In our commitment to R&D, the numbers speak for themselves

We follow the science where we can make the greatest difference

March 22, 2023

Share this article

article hero thumbnail

Our scientists are revolutionizing how we discover and develop medicines and vaccines to address unmet medical needs, guiding invention in the areas of oncology, vaccines, infectious diseases, cardio-metabolic disorders, neuroscience and more. 

With a science-led but portfolio-driven approach to our pipeline, we use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve the lives of humans and animals around the world. And, that’s why we’re expanding and investing in our research and discovery efforts.

Here’s a look at how we got there:

2022 by the numbers

MSD R&D colleagues

$13.5 billion

Our research and development investment

MSD woman scientist working in a lab


Employees driving our research activities

illustration of man and woman looking at flying papers


Publications by our scientists in peer-reviewed journals

health care provider talking with patient


Patients enrolled in our clinical trials at more than 21,000+ sites worldwide

hands holding a globe illustration


Countries around the world where we are conducting clinical trials

lab work


Late-stage clinical trials around the world

two men shaking hands


New major acquisitions to broaden our reach


MSD colleagues talking in meeting


Significant business development deals to enhance our pipeline

Woman MSD scientists in a lab
Our pipeline

We follow the science where we can make the greatest difference, now and in the future.

man and woman MSD scientists

Are you interested in a career in R&D?