MSD launches IDEA Studios to Fuel Health Care Innovation

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June 20, 2024 8:22 am +00:00

Idea Studios will be strategically located in Asian and European innovation hubs to partner closely with early-stage companies focused on inproving patient care

Zurich, June, 18, 2024 – MSD (tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA) (NYSE: MRK) announced todaythe launch of its IDEA Studios, a new initiative led by the MSD Global Health Innovation Fund (MGHIF) and MSD’s regional teams to fund and collaborate with entrepreneurs and early-stage companies focused on delivering transformative health care solutions.

Announced at the HLTH Europe conference, MSD IDEA Studio Asia Pacific and MSD IDEA Studio Europe will combine the company’s industry-leading corporate venture arm with the deep health care expertise of its regional business teams. Strategically located in the vibrant innovation hubs of Singapore and Berlin, respectively, the IDEA Studios will create an entrepreneurial environment and facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas to foster breakthrough initiatives.

“At MSD, we are constantly seeking to apply digital and data science technologies to improve patient outcomes and help accelerate our purpose of saving and improving lives,” said Joseph Romanelli, president of MSD Human Health International. “The launch of MSD IDEA Studios will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to leverage our deep health care expertise to accelerate their impact and achieve meaningful innovation to improve patients’ lives.”

As part of these efforts, MSD business teams in Asia Pacific and Europe will collaborate closely with MGHIF investors to select and fund local entrepreneurs who are developing innovative health care solutions. The MGHIF plans to invest US $38 million across both regions during the next three years. Key areas of interest within IDEA Studio Asia Pacific include access to vaccinations and cancer therapies. MSD IDEA Studio Europe will look for innovative ways to diagnose disease earlier, monitor patients to enhance medication adherence, and enhance clinical trial recruitment.

“We are excited to build on MGHIF’s track record of growth investing to collaborate with our colleagues in the Asia Pacific and European regions via the MSD IDEA Studio,” said Joel Krikston, managing director venture investments, MGHIF. “We aim to fuel innovative solutions through strategic investments that will ultimately enable better access to medicines and vaccines for patients.”

Those interested in learning more about the IDEA Studios or wishing to apply can visit:

About MSD IDEA Studio Asia Pacific

Based in Singapore, the MSD IDEA Studio Asia Pacific is actively seeking opportunities to fund and partner with entrepreneurs and early-stage companies across the region. Key areas of initial interest include innovative solutions to improving access to vaccinations, and cancer therapies.

About MSD IDEA Studio Europe

Based in Berlin, the MSD IDEA Studio Europe is actively seeking opportunities to fund and partner with entrepreneurs and early-stage companies across the region. Areas of initial interest include innovative ways to enable early diagnosis of disease, remote patient monitoring solutions to enhance medication adherence and applications to streamline clinical trial operations and recruitment.

About MSD

At MSD, known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, N.J., USA in the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than 130 years, we have brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world – and today, we are at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals. We foster a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable, and healthy future for all people and communities. For more information, visit and connect with us @MSDintheUK on X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn,  Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.  

About MSD Global Health Innovation Fund

MSD Global Health Innovation Fund (MGHIF) is a growth investor partnering with innovative digital health and data science companies that facilitate and optimise biopharmaceutical operations with the goal of improving patient care. This investment strategy connects innovative companies with complementary technologies to develop integrated health care solutions. MGHIF has $500M under management and provides growth capital to emerging health care technology companies worldwide while leveraging the vast R&D-based, global resources of MSD. With a vision that data will be the currency in health care, MGHIF invests broadly in digital health. MGHIF invests in platform companies with proven technologies or business models where MSD’s expertise and perspectives can accelerate revenue growth and enhance value creation. 

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