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Merck Creates Greater Scope for Developing Ideas – Innovation Center opened

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Gangolf Schrimpf 06151 72-9591


October 1, 2015

Merck Creates Greater Scope for Developing Ideas - Innovation Center opened

  • Investments of around € 1 billion earmarked to be made in Merck headquarters until 2020

  • Platform created for innovators from around the world and the Rhine-Main region

  • Opening in the presence of Prime Minister of Hesse Volker Bouffier and Merck CEO Karl-Ludwig Kley

  • Cornerstone laid for the future Innovation Center, which will form the heart of global headquarters as of 2018

Darmstadt, Germany, October 1, 2015 - Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in the healthcare, life science and performance materials sectors, today opened its Innovation Center in Darmstadt, thus establishing a new platform for innovations from around the world and from the Rhine-Main region.

The two-floor building, which has a surface area of over 1,400 square meters, offers room for ideas and exchange. It is to promote both the innovation potential of Merck employees and give external innovators the opportunity to develop their ideas with support from Merck. Apart from the official opening of the present modular Innovation Center, Merck also laid the cornerstone for the future Innovation Center, which will form the heart of the expanded global headquarters as of 2018.

Over the next five years, meaning until 2020, Merck will be investing a total of around

€ 1 billion in the Darmstadt site. Of this amount, € 17 million is attributable to the

Merck KGaA

Frankfurter Strasse 250 Head of Media Relations -62445 64293 Darmstadt Spokesperson: -9591 / -7144 / -6328

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