Laura Matz

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Laura Matz


Dr. Laura Matz is the Chief Science and Technology Officer for Merck, driving innovation and digitalization in Merck across the 3 business sectors, Life Sciences, Healthcare and Electronics. Serving as an executive vice-president within Merck, her areas of responsibility include Digital, Enterprise Data, Future Insight, as well as the company’s global innovation hubs in China, Israel, the U.S. and at its Darmstadt HQ. In addition, Laura is CEO for the newly launched data sharing platform company, Athinia, which is focused on enabling data sharing within the semiconductor ecosystem. Laura joined Merck, KGaA Darmstadt, Germany in 2019 through the acquisition of Versum Materials. She possesses 20 years of experience in semiconductor manufacturing and a decade of experience running semiconductor materials businesses. Prior to moving to the CSTO role, she served as Head of Planarization in the semiconductor materials business while also heading a sector-wide digital program for quality innovation with the company’s electronics customers. Laura started at Versum Materials in 2016, having previously worked at Air Products and Texas Instruments. Laura is a strong advocate for science and engineering in young talent. She has collaborated with ASU over the past 5 years to build a strong pipeline of interns. In 2020, Laura joined the AICHE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) ILI board (Institute for Learning and Innovation) which serves as a conduit for advancing chemical engineering talent for the U.S. Given that artificial intelligence and machine learning are enablers for the continued growth in the semiconductor industry, she is a member of the SEMI Smart Manufacturing board as well as the local AZ SEMI board. Laura has a PhD in analytical chemistry from Washington State University and undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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