Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life sciences and electronics, staffed by experts. From a pharmacy run by the Merck family in 1668 to a multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical and chemical company today, the organization is the result of the efforts of 13 generations of scientists, pharmacists and chemists dedicated to developing discoveries to improve the quality of life for people around the world. The Merck Group, also known as Merck KGaA, is a German multinational company active in healthcare, life sciences and performance materials.