Accelerating health and startups

Merck Digital Sciences Studio

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About MDS Studio

The Merck Digital Sciences Studio (MDS Studio, or MDSS) is a 10-month hands-on accelerator program providing mentorship, coaching, training, support, community, and investment to enable the next generation of innovative technologies for drug discovery and development. We invest in disruptive and innovative startups in digital biopharma by offering up to $150,000 via a SAFE and access to Microsoft's Founders Hub resources, including up to $150,000 in Azure compute credits. The MDS Studio’s unique design and network empowers startups to engage with industry leading partners, who take an active role in development.

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Newark, NJ
Cambridge, MA

Commitment to Diversity

MDSS values diversity across all its programs and investments. We believe founder diversity is more than just an asset, but an investor advantage for building outperforming startups. MDSS is committed to cultivating diversity in our portfolio and the broader ecosystem. We encourage founders from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences to apply to our studio programs.

About Our Programs

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No lectures. We work with founders to explore, discuss, and implement startup building best practices.
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Each portfolio company is matched with a mentorship team; one MDSS staff and at least one specialist from our corporate partners. These mentors work with their assigned company through the program and are trained on how to best support startup founders.
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Expert Coaching
Aligning with sprint programming and workshops, MDSS brings in experts, thought leaders, and service providers to provide support to founders in the areas they need.
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Perhaps more important than any other aspect of the programming is the community of support MDSS builds among its cohorts and alumni investments. Cross-collaboration between founders and social events are built into the fabric of MDSS.

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