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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 MSD 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 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

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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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New podcast: The power of one pipeline

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

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MSD’s Q1 2022 earnings report

MSD’s Q1 2022 results reflect sustained strong business momentum with robust top and bottom- line growth. The company announced Q1 worldwide sales of $15.9 billion, an increase of 50% from Q1 2021. “We successfully delivered across our key strategic priorities and achieved strong top and bottom-line growth,” said chief executive officer and president, Robert M. Davis. […]

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The Vaccine Pioneers

Scientists who made giant strides in the fight against viral diseases and vaccine history

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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

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

New podcast: The power of one pipeline

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

Read more

Next: New podcast: The power of one pipeline

MSD’s Q1 2022 earnings report

MSD’s Q1 2022 results reflect sustained strong business momentum with robust top and bottom- line growth. The company announced Q1 worldwide sales of $15.9 billion, an increase of 50% from Q1 2021. “We successfully delivered across our key strategic priorities and achieved strong top and bottom-line growth,” said chief executive officer and president, Robert M. Davis. […]

Read more

Next: MSD’s Q1 2022 earnings report

The Vaccine Pioneers

Scientists who made giant strides in the fight against viral diseases and vaccine history

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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.