Who We Are

We are the vibrant science and technology company. Science is at the heart of everything we do. It drives the discoveries we make and the technologies we create.


we are vibrant science and technology

Our pursuit is progress for people everywhere. That's why we take a closer look at things, ask questions and think ahead.

We've been around for 350 years, yet our majority owners are still the descendants of Friedrich Jacob Merck, the man who founded our company in Darmstadt, Germany in 1668.

Since then, we have become a truly global company, with around 51,000 employees in 66 countries working on breakthrough solutions and technologies. In 2017, we invested a total of € 2.1 billion in research and development.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the rights to the name and the trademark “MERCK” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where 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.

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Can You Feel It?

Brilliant ideas are born at Merck. They are life-changing, influencing how we tackle major illness, and integral to the objects we rely on. From cancer therapies and laboratory tools, to screens on smartphones or make-up – Science and technology are everywhere and touch our lives in diverse ways.

We are experts

Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials are our core businesses. In all three sectors, we offer specialized and high-quality products.

Our businesses

We help improve and prolong life

From prescription medicines to treat conditions such as cancer and infertility to over-the-counter products for a healthy lifestyle, our goal is to make a difference to millions of lives.

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Our research helps researchers

In our Life Science business we collaborate with the global scientific community to solve the industry's toughest problems. We provide scientists with lab materials, technologies and services to make research and biotech production simpler, faster and safer.

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We create brilliant perspectives and crystal clear images

In our Performance Materials business we develop specialty chemicals for demanding applications, from liquid crystals and OLED materials for displays and lighting to effect pigments for coatings and cosmetics through to high-tech materials for the electronics industry.

Explore Performance Materials

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