Local Company, Global Strength
Merck KGaA is a global pharmaceutical and chemical enterprise with over 40,000 employees in 67 countries. The Pharmaceutical business sector comprises innovative prescription drugs as well as over-the-counter products. The Chemical business sector offers specialty products for the electronics, printing, coatings, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
The operational business is managed under the umbrella of Merck KGaA headquartered in Darmstadt (Germany). Around 30% of the company’s total capital is publically traded, while the Merck family owns an interest of about 70% via the general partner E. Merck KG. Merck is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company—its roots date back to 1668. In 1917, the U.S. subsidiary Merck & Co. was expropriated and has been an independent company ever since.
On January 5, 2007, Merck KGaA acquired Serono S.A. and together with the former Merck Ethicals division, created a global business focusing on innovation prescription pharmaceuticals with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The complementary strengths of both organizations have created a new business that is greater than the sum of its parts, both commercially and across clinical programs.
Merck Serono – A Unique Force in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Merck Serono combines its complementary expertise in new chemical entities (NCEs) and new biological entities (NBEs) to offer innovative prescription drugs of either origin. With comprehensive skills in all areas from research and development to manufacturing, marketing and sales, the division offers its world-class products in over 150 countries worldwide. Our strategically positioned workforce of 8,000 sales and marketing employees ensured commercial coverage in the U.S. and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan.
EMD Serono – A Driving Force in Biopharmaceuticals
EMD Serono, Inc. and Merck Serono S.A. are affiliates of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, with over 17,500 employees worldwide and a strong presence on all continents. EMD Serono employs more than 1,100 people in the United States—over 700 of whom are based in the company’s home state of Massachusetts. With a world-class commercial facility at its U.S. headquarters in Rockland, MA and a research site as well as protein production operations in Billerica, MA, EMD Serono has had a significant presence in and around Boston for more than 30 years.
EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical division of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has built its presence not only in Massachusetts, but around the United States, with a best-in-class specialty sales force in major markets all over the nation, as well as a dedicated Government Affairs team based in the heart of Washington, DC.