Mervyn Turner, PhD
Dr. Mervyn Turner has nearly 35 years of experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery, research and development, licensing and business development, emerging markets strategy development and implementation. He currently operates his own consulting firm, MJ Turner Consulting, where he counsels biotech, pharma, venture capital and investment banking firms. He spent 27 years at Merck & Co. Inc in pharmaceuticals drug discovery, research and development, licensing and business development, emerging markets analysis, and strategy development and implementation. For 7 years, he was head of world-wide licensing and external research at Merck, during a period of rapid expansion in Merck’s partnering activities. He became Merck’s first Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the senior executive team in 2008, before retiring from the company in 2011.
Since his retirement from Merck & Co., he is currently an Advisor to Bay City Capital, a San Francisco-based venture firm, to Bridge Medicines, a commercial incubator for early stage innovation based in New York City, and is a Senior Advisor to the Healthcare group of Lazard, a leading financial services and investment banking firm. He holds his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield.