We’ve made it different
Our new brand embodies our vibrant global business that makes a meaningful difference in the world. It reflects how we have transformed over the last decade into a global science and technology company that makes a meaningful difference.
Our new look and feel is inspired by the forms and colours seen under the microscope. It captures the essence of our work: making people’s lives richer through detail and discovery.
Our appearance is a bright step into the future for our business, but our focus on product quality and customer care is unchanged. We will continue to deliver the very best for our customers and partners around the world.
The name’s …
In the USA and Canada the businesses of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are EMD Serono in biopharma, EMD Millipore in life science and EMD Performance Materials. The EMD stands for ‘Emanuel Merck Darmstadt’. All businesses are united by our big and colourful M.
Although we operate under different names, all our businesses are united by a common purpose: to advance technologies for life. We aim to co-create a better world with our customers, patients and partners.
Where we come from
Founded in 1668 in Darmstadt, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The success of the export business to the United States led in 1887 to the establishment of an office in New York, which gave rise to our subsidiary Merck & Co. four years later. Since 1917 the two companies have been separate.
To make it is easier to distinguish between the two companies, clear rules stipulate the rights to the name and the trademark:
- Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany – the original – holds the global rights to the name and the trademark "MERCK". The only exceptions are the USA and Canada, where we are represented EMD Serono, EMD Millipore and EMD Performance Materials.
- Merck & Co. holds the rights to the name and the trademark "MERCK" in the USA and Canada only. In the rest of the world the company operates under different names.