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Merck Millipore Introduces Incoming CEO and President
Merck Millipore, the Life Science division of Merck, announces the appointment of Udit Batra, Ph.D. as its incoming President and CEO, responsible for the organization’s strategic direction to drive growth and product innovation as well as oversight of the worldwide operations.
Dr. Batra will assume leadership effective May 15, 2014 and be based at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Massachusetts. “As a global leader in the Life Sciences industry, I am very humbled and excited to be a part of Merck Millipore team and look forward to serving our customers globally,” Dr. Batra said. “As a former researcher who personally utilized the strong differentiated products that Merck Millipore offers, I have watched this organization develop over the past several years, and look forward to further building upon that success to bring continued value to our customers and other stakeholders.”
Dr. Batra comes to Merck Millipore from the Consumer Health division of Merck KGaA, where he successfully grew the business in established and emerging markets. He previously worked at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, where he was Head of Global Public Health and Market Access. Prior to that, he served in a range of executive management positions at Novartis, including global Head of Corporate Strategy and Country President for the Pharma Business in Australia.
Dr. Batra started his career as a research engineer at Merck & Co. In 2001, he joined McKinsey where he worked across the healthcare, consumer and nonprofit sectors as a senior engagement manager. In 2004, he was appointed global Brand Director for the Wound Care Franchise at Johnson & Johnson, before joining Novartis in 2006.
Dr. Batra is a member of the WSMI (World Self Medication Industry) and the Chair of the Food Supplements Committee of the AESGP (Association of the European Self-Medication Industry).
He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.
About Merck Millipore
Merck Millipore is the Life Science division of Merck KGaA of Germany and offers a broad range of innovative, performance products, services and business relationships that enable our customers’ success in research, development and production of biotech and pharmaceutical drug therapies. Through dedicated collaboration on new scientific and engineering insights, and as one of the top three R&D investors in the Life Science Tools industry, Merck Millipore serves as a strategic partner to customers and helps advance the promise of life science.
Headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, the division has around 10,000 employees, operations in 66 countries and 2013 revenues of €2.6 billion Merck Millipore operates as EMD Millipore in the U.S. and Canada.