Merck was founded in 1668 by Friedrich Jacob Merck in Darmstadt, Germany.
Merck has almost 53,000 employees in 66 countries. In 2017, they invested a total of € 2.1 billion in research and development.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the rights to the name and the trademark "MERCK" internationally except for the United States and Canada, where they operate in the biopharma market as EMD Serono, in life science as MilliporeSigma, and in the specialty chemicals and high-tech materials business area as EMD Performance Materials.
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