Markus Obkircher

Markus Obkircher

Director R&D

Merck KGaA



Markus Obkircher is Director R&D heading Merck’s Reference Materials and Proficiency Testing division with teams in the US and Switzerland. He is responsible for the in-house development of new analytical standards and certified reference materials under ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 17034 double accreditation. Prior to this position he was R&D Manager in Buchs, Switzerland, with a strong focus on synthesis, characterization and certification of reference materials. He joined Merck / Sigma-Aldrich eight years ago after heading the development unit for a custom API manufacturer. He completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard in Boston and his PhD thesis in Basel, and further holds an executive MBA degree from the University of Zurich.


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