Dirk Schapeler is Vice President Digital Health at Bayer based in Silicon Valley. He previously served as Head of Bayer's LifeScience iHUB innovation center that he founded in Silicon Valley in 2015. 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. 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.

The Bayer LifeScience iHUB in Silicon Valley, USA, is one of several initiatives in order to make sure Bayer leverages digital technologies for its LifeScience businesses. Digital technologies are very important to the future success of Bayer. Bayer is therefore building up competencies in digital technologies, especially with external partners.