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Research

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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Pipeline

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.

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

How antimicrobial resistance is threatening one of our most critical health tools

Why antibiotics are a critical medicine and how we can help protect them

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Celebrating the opening of our latest state-of-the-art facility

The FLEx Center will help us continue to harness the power of leading-edge science with agility

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Merck’s Q3 2022 earnings report

Merck’s (NYSE: MRK) Q3 2022 results reflect sustained strong business momentum across key growth drivers as well as investment and progress in the pipeline. The company announced Q3 worldwide sales of $15 billion, an increase of 14% from Q3 2021. “We continue to execute on our strategy, invest in leading-edge science and drive innovation as our […]

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Merck recognized on Fortune’s 2022 Change the World list

Recognition highlights our continued focus on expanding access

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Breaking new ground in Singapore

New facilities and job opportunities represent our dedication to the region and its people

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How antimicrobial resistance is threatening one of our most critical health tools

Why antibiotics are a critical medicine and how we can help protect them

Read more

Next: How antimicrobial resistance is threatening one of our most critical health tools

Celebrating the opening of our latest state-of-the-art facility

The FLEx Center will help us continue to harness the power of leading-edge science with agility

Read more

Next: Celebrating the opening of our latest state-of-the-art facility

Merck’s Q3 2022 earnings report

Merck’s (NYSE: MRK) Q3 2022 results reflect sustained strong business momentum across key growth drivers as well as investment and progress in the pipeline. The company announced Q3 worldwide sales of $15 billion, an increase of 14% from Q3 2021. “We continue to execute on our strategy, invest in leading-edge science and drive innovation as our […]

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Next: Merck’s Q3 2022 earnings report

Merck recognized on Fortune’s 2022 Change the World list

Recognition highlights our continued focus on expanding access

Read more

Next: Merck recognized on Fortune’s 2022 Change the World list

Breaking new ground in Singapore

New facilities and job opportunities represent our dedication to the region and its people

Read more

Next: Breaking new ground in Singapore

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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.