Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
 
 
 

We are the Original

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading science and technology company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials.
   
Founded in 1668 in Darmstadt, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The success of the export business to the United States led in 1890 to the establishment of a branch in New York, which gave rise to our subsidiary Merck & Co. in 1891. That subsidiary was seized by the U.S. government and became an independent company at the end of World War I. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Merck & Co. have been separate companies ever since. 
   
As a result, today there are two different, unaffiliated companies that use the name MERCK. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates this website, uses the firm name “Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany,” in the United States and Canada, and also uses “EMD Serono” in healthcare, “MilliporeSigma” in life science and “EMD Performance Materials” in performance materials. 
   
The other company, Merck & Co., is not affiliated with or related to Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Merck & Co. uses the trademark MERCK in the United States and Canada but cannot use that trademark in the rest of the world; rather, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, owns the trademark MERCK internationally (other than in the U.S. and Canada). The exceptions are Cuba and the Philippines, where both companies may use MERCK concurrently. To reflect such fact and to avoid any confusion, certain logos, terms and business descriptions of the publications on this website have been substituted or modified, such as by referring to “Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany” instead of “Merck” standing alone. Publications on this webpage, therefore, slightly deviate from the otherwise identical versions accessible outside the United States and Canada.
 
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How we are branded in North America

EMD Serono
Our biopharmaceuticals subsidiaries EMD Serono are pursuing activities in selected indications for highly specialized therapeutic areas mainly treated by specialists.
MilliporeSigma
Our life science subsidiary MilliporeSigma provides technologies, tools and solutions that enable our customers to achieve success in the areas of life science research and biotech and pharmaceutical manufacturing.
EMD Performance Materials
EMD Performance Materials offers specialty chemicals that are used in a variety of end products.
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