There are legacies. And then there are LEGACIES.
It is indeed a small field of companies that can boast a heritage stretching back to 1668. Rarer still are those legacy organizations that continue to reinvent themselves, and constantly seek new ways to discover, create, explore and deliver cutting- edge solutions to modern global challenges.
Could Friedrich Jacob Merck have known that the company he founded nearly 350 years ago in Darmstadt, Germany would still be thriving today? Did he realize the roots he was putting down would support no mere “tree”, but in fact an entire forest of innovation?
Whether he foresaw it or not, the humble business he began has grown into a company of approximately 50,000 employees working in 66 countries. A workforce united by their passion for new ideas, technological possibilities and the prospect of making a difference in the world.
The company operates in the US and Canada as EMD Serono in the biopharma business; as MilliporeSigma in the life science business; and as EMD Performance Materials in the hi-tech materials business.
Three businesses. Countless scientifi c insights. And centuries of innovation to build upon and to guide the future. In a fl attened world, where our shared human challenges cut across class, culture and country, solutions require many angles, and are multidisciplinary by design.
The family of businesses that comprise Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany celebrate exploration and discovery, and the wonders and promise of science, in all its vibrant forms.
Three distinct businesses comprise Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Together, these businesses bring specialist and high-quality products to the world.
Integrates cutting-edge science, innovative products and devices, and industry-leading patient support and access programs.
Providing scientists and engineers with best-in-class lab materials, technologies and services, and dedicated to making research and biotechnology production simpler, faster and more successful.
Developing specialty chemicals for particularly demanding applications, this business sector provides cutting-edge liquid crystal and OLED technology for displays, effect pigments for coating and color cosmetics, and high-tech materials for the production of integrated circuits.
A “CURIOUS” CULTURE
So what links all three of these diverse businesses? It is the drive to discover new things, to achieve new scientifi c insights and uncover breakthroughs that translate into products and solutions for patients, customers and the world at large.
Indeed, the company has always taken the “long view” when it comes to discovery. The culture inspires everyone to be curious and to ponder unique ways to innovate, to find solutions from their own unique angle.
Consider the story from Martha Rook, a researcher at MilliporeSigma: She is passionately curiousa scientist at heart. New cell therapies in development for degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and diabetes will require massive amounts of stem cells. Rook and her team developed a novel product to grow large quantities of stem cells with less effort and at a lower cost than traditional methods. Stem cells are essential to improving a number of drug discovery and development processes. Industrial production of stem cells, made possible by innovations like this one, is essential for driving research forward. The invention and others like it are not necessarily topics of everyday conversation, but they lead to the extraordinary medical breakthroughs that improve the lives of people around the world.
This is merely one example of the day to day insights the company’s global workforce puts to use in their research-driven exploration to solve the biggest scientifi c challenges.
The same spirit of discovery was literally “on display” at a recent event organized by EMD Performance Materials. The forum, aptly titled, “Displaying Futures” Symposium, took place late in 2015 in San Francisco, and convened academic scientists, industry leaders, technology experts, futurists and others. Discussions led by such luminaries as Ray Kurzweil explored the limitless possibilities of human imagination as applied to everything from computing with DNA to submicron resolution 3D printers and nano-robots in the human body.
The forum was an appropriate showcase for new technologies such as Liquid Crystal Window Technology, an innovation from Performance Materials that looks almost like magic. As a user turns a dial, a window transforms from clear to grey. Changing the capacitance of glass panes rotates liquid crystals attached to dyes inside. The technology promises a whole new era for building applications, one in which consumers can darken or lighten rooms in a dynamic way. The same windows could be used as transparent screens, turning the glass from a window to a shade to a screen, and back.
Now THAT’S a clear and bright future indeed.
Like the other two business sectors, EMD Serono is transforming lives by offering therapies that patients need for conditions like multiple sclerosis, infertility and cancer, and providing industry-leading educational and support programs.
Some of the most promising clinical research in cancer involves immunotherapy – leveraging the body’s own immune system to fight tumors. On the cutting edge of this trend, EMD Serono has a robust pipeline focused on oncology, immuno-oncology and neurology/immunology.
Many biologists believe that understanding the mechanisms of our body’s own internal “healing systems” will be the key to drug discovery in the future.
No doubt, the curiosity and drive to discover at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will usher in a new era.
Company CEO/Leader: Udit Batra, Member of the Executive Board, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, CEO, MilliporeSigma
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES SPOTLIGHT:
Life Science has three distinct businesses:
Research Solutions: Most complete portfolio of solutions that enable scientific discovery.
● Life science reagents and kits
● Lab & specialty chemicals
Process Solutions: Products that meet the highest quality and purity standards with extensive documentation and services to ensure regulatory compliance.
● Single-use manufacturing
● Filtration, chromatography, purification
Applied Solutions: Products and workflow solutions that streamline processes, reduce costs, and deliver consistent, reliable results
● Lab water instruments, consumables, and services
● Microbiology and bio-monitoring
MISSION: Providing scientists and engineers with best-in-class lab materials, technologies and services, MilliporeSigma is dedicated to making research and biotech production simpler, faster and more successful.
Company CEO/Leader: Gary Zieziula, President and Managing Director
● EMD Serono has a proven expertise in neurology, fertility and endocrinology, as well as a strong pipeline in oncology, immuno-oncology and neurology/immunology.
● The company has currently developed devices and commercialized biologic and specialty pharmaceuticals in fertility, endocrinology and neurology and includes several recombinant products.
● The company is striving to offer new solutions in neurology/immunology, oncology and immuno-oncology
MISSION: From specialty prescription medicines that treat conditions such as multiple sclerosis and infertility to industry leading patient support programs, EMD Serono makes a difference to millions of people around the world.
Company CEO/Leader (U.S.): Luiz G. Vieira, President and Managing Director
Display Materials: Liquid crystals and photoresists for LCD televisions, smartphones and tablet computers
Integrated Circuit Materials: Dielectrics, colloidal silica, lithography, photoresists, yield enhancers, edge bead removers and other ancillary products for the production of integrated circuits
Advanced Technologies: Materials for organic (OLED) and inorganic (LED)
light emitting diodes and functional material for electronics and energy solutions
Effect Pigments: Pigments used in variety of ways, including coatings, printing/ plastics, cosmetics, food products and pharmaceuticals
MISSION: Developing specialty chemicals for particularly demanding applications, we provide groundbreaking liquid crystals for displays, effect pigments for coatings and color cosmetics, as well as high-tech materials for the electronics industry.
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