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Meeta Chatterjee, PhD
Head, Business Strategy and Operations
Business Development and Licensing
Merck Research Laboratories

Meeta has more than 30 years of broad strategic and operational experience in pharmaceutical research & development, in-licensing and externalization activities. In her current role, she is responsible for Strategy, Transactions and Operations.  Meeta oversees all discovery and late-stage transactions worldwide, as well as early-stage transactions in geographies not served by Merck’s BD&L Innovation Hubs.  She also oversees BD&L governance, oversight and control within the Research Laboratories and across divisions. Additionally, she continues her role overseeing Merck’s Out-licensing efforts.

Previously, Meeta headed Merck’s Global Out-licensing and Asset Management team responsible for out-licensing activities. In this role, she expanded Merck’s business model to include the externalization of development compounds/programs, technologies, devices, and formulations to targeted partner organizations.

Meeta started her career in the Cardiovascular Discovery Research group at Schering Plough.  As head of the Vascular Biology group, she led research efforts in the areas of hypertension, atherosclerosis and obesity, and was a key member of the teams responsible for the discovery and development of Zetia® and Zontivity®. She later served as executive director, R&D Licensing at Schering Plough Research Institute.

Meeta received her undergraduate education at St. Xavier’s University in Ahmedabad, India and Rutgers University (B.A., Hons Physics).  She received a Ph.D. in Physiology from Rutgers University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at The University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Meeta is a member of the BioNJ Board of Trustees and is also active in other industry and licensing focused organizations.

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