Our Work in
Antibiotic Research

For more than 80 years, Merck has contributed to the discovery and development of novel medicines and vaccines to combat infectious disease. Today, Merck is a global leader in antimicrobials with a proud heritage, broad portfolio and innovative pipeline.

OUR HISTORY

Merck's Research Laboratories played a central role in the development of antimicrobials

Merck, in collaboration with Rutgers University, developed one of the first methods for mass production of penicillin

Merck markets a number of antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral products and vaccines for the treatment or prevention of infectious diseases in markets around the globe

MERCK IS COMMITTED TO:

Maintaining active R&D programs to address unmet medical needs in the prevention and treatment of infectious disease

Monitoring trends in antibacterial resistance as exemplified by our longstanding commitment to surveillance studies

Supporting responsible use of antimicrobials to help slow development of resistance and preserve current therapeutic options

Advocating for improvements in regulatory guidance and financial incentives to support and accelerate innovation in the development of new antimicrobials, vaccines, services and solutions

Merck is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies with a continued focus on anti-infective research and development. We develop treatments for serious infections and promote appropriate use of these products. As such, the need for patient-centered antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) is fundamental to our work.

- Elizabeth D. Hermsen, Head of Global
Antimicrobial Stewardship, Merck

READ OUR PUBLIC POLICY REGARDING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

The Hunt to Identify the Next Generation of Antibacterial Therapies

by Alex Therien, Ph.D., director, Biology-Discovery, Infectious Diseases

Researchers within Merck's infectious diseases department hope to have the opportunity to look beyond natural products to expand the armamentarium of antibacterial therapies available for the treatment of bacterial infections caused by resistant pathogens.

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FINDING SOLUTIONS TO ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE

There is a critical need for solutions to manage the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.

INNOVATION

Research and innovation will lead to the development of new antibiotics.

STEWARDSHIP

Antimicrobial stewardship promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials to reduce resistance.

POLICY

Policies can help spur innovation and regulate the use of antibiotics.

OUR COLLABORATIONS

In addition to our own antimicrobial research efforts, Merck also works with scientists across the world.

Through its Merck Innovation Network (MINt), the company actively collaborates with leading scientists in the antimicrobial field to investigate novel therapeutic targets, evaluate new pathways for drug targeting and develop novel tools and technologies. Merck has a number of ongoing collaborations with scientists at universities including Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

THE RACE AGAINST RESISTANCE - A CONTEST WITH NO FINISH LINE

Dalya Guris, M.D., M.P.H., executive director, Clinical Research, Merck Research Laboratories, on leading our product development teams, a dedicated group of people committed to being one step ahead in the fight against disease-causing bacteria.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

New Therapies Mean New Ways to Attack Infections

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