Ulrich Betz is the initiator and conference lead of the
Curious2018 Conference. He is Vice President Innovation at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany . In this
capacity, he heads the department Innovation & Entrepreneurship Incubator
which is responsible for global innovation management at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Biopharma across
the value chain.
Uli is an accomplished R&D manager with 20 years of
experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including positions in the
President's Office Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Biopharma and positions reporting directly to the
Heads of Research and Development at Bayer AG and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany .
He received his PhD in functional genomics and immunology
from the University of Cologne and his diploma in biochemistry and
physiological chemistry from the University of Tübingen. Uli Betz has won
several innovation awards for his innovation activities such as e.g. the German
Industry Innovation Award 2015, the Edison Award and the Stevie Gold Award in
2017 (R&D manager of the year), the German Idea Award 2014 and the Bio IT
world best practice award 2012.
Uli Betz is author and co-author of more than 80
publications (e.g. Cell, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology) and patents.