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Ulrich A.K. Betz

Ulrich A.K. Betz

Vice President Innovation in Merck, Germany

Dr. Betz is Senior Vice President of Innovation at Merck, Head of the department Future Insight & Research Programs, Member of the German Council of Science & Humanities, Head of the science & technology workstream for Merck’s 350th Anniversary and Head of the COVID-19 SARS-CoV2 Innovation Task Force 2019 at Merck. He has 25 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry and was a multi-year member of the drug discovery research management and review boards at Merck and Bayer. His vision is to combine science/technology and innovation with the eternal principles of truth, love, courage, liberty and spirituality to solve the challenges of today and to enable the dreams of a better tomorrow.

14:30 - 15:30

Parallel sessions

Academia session: Biotechnology - How is it shaping our future?

Moderator and chair of the session: Dr. Jelena Begović, Director of Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE) and Full Research Professor

  • Dr. Charles Ruranga, Director of the African Centre of Excellence in Data Science, Rwanda 
  • Dr. Claudia Vickers, Chief Scientific Officer at Eden Brew, Australia
  • Kiren Naidoo, CEO of Zdravlje A.D. and Founder of Frontier Pharma, UK
  • Martin Mössler, Managing Director of Science Park Graz, Austria
  • Dr. Nataša Skoko, Head of Biotechnology Development Unit at International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Italy

Business session: Accelerating innovation

Moderator and chair of the session: Prof. Robert C. Wolcott, Co-Founder and Chairman of The World Innovation Network (TWIN) and Adjunct Professor of Innovation at Booth School of Business at University of Chicago & Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

  • Dan Vahdat, CEO of Huma, UK
  • Gloria Seibert, Founder & CEO at Temedica, Germany 
  • Dr. Milan Obradović, Senior Global Scientific Director Integrated Healthcare Solutions, Global Medical Affairs at Roche, Switzerland 
  • Dr. Ulrich A.K. Betz, Vice President Innovation in Merck, Germany
  • William Moss, CEO of Seven Bridges Genomics, USA

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