Merck GHIF Names Joel Krikston managing director

Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, the venture arm of drug maker Merck & Co, said it has appointed Joel Krikston as a managing director. In his new role, Krikston will lead venture capital investments with a focus on digital healthcare innovations in areas adjacent to Merck’s core business of pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

Prior to joining Merck GHIF, Krikston was an investment principal at Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, where he was responsible for equity investments in support of J&J’s operating companies and emerging growth platforms.