Who We Are
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 more than 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. Around 57,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 16.2 billion in 66 countries.
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.
Can You Feel It?
We are experts
Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials are our core businesses. In all three sectors, we offer specialized and high-quality products.
Inspiration from the laboratory
To visualize vibrant science and technology we didn’t need to look far, but rather closer. We found inspiration where science looks for answers: the lively world under the microscope.Explore more
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