Founded in Darmstadt, Germany in 1668 by Friedrich Jacob Merck, we are the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. Today, the Merck family remains the majority owner of the company.
Over the course of nearly 350 years, we have become a truly global company. Our approximately 50,000 employees work in 66 countries and are united by their passion for new ideas, the possibilities of technology, and the potential to make a difference in the world.
We are known as Merck internationally. In the United States and Canada, however, 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.
Across healthcare, life science and performance materials, we bring specialist and high-quality products to the world.
From groundbreaking prescription medicines that treat conditions such as cancer and infertility to over-the-counter products for colds and pain, our work makes a difference to millions of lives around the world.
Providing scientists and engineers with best-in-class lab materials, technologies and services, we are dedicated to making research and biotech production simpler, faster and more successful.
Developing specialty chemicals for particularly demanding applications, we provide groundbreaking liquid crystals for displays, effect pigments for coatings and colour cosmetics, and high-tech materials for the production of integrated circuits.
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