EMD Serono, USA
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

A History of Innovation

Success driven by a pioneering spirit

Success driven by a pioneering spirit

EMD Serono, Inc. is proud to belong to the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world. With a history spanning nearly 350 years, our parent company, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, still operates successfully in both sectors.


Friedrich Jacob Merck purchases the Angel Pharmacy (Engel Apotheke) in Darmstadt, Germany, which is still owned by the Merck family today.


The successful export business into the United States leads to the company's own establishment of the "agency for the sale of drugs and chemical products" in New York


Cesaro Serono founds the "Istitutio Farmacologico Serono" in Rome, Italy. The company specializes in the extraction and purification of natural substances.


As a consequence of WW I,  Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany loses its subsidiaries abroad, including Merck & Co. in the US, which had been founded in 1891. Merck & Co. becomes an independent US Company.


Serono S.A. opens offices in the United States.


Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany acquires Serono S.A. This marks the largest acquisition in the history of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. With its biopharmaceutical business known as EMD Serono in the US and Canada, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, becomes one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical companies.