The Boehringer Ingelheim “School for Intrapreneurs” wins ‘Most Impactful Emerging of Global Initiative at eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards 2015

Philadelphia, PE - Boehringer Ingelheim has won the ‘Most Impactful Emerging or Global Initiative’ at the eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards, a ceremony that uniquely supports pharmaceutical companies who prioritise value for patients and customers.


The ‘Most Impactful Emerging or Global Initiative’category looks at projects that fully consider the global needs of the healthcare industry and has developed solutions that are applicable on a local and a global scale. Boehringer Ingelheim’s ‘School for Intrapreneurs’ project beat off competition through its out-of-the box approach to generating internal innovation, showing the company’s desire to stay at the forefront of the transformation of healthcare to better serve the patient.

Large pharma companies have faced a shortage of innovation as they struggle to adapt to new market priorities, and potential game changing ideas are often locked inside a glacial corporate structure. The ‘School for Intrapreneurs’ is a bold initiative to break this environment and give space to budding entrepreneurs across all functions. Employees learn how to overcome the resistance from traditional ways of working, while iteratively developing their ideas in preparation. Employees are able to pitch to join the internal incubator and receive the opportunity to get the support to develop strong ideas and put them into practice.

The winning individuals and projects were selected from around 80 initiatives from North America and announced yesterday at the inaugural eyeforpharma Philadelphia Awards ceremony, determined by a judging panel of senior industry experts, and patient advocates. Technology-driven projects that were able to translate global priorities into a local context were favored.

Judges in particular praised Boehringer’s decision to tackle traditional culture head on and create a centrally supported space to protect and nurture ideas that go against the grain with Paolo Moreira from EMD Serono saying, “This is a great idea! Many companies have made similar attempts, but this one just seems to get it right. They are providing the resources and tools to really foster innovation based on the principle that the most innovative ideas come from the people who are actually doing the work. By providing resources (education/mindset, skill-building, time and financial), the tools are in place to generate innovation.”

Julie Staudenmier, Executive Director – Leadership & Organization Development, was at the ceremony to collect the award on behalf of Boehringer Ingelheim.

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