Merck established its presence in Singapore in 1973 to promote Merck products in South East Asia under E. Merck Pte. Ltd. (Singapore). Merck (Singapore) Pte Ltd. was founded on August 26, 1994. Merck Singapore is the regional headquarters in Asia Pacific with more than 360 employees supporting the healthcare, life science and performance materials businesses. Merck Singapore is also the regional training and application hub, offering technology transfer and services including testing, process optimization for the Life Science industry in the region.
The Life Science business sector of Merck offers a broad portfolio of tools and solutions with more than 300,000 products, ranging from lab water systems to gene editing tools, antibodies, cell lines, to end-to-end solutions to help customers in developing and manufacturing drugs. We work closely with our customers from academia, biotech and pharma to help deliver the promise of their work better, faster and safer.
The Healthcare business sector of Merck focuses on designing and developing medicines and intelligent devices that provide ongoing care for patients beyond their treatment. This includes new medications to treat conditions such as cancer or multiple sclerosis, but also innovative technologies that make life easier for patients. Our goal is to help people at every stage of life -- also when it comes to creating new life especailly as the global market leader in fertility treatments.
The Performance Materials business sector of Merck is a leading solutions provider in the premium segment of high-tech materials and functional specialty chemicals. These materials are widely used in the wafer fabs industry of Singapore.
Merck, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 57,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people's lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices -- the company is everywhere. In 2019, Merck generated sales of €16.2 billion in 66 countries.
Scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to Merck's technological and scientific advances. This is how Merck has thrived since its founding in 1668. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. Merck holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science and EMD Performance Materials.