teamhere.You can apply for more than one team.
- Work as part of a team to generate new ideas in the fields: oncology, immuno-oncology, autoimmunity, small molecules drug discovery, protein engineering and screening, digitalization.
- Evaluate your ideas from a technical and business perspective and build a convincing business plan
- Understand how products can be successfully discovered, developed, and brought to market
- Get to know us and learn about career options
A jury consisting of our senior researchers and managers as well as external experts will pick the winning business plans for first and second place.
This program is not open to healthcare professionals. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany retains exclusive right to make any press release or any kind of public communication about the Innovation Cup winner(s).
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.
Applications for the 2022 Innovation Cup are open. Apply until 31. Jan 2022 by selecting your teamhere. You can apply for more than one team.
"Learning, innovating, networking, having fun and winning – the Innovation Cup is the chance for graduate students to make a difference!"
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.
2021年Innvoation Cup的获胜团队，围绕分子胶水，Debakshi Mullick，Elena Devita，Eviatar Fields，Martin Maier，Mornika Witzenberger，Suyuan Chen及其教练Andrii Gorelik。
Winning team “Small Molecule Drug Discovery” with an innovative proposal for induced modification of target proteins. Congratulations to Denise Schaffner, Jithin Bali, Maren Diether, Michael Zimmermann, Stacey-Lynn Paiva, Stephen Sarno, and their coach Josua Jordi, on stage with Ulrich Betz.
Winning team of the Anniversary Innovation Cup 2018 (l.t.r.): Stephan Lammel (team coach), Lorillee Tallorin, Arne Wehling, Belen Garijo (Executive board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany), Michael Ogden, Sebald Verkuijl, Lian Zhu, Ulrich Betz (VP Innovation Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany)
的2020 winning team in Drug Discovery Technologies, Alexander Fawcett, Andrii Gorelik, Raoul Walther, Xavier Pierrat, Joshua Yang, Cristina Jauset Gonzalez, celebrate online with Ulrich Betz and their coaches Steve Marquis Fernandes and Henning Böttcher,.
的winning team of the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2017 (f.l.t.r.): Ulrich Betz, Patrik Andersson, Franklin Zhong, Alex Kertser, Arne Sutter (Team Coach), Kelly Moynihan, Simone Mori, Joern-Peter Halle
的‘Global Health’ team, winners of the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2016 (f.l.t.r): Chetan Rathi, Erica Namigai, Ulrich Betz, Belen Garijo, Theresa Maier, Jutta Reinhard-Rupp; Jennifer Beveridge, Josh Tycko, Gabriele Disselhoff.
的Oncology Team won the Biopharma Innovation Cup 2015 (f.l.t.r.): Francis Hunter, Wang Shan, Jia Lin, Kshitij Srivastava, Belen Garijo – member of the executive board handing over the award, Sotirios Sotiriou, Oliver Thorn-Seshold, Arne Sutter.
的winning team of the 2014 Biopharma Innovation Cup (f.l.t.r.): Sorin Fedeles, Steve Fernandes, Marie Spitzner, Michael Becker, Arne Sutter, Hildegard Mack. The team worked out a new idea for an innovative payload in antibody-drug-conjugates to fight cancer.
Arne Sutter, Yvonne Yamanaka, Manuel Fankhauser, Qianqiao Tang, Luca Christel and Prabhani Atukorale won in 2013 with a new technology to increase the effectiveness of cancer vaccines.
Claus-Jochen Schmitges, Cornelius Kloeck, Christian Luginsland, Kristina Kakalacheva, Sherry Cai Wen and Vojislav Jovanovic won in 2012. Their idea: A new therapy for the autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
A new technology platform to design superior biobinders was the winning idea of Siegfried Neumann, Warren Hochfeld, Jonas Schaefer, Anna Idelevich, Christian Kuttruff and Deni Subasic.
International Stevie Award
2017 Stevie Gold冠军
Edison Awards 2017 Winner
Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft
Innovationspreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft
Innovationspreis der Deutschen WirtschaftWinner 2015