Merck Research Laboratories Facilities Designated as “Milestones in Microbiology” Sites by the American Society for Microbiology


October 17, 2016 4:00 pm ET

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
announced today that Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) facilities in
Rahway, N.J., and West Point, Pa., have been designated as “Milestones
in Microbiology” sites by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
for their contributions to anti-infectives and vaccines, respectively.
This is the first time a biopharmaceutical company has received this
recognition. The ASM Milestones in Microbiology program recognizes
institutions and scientists that have made significant contributions
toward advancing the science of microbiology.

“Merck is honored to be the first biopharmaceutical company to receive
this recognition from the American Society for Microbiology as we
celebrate our 125th anniversary,” said Dr. Roger M. Perlmutter,
president, Merck Research Laboratories. “We are proud of our legacy of
antimicrobial research and remain steadfast in our commitment to
treating and preventing infectious diseases.”

The MRL facilities were designated as ASM Milestones in Microbiology
sites in recognition of the company’s research and development efforts

  • Advancing a method of deep tank fermentation, in collaboration with
    other pharmaceutical companies and government agencies, which paved
    the way for the mass production of penicillin.
  • Working with Selman Waksman (Rutgers University, N.J.) to secure one
    of the earliest formal collaborations between private industry and
    academia. This collaboration led to the demonstration that
    streptomycin was effective for the treatment of tuberculosis.
  • Establishing a natural product screening program that enabled Merck
    researchers to develop several new antibiotic medicines by culturing
    and screening organisms sampled from sites all over the world.
  • Developing a treatment for river blindness (onchocerciasis) for
    which Merck scientist William Campbell shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in
    Physiology or Medicine.
  • Developing a portfolio of vaccines for the prevention of several viral
    and bacterial infections; research led by the pioneering vaccinologist
    Dr. Maurice Hilleman.

“The Milestones in Microbiology program includes prominent sites that
fundamentally impact the microbial sciences. From the perspective of the
ASM, Merck Research Laboratories has met and exceeded all the criteria
required for recognition as a Milestones site. We are especially pleased
to recognize it as the first industrial Milestones site,” said Susan
Sharp, president of the American Society for Microbiology. For more
information about ASM’s Milestones in Microbiology program and a list of
previously-designated sites, visit

Merck’s Commitment to Infectious Diseases

For more than 80 years, Merck has contributed to the discovery and
development of novel medicines and vaccines to combat infectious
diseases. Merck currently has 10 candidates in Phase 2/Phase 3 clinical
trials for the potential treatment or prevention of infectious diseases.

About Merck

For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to
help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States
and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic
therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate
in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We
also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care
through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more
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