Dirk Schapeler is the Head of Bayer’s LifeScience iHUB innovation center that he founded in Silicon Valley. An engineer in electronics and mechanics he studied in Karlsruhe Germany. Dirk previously served as the CEO of Bayer’s ViviTouch subsidiary Artificial Muscle Inc. in Sunnyvale that he sold in 2013. He is a co-inventor of electro active polymers and owns more than 13 patents. He has been working in Automotive, Material Science and Healthcare for almost 2 decades in the US, Germany, France and Mexico. In his current role he focuses on the digitalization of the pharma, consumer care and crop science industry.