Bayer’s Kerins named vice chair of innovation center

Bayer U.S. announced Tuesday that Raymond Kerins Jr., its senior vice president and head of communications, government relations & policy, has been elected vice chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center.

The Whippany-based unit of the global life sciences company said in a news release that Kerins will be a leader in GIPC’s efforts to support intellectual property standards that promote innovation, create jobs and save lives.

“Intellectual property is the lifeblood of innovation,” Kerins said in a prepared statement. “A strong system that honors patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets is the only sustainable way that will bring forward the latest lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies.”

Kerins joined Bayer in 2013 after serving in senior communications jobs with drugmakers Pfizer and Merck.

“Ray is a creative, thoughtful and effective policy leader and communicator,” David Hirschmann, CEO and president of GIPC, said in a statement. “We are fortunate to welcome Ray as vice chairman as we work around the world to advance intellectual property standards.”