Ulrike M. Grimm

Ulrike M. Grimm

Head Global Project & Alliance Management, Vice President, Vifor Pharma

Ulrike is an expert in ensuring successful operational execution and excellent team performance with a track record of developing drugs from research to market launch.

She has extensive experience in the leadership of multi-cultural and cross-functional project teams, within Research & Development in phase I – IV clinical studies, international product launches, portfolio and alliance management.


Ulrike is a pharmacist by training with a Ph.D. in pharmacology.

At Merck Serono KGaA she held various positions with increasing responsibilities, starting as a project manager, moving on to International Team Leader and Product Director.

In 2007 Ulrike joined Fresenius Biotech with responsibility for the Global Program & Portfolio Management department.

In Sept. 2010 she joined Vifor Pharma in Zürich and newly implemented the Global Project & Alliance Management Department. Her responsibilities focus on project, portfolio and change management. During 2013-15 she led the Global Clinical Operations department.

As of 2019, Ulrike will provide external Project Leader services as a consultant, supporting pharmaceutical companies to implement operational excellence.

Ulrike is an IMPA-certified Project Director and holds a lean six sigma Black Belt.