Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Prospering in business for over 300 years

We’ve made history – but that’s no reason to sit back and relax. We are the world’s oldest pharmaceutical...more

We’ve made history – but that’s no reason to sit back and relax. We are the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with roots dating back to the year 1668. Since that time, a lot has happened, we’ve achieved a great deal – and a strong future lies ahead of us.

The formula for a better life? We’re working on it – every day!

Products for a better life

Ambitious goals, for example better quality of life. To this end, we’re not pursuing short-term trends,...more

Ambitious goals, for example better quality of life. To this end, we’re not pursuing short-term trends, but are focusing on our strengths in the business sectors Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials, including the development of new, innovative products and solutions as well as cooperative partnerships with our customers. These interactions are what enable us to transform good ideas into marketable products.

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General information about our company

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, 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. 
Founded in 1668, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the "Merck" name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.


Who we are
A pioneering company that advances technologies for life.


We are Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
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There are two different, unaffiliated companies that use the name MERCK.  Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates this website, uses the firm name “Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany,” in the United States and Canada, and also uses “EMD Serono” in healthcare, “MilliporeSigma” in life science and “EMD Performance Materials.”  The other company is Merck & Co., which uses the trademark MERCK only in the United States, Canada, Cuba and the Philippines.  Merck & Co. is not affiliated with or related to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which owns the MERCK trademark in all other countries of the world.
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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Frankfurter Straße 250
64293 Darmstadt
Tel.: +49 (0) 6151 72-0
Fax: +49 (0) 6151 72-2000
CEO: Dr. Stefan Oschmann
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LCD development

Displays have steadily undergone a series of innovations that have made colors more brilliant, lowered power consumption, and enabled 3D depictions. We are supplying the crucial substances.

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An award-winning research process

In the development of innovative liquid crystals, we are building on the ideas of many. Important input is provided not only by the company’s own basic research, but also by customers.

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