Merck Establishes New MSD R&D Asia Headquarters


December 6, 2011 1:30 am ET

Commits $1.5 Billion to R&D in China Over The Next 5 Years

Merck & Co., Inc., (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States
and Canada, today announced the establishment of an Asia Research &
Development (R&D) headquarters for innovative drug discovery and
development located in Beijing, China. The new facility is part of a
$1.5 billion commitment the company has made to invest in R&D in China
over the next five years.

“The establishment of the MSD Asia R&D headquarters represents an
important milestone as we implement our strategy of building
capabilities, and relationships to succeed in fast growing geographic
regions,” said Peter S. Kim, Ph.D., president, Merck Research
Laboratories. “By strategically locating in China, we are able to
complement our existing R&D capabilities, and facilitate new
collaborations with scientists in the region and across emerging

Located in Wangjing Park, one of Beijing’s rapidly expanding science and
technology parks, the facility will consist of 47,000 square meters of
office and laboratory space. The first phase of construction, scheduled
to be completed by 2014, will provide capacity for approximately 600
employees working in the areas of drug discovery, translational
research, clinical development, regulatory affairs and external
scientific research programs.

“Merck/MSD has a proud legacy of translating scientific breakthroughs
into novel medicines and vaccines with proven ability to impact global
human health,” said Michel Vounatsos, chairman and president, MSD in
China. “We are immensely proud of the impact that MSD’s medicines and
vaccines have had on improving health for the people of China as we have
grown our business here, and are we eager to build on this legacy by
directly investing in R&D here in China to bring forward more
innovations that can help people in China and around the world.”

Merck conducts research in a broad range of therapeutic categories
including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are becoming
increasingly prevalent in China. The company’s global scientific
strategy is focused on retaining deep internal therapeutic area and
functional expertise in core therapeutic areas while strategically
collaborating to access external innovation.

Merck also maintains its commercial headquarters for MSD in China in
Shanghai and has manufacturing capabilities at other locations
throughout China.

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possibility that the expected synergies from the merger of Merck and
Schering-Plough will not be realized, or will not be realized within the
expected time period; the impact of pharmaceutical industry regulation
and healthcare legislation; the risk that the businesses will not be
integrated successfully; disruption from the merger making it more
difficult to maintain business and operational relationships; Merck’s
ability to accurately predict future market conditions; dependence on
the effectiveness of Merck’s patents and other protections for
innovative products; the risk of new and changing regulation and health
policies in the United States and internationally and the exposure to
litigation and/or regulatory actions.

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