R&D in Healthcare

A pioneering approach to research and development enables our Healthcare business to discover new treatments and help patients around the world to live a better life.


Vibrant science across the globe

Patients are at the center of all our research and development efforts. We are committed to innovation in science that will ultimately make a meaningful difference in people’s lives all over the world. Ever since Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, was founded 350 years ago, we have gained unmatched experience in the discovery, development and manufacturing of medicines.

On top of leveraging our experience and expertise, we also believe that a healthier future deserves a sizable investment. Each year our Healthcare business devotes roughly 20% of total sales to R&D activities aimed at discovering and developing new therapies. All of these are integrated in a global organization with four strategically located and highly connected hubs on three continents: Darmstadt, Boston, Beijing and Tokyo.

Browse the programs in our R&D pipeline to see what we’re currently working on by phase, therapeutic area, and compound type. You can also see what we’ve discovered in-house versus those assets we’re partnering on with other giants in our industry.

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FDA Approves MAVENCLAD® (Cladribine) Tablets as First and Only Short-Course ...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved MAVENCLAD® (cladribine) tablets for the treatment of adults with relapsing-remitting disease ...

2019/03/29

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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Announces Opening of First M Lab™ Collaboration ...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany today officially announced the opening of a new M Lab™ Collaboration Center in Molsheim, France. The center is the first in Europe and ninth worldwide for the company’s...

2019/03/20

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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Plans to Invest € 1 Billion at the Darmstadt ...

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, today announced that the company management and the Joint Works Council have signed a comprehensive agreement applicable to the Darmstadt site.

2019/03/20

Diversity is a source of strength. As centers of excellence, our four global R&D hubs allow the 3,000 professionals of our Healthcare research and development team to leverage different cultures, regional knowledge and broad perspectives.

Luciano Rossetti

Head of Research and Development

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Are you curious to see how you can contribute to a healthier future? Join our team of scientists and development professionals! You can find all open positions within our Healthcare business in the Careers section.

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Partner with our R&D experts to unlock your project’s potential. We believe in mutually beneficial alliances built on transparency and commitment to ambitious, well-defined goals. These can be many and varied. For example, to help bring innovations to market, or to better market commercial products. Whatever your project, we are excited to hear your proposal!

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Innovators wanted! We highly value creativity, initiative and innovation. So, it’s very important to us that we recognize scientists, students and entrepreneurs who exhibit these qualities in outstanding work.

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