Merck 350 Open Innovation

Invitation to innovate with Merck | Link

Always Curious - Imagine the next 350 years and tackle tomorrow's challenges today.

In 2018, Merck celebrates its 350th anniversary. "Always Curious – Imagine the Next 350 Years" will be the anniversary motto aiming to put curiosity to work for human progress.

We invite you to participate in the various 350 activities to tackle tomorrow's challenges today!

Stimulating Research Grants application until Aug 15, 2018

350 Research Challenges - Win Reward and recognition by solving 350 challenges

Ideation & Team-Matching Workshop

Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam | Link

April 25, 2018, 3:00 - 7:00pm

To guarantee a diverse group of highly qualified participants, we kindly ask you to answer the following questions with about 1-3 sentences each.

Please send your application email till 15 April 2018 to

Selected participants will be named till 17 April. 

a) What is your background (program of study, semester, etc.)
b) Do you already have an idea? If yes, describe it shortly.
c) What is your interest in participating (e.g. finding a team, looking for creative input, etc.)

For more information visit the website

Basically, each team that has an HPI IT-Systems Engineering or D-School student or alumni in the team, which are of course also invited to the ideation workshop, can afterwards take part in the business plan competition which offers prizes up to 100,000€.

Open Accelerator, 2018

On April 5th, Open Accelerator (OA) will launch the international Call for Projects 2018. The applications will be accepted until June 10th, 2018.

Link for applications

The Open Accelerator is targeting projects and startups working in the Central Nervous System (including Parkinson’s) and Respiratory diseases – the therapeutic areas of Zambon. They look for innovations in 4 technological areas: Drug delivery systems, digital health, wearables and big data, medical devices, diagnostics, biomarkers. The acceleration program will be delivered together with our official partners Deloitte and Bird&Bird. The winners of the acceleration program will not only get a chance to receive a seed investment of up to 100 000 euro per project, but most importantly, to develop their technology together with the strategic partner Zambon.