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Research & products

We run to, not from, the world’s biggest health challenges.

The journey to invention and discovery is guided by science – and inspired by patients

Our purpose is to save and improve lives for generations. Our strategy is simple: We follow the science. The path to discovery is often unclear, but we are tireless in seeking solutions for some of the world’s most difficult health challenges.

Our work in numbers

16.7K

people employed in research and development

422M

people reached through our major programs and partnerships

$13.6B

invested in R&D in 2020

We address the world’s most difficult health challenges, following world-class science

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Discovery & development

Step inside Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) where our quest to save and improve lives through research and development begins

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We’re focused on inventing new medicines and vaccines to help more people

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Products

Our focus on breakthrough science is working

Clinical trials

Our progress is due in large part to the important and tough scientific questions we set out to answer with our trials and collaborations. We are grateful to the thousands of volunteers who participate in our clinical trials – making this all possible.

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Our commitment to patients is unwavering

As long as there are still patients in hospitals, doctors and nurses desperate to add years to the lives of their patients, and a world where treatments aren’t accessible to all, we will be here, fighting with all we have to deliver more, sooner.

Invention begins here

Our scientists are applying the latest groundbreaking research technologies and revolutionizing how we discover and develop medicines and vaccines

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Our third-quarter 2021 financial results

Merck announced third-quarter 2021 worldwide sales of $13.2 billion, 20% above third-quarter 2020. Excluding the impact from foreign exchange, sales grew 19%. The company anticipates full-year 2021 revenue range to be between $47.4 billion and $47.9 billion, including a positive impact from foreign exchange of approximately 1.5%. Take a look at the infographic below for […]

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All hands on deck against COVID-19

How every division at Merck is pitching in to address a global need

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Humans, animals and the environment – our health is all connected

Why the One Health approach is important now more than ever

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Taking on Ebola

How science and innovation fuel our efforts to help combat a deadly disease

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Creating a new world in Minecraft for students to explore

Periodic Odyssey

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Our third-quarter 2021 financial results

Merck announced third-quarter 2021 worldwide sales of $13.2 billion, 20% above third-quarter 2020. Excluding the impact from foreign exchange, sales grew 19%. The company anticipates full-year 2021 revenue range to be between $47.4 billion and $47.9 billion, including a positive impact from foreign exchange of approximately 1.5%. Take a look at the infographic below for […]

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All hands on deck against COVID-19

How every division at Merck is pitching in to address a global need

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Humans, animals and the environment – our health is all connected

Why the One Health approach is important now more than ever

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Taking on Ebola

How science and innovation fuel our efforts to help combat a deadly disease

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Protecting animal health

Our Animal Health business is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals and the people who care for them.