About merck

Merck is a leading science and technology company. Founded nearly 350 years ago, it is also the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. Since its establishment, Merck has become truly global. Around 50,000 employees work in 66 countries to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life.

Do you know how Merck is creating the future?

We are a company focused on cutting-edge science and technology. Our employees develop:


Prescription medicines to treat diseases like cancer and infertility, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for everyday health protection or to provide fast pain relief, and innovations in the areas of allergies and biosimilars.

Life Science

Innovative tools and laboratory supplies for the life science industry that make research and biotech production easier, faster and more successful.

Performance Materials

A wide range of specialty chemicals, such as liquid crystals for displays, effect pigments for coatings and cosmetics, or high-tech materials for the electronics industry.

The Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany is a fundamental element of Merck’s plans for the future. Supplementary to classic research and development, the Innovation Center is built to support, connect and inspire visionaries and entrepreneurs from around the world.

Through its Accelerator Program, the Innovation Center selects and supports early-stage startups with a 3-month incubation in Darmstadt or Nairobi. The focus is on projects in the fields of healthcare, life science, performance materials and digital solutions.