Merck is a vibrant science and technology company. 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*, with around 56,000 employees in 66 countries. In 2018, we invested a total of € 2.2 billion in research and development (R&D). In our sector Healthcare, our R&D efforts focus on patients with unmet medical needs. We invest substantial amounts in developing new therapies and medical technologies. Our Life Science experts help scientists and engineers to solve problems at every stage of their work. Through our Performance Materials business we provide high-tech materials and specialty chemical for displays, computer chips and all kind of surfaces. We take responsibility for our products, the environment and
the people around us. In doing so, safety and ethical aspects matter just as much to us as business success.