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Research & products

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

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

We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. 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

~17.5K

people employed in research and development

285M

people reached through our major programs and partnerships

$12.2B

invested in R&D in 2021

We address the world’s most difficult health challenges, following leading-edge 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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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.

Discovery starts here

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

View our stories

Proteins in space: taking our research to the final frontier

Merck Research Laboratories scientist Paul Reichert works with the International Space Station to drive innovation

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Why we’re expanding and investing in our research and discovery efforts

Our commitment to innovation helps ensure a brighter future for patients everywhere

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Fighting cancer requires an open mind

Dr. Eric H. Rubin, oncology early development, on investigating the next frontier of cancer research

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STEM mentorship program helps underrepresented students shine

How we joined forces to develop a new program aimed at boosting diversity in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

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New podcast: The power of one pipeline

Through business development and licensing, Merck Research Laboratories stays primed for new opportunities and partnerships to drive our innovation

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Proteins in space: taking our research to the final frontier

Merck Research Laboratories scientist Paul Reichert works with the International Space Station to drive innovation

Read more

Next: Proteins in space: taking our research to the final frontier

Why we’re expanding and investing in our research and discovery efforts

Our commitment to innovation helps ensure a brighter future for patients everywhere

Read more

Next: Why we’re expanding and investing in our research and discovery efforts

Fighting cancer requires an open mind

Dr. Eric H. Rubin, oncology early development, on investigating the next frontier of cancer research

Read more

Next: Fighting cancer requires an open mind

STEM mentorship program helps underrepresented students shine

How we joined forces to develop a new program aimed at boosting diversity in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries

Read more

Next: STEM mentorship program helps underrepresented students shine

New podcast: The power of one pipeline

Through business development and licensing, Merck Research Laboratories stays primed for new opportunities and partnerships to drive our innovation

Read more

Next: New podcast: The power of one pipeline

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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.