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GAUSS Career Impulse Session (18 June 2021, 14-15:30h) with Dr. Markus Strasser (Merck): “From Research to Sales, Marketing & Medical Affairs”


We are happy to announce our next GAUSS Career Impulse Session with Dr. Markus Strasser (Merck):

Markus is an alumnus of our Molecular Biology MSc/PhD program. He performed his doctoral thesis in the Zebrafish lab of Prof. Erez Raz at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and finished his PhD in 2007. After his PhD he started his professional career in Switzerland as a sales representative for the oncology portfolio at Sanofi-Aventis. After 2,5 years he switched to Merck and moved to marketing as a Product Manager Oncology. In 2016 he was promoted to lead the Swiss Oncology unit as Business Unit Director Oncology, leading the marketing and sales team. In 2019 he got the opportunity to move to a headquarter position as marketing director for a new oncology product to prepare the global launch. Now he is back in Switzerland where he changed from a commercial into a medical role as Manager Medical Strategy & Operations. In this function he oversees all medical affair activities across different therapeutic areas.

In this session Markus will be sharing insights on his career steps and his experience. Of course, questions from your side are more than welcome.

  • Date: 18 June, 2021
  • Time: 14:00-15:30 (appr.)
  • Location: online session via zoom

Please write a short e-mail to if you plan to attend, so you’ll receive the log-in details in due time.

About the sessions: Our Career Impulse Sessions offer a platform for interactive and informal exchange about career-related topics for PhD students and postdocs in the Life and Natural Sciences. By inviting PhD holders with different career paths, we would like to illustrate the broad range of potential careers for PhD students and postdocs and give inspiration for career choices.

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