EMD Serono, USA
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

A History of Innovation

Success driven by a pioneering spirit

Success driven by a pioneering spirit

EMD Serono, Inc. is proud to belong to the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world. With a history spanning nearly 350 years, our parent company, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, still operates successfully in both sectors.

1668


Friedrich Jacob Merck purchases the Angel Pharmacy (Engel Apotheke) in Darmstadt, Germany, which is still owned by the Merck family today.

1887


The successful export business into the United States leads to the company's own establishment of the "agency for the sale of drugs and chemical products" in New York

1906


Cesaro Serono founds the "Istitutio Farmacologico Serono" in Rome, Italy. The company specializes in the extraction and purification of natural substances.







1917


As a consequence of WW I,  Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany loses its subsidiaries abroad, including Merck & Co. in the US, which had been founded in 1891. Merck & Co. becomes an independent US Company.

1971


Serono S.A. opens offices in the United States.

2007


Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany acquires Serono S.A. This marks the largest acquisition in the history of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. With its biopharmaceutical business known as EMD Serono in the US and Canada, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, becomes one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical companies.