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Arash Hanifi

Executive Director, Strategic Innovation Alliances

Arash Hanifi is an Executive Director of Alliance Management at Merck Global Health Innovation Fund. He leads the efforts to develop collaborative relationships between GHI portfolio companies and Merck. Arash has over 17 years of experience in entrepreneurship, strategy consulting, and healthcare/pharmaceutical. Prior to joining GHI, he led strategy initiatives for the Merck oncology franchise and managed CVS/Caremark PBM account. Prior to Merck, Arash worked in business consulting at Sanvize Consulting, and co-founded two companies, Plasmatech and Spadana Biomedical. Arash did his PhDs in Biomaterials and Bioengineering and post-doctoral training in protein identification. He completed his MBA in finance and entrepreneurship management at the Wharton School with highest honors as a Palmer Scholar.