Dirk Schapeler is Vice President Digital at Bayer based in San Jose, CA. He previously served as Head of Bayer’s LifeScience iHUB innovation center that he founded in Mountain View in 2015. An engineer in electronics and mechanics he studied in Karlsruhe, Germany. Prior to that he served as the CEO of Bayer’s ViviTouch subsidiary Artificial Muscle Inc. in Sunnyvale.

Dirk’s focus is on connecting with small and large technology companies to establish partnerships, new products and service offerings and create new revenue streams in lifesciences. His team includes data scientists, business model experts and physicians. Digital technologies are very important to the future success of Bayer. Bayer is therefore building up competencies in digital technologies, especially with external partners.