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Kelly George Associate Director, Global Project & Alliance Management at Merck


Kelly M. George, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Director, Global Project & Alliance Management at Merck in Rahway, NJ. In this capacity, she serves as a Core functional area member of Early Development and Product Development Teams, partnering with team leaders to plan and execute Merck’s development and in-line portfolio efforts. 

Dr. George leads project management aspects of internal and external research and development partnerships, including cross-functional, cross-divisional, and alliance governance committees.Prior to joining Merck, Dr. George was a Principal Scientist at L’Oréal USA Research & Innovation, where she directed Open Innovation/External Alliance projects in Advanced Research. She also spent 3 years working in Skincare developing novel formulations for several Clarisonic product launches.

Dr. George joined L’Oreal in 2012 following four years at Hoffmann-La Roche, where she managed teams and Discovery Chemistry projects as a Section Head and Lead Chemist for Oncology and Diabetes programs. Prior to Roche, she worked as a Scientist for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH.Dr. George graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington & Jefferson College with a B.A. in Chemistry and English. She obtained her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in the labs of Prof. Gary Molander, where she was awarded the Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship and was one of five women nationally recognized as a L’Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellow.

Dr. George has gained a broad, diverse skillset by working in both the pharmaceutical and consumer product development sectors and enjoys leading corporate innovation strategic programs. She is a dynamic and entrepreneurial scientific leader with a proven track record for leading teams, championing innovative collaborations, advancing projects and delivering products to the marketplace.  Dr. George was recognized by the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry as a 2014 Young Investigator, named one of the “50 Talks to Watch” by C&EN magazine and received the 2014 Young Alumni Award from Washington & Jefferson College. In 2017, Dr. George was recognized as a top “40 under 40” P&G Alumni by Google and the P&G Alumni Association.

Dr. George serves on the ACS Women Chemists Executive Committee (WCC), the UPENN Chemistry Scientific Advisory Board and the Edison Biotech Institute Board of Directors at Ohio University.  She is passionate about promoting women and minorities in STEM careers and was a featured panelist at the 2014 United Nations Women’s National Committee.

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