Mike Stapleton is responsible for the life sciences business service strategy at Accenture, driving the execution of a five year strategy and business plan, working across the line of business, platform and domain leaders to develop and execute the strategies necessary to grow the life science business, including M&A, alliances, transformative deal shapes, and industry adjacencies.
Prior to joining Accenture, Mike held the position of VP & CIO, R&D IT at Merck (MSD), where he had global responsibility for all IT and informatics in support of Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) from discovery, through clinical, regulatory, safety and RWE. At Merck he most recently led a broad ranging 5 year strategy and talent planning initiative for MRL IT and drove cross-industry thought leadership on pre-competitive business models. For over twenty years prior to Merck, Mike led scientific businesses serving the pharmaceutical, biotech and research industries; as GM Informatics & VP Growth and Innovation at Perkin Elmer; VP Informatics, Marketing and eBusiness at Life Technologies and as EVP & COO at Accelrys. Mike has performed scientific research in industry at British Petroleum and in academia at Cornell University; he has a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.