About the Author
Dr. Ulrich A.K. Betz, Vice President of Innovation at Merck, is responsible for innovation management and strategic academic collaborations. He is an accomplished R&D manager with more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry, including positions in the President's Office at Merck Biopharma, and positions reporting directly to the Heads of Research and Development at Bayer and Merck. In his current role, for example, he designed and implemented the Merck Innovation Cup, the Curious2018 - Future Insight Conference, the Merck Future Insight Prize, the Darmstadt Science Declaration, the idea competition innospire and the BioMed X Outcubator. Prior to joining Merck in 2005, he worked at Bayer AG for seven years, in various scientific and managerial positions in Pharma Research. Ulrich received his PhD in functional genomics and immunology from the University of Cologne, Germany, and his diploma in biochemistry and physiological chemistry from the University of Tubingen, Germany. He is a co-inventor of the marketed anti-viral drug Letermovir (Prevymis) and of Pritelivir (Phase II). Ulrich has won several innovation awards such as the German Industry Innovation Award (the world's oldest innovation award), two International Business Awards (Stevie Gold Awards Executive of the Year - Pharmaceuticals and Innovator of the Year), a Stevie Gold Germany Award (R&D Manager of the Year Germany), Edison Award, the Bio IT World Best Practice Award, and the German Idea Award. Ulrich is the author or co-author of over 90 publications (e.g. in Cell, Nature Medicine, and Nature Biotechnology).