Merck KGaA was founded in Darmstadt, Germany in 1668 by Friedrich Jacob Merck, and ​is​ the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The Merck family has remained the majority owner of the company to this ​day. Over the course of nearly 350 years, we have become a truly global company with approximately 50,000 employees in 66 countries. Our people are united by their passion for new ideas, the possibilities of technology, and the potential to make a difference in the world. We are known as “Merck” internationally. However, in the United States and Canada, we are known as Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and we operate as EMD Serono in the Biopharma business, as MilliporeSigma in the Life Science business, and as EMD Performance Materials in the materials business.


EMD Serono focuses exclusively on specialty care - integrating cutting-edge science with industry-leading patient support. We have a legacy of both trying to find solutions to hard to treat conditions, as well as developing patient assistance programs that help ensure that those who need our therapies are able to access them. As one of the top five U.S. companies exclusively focused on specialty care, we see our innovation as a matter of balancing science with emotion - integrating our top minds in research and development with the insights from patients and health care practitioners. Our therapeutic areas of focus include; Neurology, Fertility, Endocrinology, Oncology, Immuno-Oncology​ ​and Immunology.