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Merck is a leading science and technology company in the healthcare, life sciences and performance materials industries. Around 50,000 employees work on developing technologies that enrich our lives – from biopharmaceutical therapies for treating cancer or multiple sclerosis and pioneering systems for scientific research and production right through to liquid crystals for smartphones or LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck generated a turnover of 12.8 billion euros in 66 countries.
Founded in 1668, Merck is the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world. The founding family is still the majority shareholder of this listed company.
Merck, which is based in Darmstadt, holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the USA and Canada, where the company markets itself as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.
Healthcare – People are our focus
Our biopharmaceutical portfolio includes prescription drugs for treating colorectal cancer, head and neck tumors, multiple sclerosis, infertility, growth hormone disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and thyroid diseases, including underactive or overactive thyroids.
The Consumer Health product range includes non-prescription drugs for the relief of muscle, joint and back pain, colds and headaches. In addition, we also produce probiotic food supplements, vitamin C and products with vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support the health of women during pregnancy, lactation and menopause.
The portfolio of allergy pharmaceuticals includes diagnostics and drugs for specific immunotherapy (SIT) for allergies.
The Biosimilar division develops biosimilar medicines to treat cancer and inflammatory diseases.
Life Sciences has a broad product and technology portfolio for the life sciences industry. These products and services are used in the exploration, development and production of chemical and biotechnological medicinal products and in research and application laboratories. In addition, Life Sciences offers analysis systems and test kits for the food and beverage industry.
Performance Materials – High-tech chemicals
The Performance Materials product portfolio comprises specialty chemicals and functional materials for the consumer electronics, lighting, photovoltaics, printing, coatings and plastics industries as well as for cosmetics and food.