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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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How MSD is using 3D printing to create innovative solutions

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MSD’s Q2 2022 results deliver robust sales growth and important clinical advancements. The company announced Q2 worldwide sales of $14.6 billion, an increase of 28% from Q2 2021. “I continue to be immensely proud of how the MSD team is performing in all facets of our business – scientifically, commercially and operationally,” said Robert M. Davis, […]

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Proteins in space: taking our research to the final frontier

MSD 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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How MSD is using 3D printing to create innovative solutions

3D technology is helping optimize workstreams, shorten turn-around times, reduce costs and drive innovation

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Next: How MSD is using 3D printing to create innovative solutions

MSD’s Q2 2022 earnings report

MSD’s Q2 2022 results deliver robust sales growth and important clinical advancements. The company announced Q2 worldwide sales of $14.6 billion, an increase of 28% from Q2 2021. “I continue to be immensely proud of how the MSD team is performing in all facets of our business – scientifically, commercially and operationally,” said Robert M. Davis, […]

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Proteins in space: taking our research to the final frontier

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

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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

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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

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