Dennis Erb

Dennis Erb

, BSPh, ’84 PhD


Dennis M. Erb was recently named the Head of Research and Lexington Site Leader, Cubist Pharmaceutics, a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc. His previous position was a Senior Vice President of Global Regulatory Affairs at Merck Research Laboratories. Erb joined Merck in January 1984 as a Senior Research Assistant. In his 30 years at Merck, Erb has broadened his experience with assignments of increasing responsibility in Project Planning and Management (MRL), Pharmaceutical Engineering & Technical Sciences (Merck Manufacturing) and Worldwide Regulatory Affairs (MRL). From 2008-2012 he led the Japan Clinical and Regulatory Development organization responsible for strategic development and implementation of clinical research, scientific leadership and product registration in Japan.

In September 2012 he returned to the U.S. and was appointed to senior vice president of global regulatory affairs where he was responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Merck’s regulatory activities worldwide. His scope of responsibilities also included leadership of the worldwide product safety organization and clinical development activities in China.

Erb received his PhD in Pharmaceutics from the University of Iowa in 1984 and his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 1979.