Udit Batra, Ph.D.
Member of the Executive Board, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Dr. Udit Batra is Chief Executive Officer of MilliporeSigma, the $7.5 billion Life Science tools business of
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and a member of its Executive Board. In addition to leading MilliporeSigma, Udit
has Board responsibility for the company’s global Information Technology function. He also oversees the
company’s Bioethics Advisory Panel.
Born in New Delhi, India, Udit is an accomplished executive who has dedicated his career to improving health for
people globally, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare and the life sciences. After Udit became
2014, he and his team developed and executed a growth strategy that included the 2015 acquisition of chemicals
technology giant Sigma-Aldrich. Udit architected and led this merger — the largest acquisition in the history of
KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and one of the largest ever in the life science industry.
Today, Udit continues to lead the business through a strategic transformation that has made MilliporeSigma a
top-three player in the industry and an employer of choice in many regions where it operates around the world.
MilliporeSigma was named to The Boston Globe's annual "Top Places to Work" list in 2016 and 2017, as well
Boston Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" list in 2019. The company received an exclusive
certification as a top employer in North America by the independent Top Employers Institute in 2018 for the
second year in a row.
Also under Udit’s leadership, MilliporeSigma has earned several prestigious awards for innovation, including the
R&D 100 Award for Top Innovations in 2016; a Life Science Industry Award from BioInformatics in 2016 and an R&D
100 Award for Corporate Responsibility in 2017.
Udit has earned a well-deserved reputation for driving business growth and turnarounds, as well as building
high-performing teams. Previously, as head of the global Consumer Health business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt,
Germany, he and his team more than doubled the profitability of the business, making it the then fastest-growing
sector within the company.
Earlier in his career, Udit served in a range of leadership positions at Novartis, a Swiss multinational
pharmaceutical company. In addition to leading Corporate Strategy and Global Public Health and Market Access for
Vaccines and Diagnostics, he also served as president of the Australia Pharma business. During his tenure, this
subsidiary became the fastest-growing business amongst competitors in Australia and in Novartis. Prior to that,
Udit held senior positions in the healthcare, consumer and non-profit practices at McKinsey & Company, a global
and consulting company.
Udit earned both a Ph.D. and a B.S. in chemical engineering from Princeton University and the University of
Delaware, respectively. He started his career as a research engineer fellow at Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth,
New Jersey, where he worked on vaccines and small molecules. He has received multiple honors and awards,
including nationally competitive, recognized fellowships at Merck & Co., DuPont and Mitsubishi.
He serves as the chairman of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and as a board member on the Boston
Chamber of Commerce and MassBio. He is also a member of the Advisory Council at Princeton University’s
Department of Chemical Engineering and a member of the Advisory Council at the University of Delaware’s
Department of Chemical Engineering.
In 2016, Udit was named “CEO of the Year” by CPhI Pharma and was also recognized for his strategic leadership by
PharmaVOICE 100 in its list of top influencers. He was honored again by PharmaVOICE 100 in 2019.
Udit is a frequent keynote speaker, representing the company at global investor conferences and industry
congresses. Most recently, he presented at the National Academy of Sciences on Advances in Biologicals as part
of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals in Washington, DC and recently gave
the keynote at the 2019 U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in
Udit has keynoted at the following organizations: Massachusetts Association of Superintendents; BioAsia in
India; Societe de Chimie in New York, NY; University of Delaware’s Gerster Lecture and the Drug, Chemical and
Associated Technologies Association in New York, NY, among others.
Udit is an avid supporter of scientific education. MilliporeSigma has key programs to spark scientific curiosity
amongst school-aged children. Udit can be found teaching hands-on lessons in one of the company’s Curiosity
Cube® mobile science labs — or leading a SPARK™ volunteer program lab in a classroom — all hosting
age-appropriate science lessons in communities around the globe.