EMD Millipore, the life science division of Germany's Merck KGaA, has appointed Udit Batra as president and CEO effective May 15.

Batra joins EMD Millipore from the consumer health division of Merck KGaA. He previously worked at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, where he was head of global public health and market access. Prior to that, he served in a range of executive management positions at Novartis, including global head of corporate strategy and country president for the pharma business in Australia.

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