Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.
Our pursuit is progress for people everywhere. That's why we take a closer look at things, ask questions and think ahead.
We've been around for almost 350 years, yet our majority owners are still the descendants of Friedrich Jacob Merck, the man who founded our company in Darmstadt, Germany in 1668.
Since then, we have become a truly global company, with 50,000 employees in 66 countries working on breakthrough solutions and technologies. In 2016, we invested a total of € 2.0 billion in research and development.
We are Merck. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada. Here we operate as EMD Serono in the Biopharma business, as MilliporeSigma in the Life Science business, and as EMD Performance Materials in the materials business.