Thomas E. Shenk To Retire From Merck’s Board of Directors


February 8, 2012 3:00 pm ET

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
announced today that Thomas E. Shenk, Ph.D., has decided to retire from
its board of directors, effective today. Dr. Shenk is leaving the board
to focus on the new company he is forming to commercialize discoveries
made in his Princeton University laboratory in the area of antiviral

Dr. Shenk has been Elkins Professor in the Department of Molecular
Biology at Princeton University since 1984. He served as the
department’s chairman from 1996 to 2004. Dr. Shenk joined Merck’s board
in 2001.

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