Merck introduces Merck Uptune Program

Published August 4, 2022, 8:00 AM

by Edgard Hilario

The Merck Uptune Program is Merck’s startup collaboration program. It supports early-stage companies across Asia working on relevant topics within healthcare, life science, electronics, and smart manufacturing, and with a strong focus on 

• digital health solutions; 

• innovative technologies/materials for semiconductor and display; 

• cellular, molecular- and immuno-assays; cell and gene therapy tools, chemistry and materials for life science; 

• Supply chain innovation, data management, simulation and analytics for manufacturing 

The selected companies will receive up to € 100,000 in financial assistance, mentoring, and coaching from Merck experts in the areas of research, business development, strategy and finance. With the aim of developing proofs-of-concepts, the companies have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of business scenarios and needs and test their solutions on the international stage with Merck’s global presence in 66 countries, which could lead to instrumental business cases or a partnership with Merck. 

The Merck Uptune startup collaboration program will start in mid-November 2022. The application period will run through September 4, 2022 via the website ( Merck is looking for up to five startups to participate in the program.