Karen Hackney

Head External Innovation & Partnering at Bayer Consumer Health


Karen leads the External Innovation & Partnering team within R&D at Bayer Consumer Health – responsible for delivering growth through partnerships.

Her team are responsible for delivering growth through partnerships that help meet unmet needs for our consumers. This can be all sorts of partnerships from investments, licenses, and joint developments to early stage research collaborations.

They always make sure to first look at each potential new relationship with a fresh view as they want to create a bespoke fit for purpose partnership where everyone wins. They also understand that working with a large organization can be confusing, complicated and frustrating. They aim to transform how partnerships are approached by humanizing the process.