The publication of our Annual Report is a good opportunity to reflect for a moment and to take stock, not only from a financial perspective. In my letter to you last year, I explained how we at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, want to help shape technological advances. Today we can see that we successfully did so in 2017.More
1668 Friedrich Jacob Merck purchases a pharmacy in Darmstadt.
1754 Johann Justus Merck works during his training in Stuttgart with the “Pharmacopoea Wirtenbergica”, the most modern pharmaceutical formulary of its time.
1827 Emanuel Merck drives the transformation from a pharmacy craft to a research-based industrial company forward with the presentation of the “Novitäten Cabinet”, the cabinet of novelties.
1850 In order to ensure the continued existence of his company, Emanuel Merck establishes the partnership E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany, together with his sons.
1879 Our company develops internationally, establishing business contacts to Asia (1832), North America (1845), South America (1851), Africa (1867), and Australia (1879).
1904 The entire factory is moved to its present-day location on Frankfurter Strasse and is expanded.
1917 The U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co., Inc., headquartered in New Jersey, USA, is expropriated and is entirely legally and economically independent today. Outside the United States and Canada, the company operates as MSD.
1987 Immunology research starts at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, with a focus on cancer therapy.
1995 Establishment of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. With a volume of DM 2.4 billion, this represents the largest public offering in German history at that time.
2007 The acquisition of Serono succeeds, making us a leading biotech company.
2010 The acquisition of Millipore in the United States creates a leading global partner for the life science industry.
2015 With the acquisition of the U.S. company Sigma-Aldrich, our company further expands its leading position in the life science business. The portfolio now encompasses more than 300,000 products.
2018 We celebrate our anniversary.