Michael Becker

Insights: Industry

Michael Becker is heading a laboratory in the area of kidney disease research at Bayer AG. In addition, he is leading multiple preclinical research projects partly involving other companies or academic institutions. After studies in Biochemistry at Tübingen University and Harvard Medical School, he did his PhD at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. He joined Bayer in 2015 in the area of Lead Discovery, where he worked on uHTS assay development and switched to his current position in 2016. In addition to his passion for drug discovery he has a strong interest in innovation. He won the Merck Innovation Cup in 2014 and is supporting innovation at Bayer in his role as Innovation Coach.

Preclinical Research in the Pharmaceutical Industry


Michael will talk about his personal career path and decisions who led him to his current position. Moreover, he will give an insight into his everyday work and the differences between research in pharma and academia. At the end of his talk, perspectives into other positions in pharma R&D and beyond will be given.