Merck Animal Health Ventures

About Us

Merck Animal Health Ventures partners with companies and invests in bringing new solutions to address unmet customer needs, including advanced digital technologies. We are innovators, and we lead by bringing together capabilities across veterinarians, startups, inventors, entrepreneurs, customers and investment partners.

Merck Animal Health Ventures is based in Madison, New Jersey and is actively seeking partnerships and technology investment opportunities.

If you think we could be a good partner for your innovation project, click here.

A History of Innovation

We are leveraging a long history of innovation at Merck Animal Health. We focus on harnessing the power of transformational solutions to meet our customers’ needs today… and anticipate their needs for tomorrow.

Our goal is to build new businesses that:

Address unmet customer needs

Align with Merck Animal Health core businesses

Provide entry into new markets or transform existing markets

Our Approach

We bring state-of-the-art animal health technologies to market. The process
we use to generate ideas, make investment decisions and implement
solutions is both repeatable and rigorous.


Our Portfolio


Who We Are

Our team includes technology and finance experts, animal scientists, veterinarians and entrepreneurs who focus on identifying and investing in companies with early-stage technologies, devices and solutions. We offer value to our partners through our:

Scientific approach, understanding of biology, disease conditions, treatment and prevention
Deep end-to-end understanding of our customers’ businesses

Expertise in data science and analytics

Customer access and global scale

We work side-by-side with our partners to ensure success at each milestone.

Meet Our Team

Leslie Ihnot

Falcon, Lead

Stephen Murray

Lead, Animal Health Ventures

John Kolb

Precision Swine

Nina Frogg

Falcon, biologist

Nick Nohling

Director, Animal Health Ventures

André Costa

Precision Poultry

Janette Barnard

Precision Ruminant


Rick DeLuca

President, Animal Health

Jim McIntyre

Chief Business Development Officer

Fernando Riaza

Chief Marketing Officer

Kyle Baker

Chief Financial Officer

KJ Varma, BVSc, MVSc, Ph.D.

Head of Research & Development

Jeroen Van de Ven

Lead, Merck Animal Health Intelligence

Eli Kamhine

Head of Strategy and Discovery, MAHI Technology Labs

Contact Us

Interested in learning more? Do you have an investment idea? Are you a customer who would like to partner with us? Please reach out.

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