Why Drug Discovery is the foundation of MSD's Future


Our discovery scientists “strive to make the impossible possible,” says Joe Miletich. And he should know: As the senior vice president of Discovery Preclinical and Early Development, he leads a team of researchers who are charged with making things “possible that weren’t possible before.” He continues: “We believe drug discovery is foundational for us to continue bringing critical medicines to the world.”

About 14,500 people are involved in scientific research at MSD. Our R&D colleagues are all tasked with the same mission: to solve the puzzles of human disease biology and then translate those findings into new therapies for patients. They are driven to push the boundaries of science and to then transform their discoveries into meaningful new therapeutics.

We're inspired to invent medicines and vaccines to help address the health challenges faced by so many.

I think we always have a sense of urgency, says Daria Hazuda, vice president of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Discovery, and chief scientific officer of our recently launched Cambridge, Massachusetts Exploratory Science Center. We’re always driven to push the envelope, to push the frontier, to do something that nobody’s ever done before.

Meet Daria Hazuda

The ‘inspiration to invent’ remains our driving passion – and a proven path to dramatic advances in human health.

— Ken Frazier, MSD chairman and CEO

Our teams never shy away from the hard work and many years it takes to invent a molecule with the potential to change the course of a disease - and a person's life. And that’s one reason why a commitment to unparalleled scientific research – to discovery and invention – remains at the heart of our business.

Commitment to Research


people are involved in our R&D. They share a commitment to turn breakthrough science into meaningful therapeutic options for patients.

We continue to invest in discovery because the world needs cures. We see it as our responsibility to invent solutions that fundamentally transform the future of human health.