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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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.