Merck is a global science and technology company with a passion for forward-thinking discoveries. We want to develop products and solutions for a better life. That's why we take a closer look at things, ask questions and think ahead.
We've been around for almost 350 years, yet the great majority of our shares are still held by the descendants of Friedrich Jacob Merck, the man who founded our company in Darmstadt in 1668.
To us, our 50,000 employees are more than lab coats, blue-collars, suits or faces amongst many others. Around the world we employ discoverers, we clear the way for pioneers and encourage bold innovators.
Our business sectors Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials contribute to shaping how our world lives, works, and plays through next generation advancements in science and technology. From improving electronic devices with smarter materials to generating ultra pure water, testing the quality of food and drugs, and treating cancer, Merck always promotes opportunities to break new ground.
We are Merck. The only exceptions to this are in the USA and Canada. Here we operate in the biopharma market as EMD Serono, in life science as MilliporeSigma, and in the specialty chemicals and high-tech materials business area as EMD Performance Materials. – menos