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About our company

We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company

Our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world

For more than 130 years, we have brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world — and today, we are at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals. We foster a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for all people and communities.

Our History

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The heart of our work

We believe corporate responsibility is about our health, social, environmental, and economic impact on people and communities around the world.

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The team that guides our passion

Our Canadian leaders focus on our purpose to use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. This is the foundation of everything we do.

Our company by the numbers


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"Merck Canada partners with stakeholders from across the healthcare ecosystem to bring important medicines & vaccines to Canadians & maximize their access to patients.  With a patient-centric & solutions-oriented mindset, our passionate and diverse team of innovators goes above & beyond to solve our greatest health challenges and pave the way forward."

Marwan Akar, Managing Director

Cultures and Values

Our values are driven by a desire to improve life

We’ve built a culture that embraces scientific excellence, operates with the highest standards of integrity, expands access to our products and employs a diverse workforce that values collaboration.


Our past and our future

For 130 years, we’ve focused on not just the next quarter, but the next quarter century.

Our areas of focus

We focus on scientific innovation to deliver medicines and vaccines that may help millions of people around the world.



We’re proud to deliver breakthrough innovations in oncology that are helping patients with certain types of cancer. We’re continuing to accelerate what we can achieve for the patients we serve because more ways to help treat cancer are needed.



Vaccines are one of the greatest public health success stories in history. They help protect against more than 20 potentially life-threatening diseases.


Infectious Diseases

Our decades of research in infectious diseases have led to profound scientific advances. We’ve been combating global health threats caused by infectious diseases for more than a century. From developing one of the first antibiotics to pioneering research in HIV science, our focus has always been on the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world. But our work is far from done. Every year, millions of people die from infectious diseases.

Merck Animal Health

Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services.

We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.