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Philippe Lopes-Fernandes is the Senior Vice-President, Global Head of Business Development & Alliance Management for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. His team ensures execution of high-quality global and regional deals for all Merck KgaA, Darmstadt, Germany - BioPharma Healthcare franchises and all stages of development, from early technology to clinical stage and marketed products. Philippe is a results driven executive with more than 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He brings strong expertise in licensing and M&A, project management, marketing and sales and restructuring. He has directly negotiated key deals for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, including the in-licensing of Erbitux, the acquisition of Serono, the sale of the generic business to Mylan, the alliance with Pfizer on PDL1, and most recently the purchase of the Oncology pipeline from Vertex. He has lived and worked in France, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S. Philippe holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from Institut Superieur de Gestion in France.