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Merck Innovation Cup 2023 Germany – Life Science Candidates Apply. This is an interesting opportunity for life sciences candidates to apply for a Life Science Innovation Cup by Merck. All travel, accommodation and food expenses will be borne by Merck. Check out all of the details and apply for the same below –

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MERCK INNOVATION CUP

The brightest students from all over the world meet at our company headquarters to learn from professionals, network, develop business plans and win the 20,000 EUR Innovation Cup.

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, €5,000 for the runner-up and €3,000 for third place. 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 takes place 10-16 June 2023 near Frankfurt, Germany. Find more information on the innovation cup teams and application process. Applications are open until 31 January 2023. You can apply for multiple teams.

Applications for the 2023 Innovation Cup will close on 31 January 2023.

HOW DOES MERCK INNOVATION CUP WORK?

As part of the Innovation Cup, selected applicants join a week-long summer camp, to work together in a highly stimulating environment.

  • 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
  • Learn the essentials about R&D within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Network with the brightest students from all over the world
  • Understand how products can be successfully discovered, developed, and brought to market
  • Get to know Merck and learn about career options

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.

Travelling, lodging, as well as food expenses, are paid for by Merck.

This program is not open to healthcare professionals. Merck retains exclusive right to make any type of press release or any type of public communication about the Innovation Cup winner(s).

WHO CAN APPLY FOR MERCK INNOVATION CUP?

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 program is not open to health care professionals.

SEIZE YOUR CHANCE!

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. All participants will also get a free ticket for the Curious2024 – Future Insight™ conference.

YOUR BENEFITS

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 with €3,000 for third place. 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.

TEAMS FOR MERCK INNOVATION CUP

At the Innovation Cup, several teams run in parallel, covering the areas described below. Based on interest and expertise, participants choose the fields they are most interested in. We look forward to meeting you soon!

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR MERCK INNOVATION CUP

The applications deadline for the 2023 Innovation Cup is 31 Jan 2023. Applicants are informed about next steps by early March. Selected applicants then have the chance to submit your idea by early April and get selected into a team by early May.

Application Process

Application is by a 2-stage process.

ONCOLOGY

Work on new innovative approaches for the targeted treatment of cancer with small molecules or proteins either directly attacking cancer cells or via stimulating the immune system and overcoming the immunosuppressive environment of tumors.

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AUTOIMMUNITY

Work on innovative approaches for the treatment of autoimmune diseases such as e.g. Lupus.

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PROTEIN ENGINEERING

Work on innovative approaches to discover, screen, design and optimize new protein based drugs

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MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY

Work on innovative approaches to discover, screen, design and optimize new small molecular drugs.

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SMART MANUFACTURING

Work on innovative approaches for AI-driven energy saving, digital twins for manufacturing process optimization and top notch digitalization and automation solutions.

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NEUROMORPHIC COMPUTING

Work on innovative system architecture and chip components and their interdependencies, reliable, energy efficient memristive systems based on new materials and stack design, software & algorithms complementing novel neuromorphic hardware

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