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Research

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

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

Our purpose is to save and improve lives for generations. Our strategy is simple: We follow the science. 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

16.7K

people employed in research and development

422M

people reached through our major programs and partnerships

$13.6B

invested in R&D in 2020

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

Invention begins here

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

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Taking on Ebola

How science and innovation fuel our efforts to help combat a deadly disease

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Podcast: What’s the next frontier in the fight against cancer?

Listen in as leaders from our research and oncology divisions discuss the potential of antibody drug conjugates

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Taking the fight against COVID-19 on the road

How a 39-foot Winnebago is helping to raise awareness about clinical trials

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Our second-quarter 2021 financial results

MSD announced second-quarter 2021 sales from continuing operations (excluding Organon) of $11.4 billion, 22% above second-quarter 2020. Excluding the impact from foreign exchange, sales grew 19%. The company anticipates full-year 2021 revenue range to be between $46.4 billion and $47.4 billion, including a positive impact from foreign exchange of less than 2%. Take a look […]

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Introducing our global hybrid work model

This model will help us be even more agile and productive as we deliver outcomes for the people who depend on our work.

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Next: Introducing our global hybrid work model

Taking on Ebola

How science and innovation fuel our efforts to help combat a deadly disease

Read more

Next: Taking on Ebola

Podcast: What’s the next frontier in the fight against cancer?

Listen in as leaders from our research and oncology divisions discuss the potential of antibody drug conjugates

Read more

Next: Podcast: What’s the next frontier in the fight against cancer?

Taking the fight against COVID-19 on the road

How a 39-foot Winnebago is helping to raise awareness about clinical trials

Read more

Next: Taking the fight against COVID-19 on the road

Our second-quarter 2021 financial results

MSD announced second-quarter 2021 sales from continuing operations (excluding Organon) of $11.4 billion, 22% above second-quarter 2020. Excluding the impact from foreign exchange, sales grew 19%. The company anticipates full-year 2021 revenue range to be between $46.4 billion and $47.4 billion, including a positive impact from foreign exchange of less than 2%. Take a look […]

Read more

Next: Our second-quarter 2021 financial results

Introducing our global hybrid work model

This model will help us be even more agile and productive as we deliver outcomes for the people who depend on our work.

Read more

Next: Introducing our global hybrid work model

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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.