Licensing/Business Development, Merck & Co
Dr. Manfred Horst studied medicine in Munich, Montpellier and London and specialised in Allergic Diseases at the University Clinic in Montpellier. After his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, started a career in the life sciences industry: 7 years with Ciba-Geigy and Novartis, Basel, 2 years in the health insurance business with an affiliate of Munich Re, and now 10 years with Merck & Co./MSD. In his current function as Director Licensing & External Research Europe since 2004.
- R&D partnerships in changing times ( 504Kb)
Despite a considerable increase of R&D expenses, the research-driven pharmaceutical industry has seen a remarkable decline in productivity over the last two decades. This phenomenon has led to a flurry of partnering activities, both among the large corporations and with SMEs from the biotech world. Merck, once the undisputed No.1, strives to regain its leadership through focused scientific partnerships with innovative small and medium-sized companies, before and after the merger with Schering-Plough.