Research & Development Overview
We run to, not from, the world’s biggest health challenges.
The journey to invention and discovery is guided by science – and inspired by patients
Our purpose is to save and improve lives for generations. Our strategy is simple: We follow the science. The path to discovery is often unclear, but we are tireless in seeking solutions for some of the world’s most difficult health challenges.
Our work in numbers
people employed in research and development globally
people reached through our major programs and partnerships across the globe
invested in R&D globally in 2019
Our areas of focus
We focus on scientific innovation to deliver medicines and vaccines that may help millions of people around the world
MSD is inventing new ways to treat cancer, with more than 850 clinical studies underway globally. Our immuno-oncology research is one of the fastest growing in this industry. Our work with the NHS and NICE enabled more than 900 patients to access our cancer treatment 5 months earlier.
Over the past century, MSD has invented more than 40 vaccines to protect children, adolescents, adults and animals from serious diseases. At the forefront of research, MSD has developed some of the first ever vaccines in various therapy areas, now used in more than 130 countries.
As one of the few remaining large pharmaceutical companies actively researching and developing antibiotics, MSD has played a leading role in advocating changes to the way in which antibiotics are made available in the UK. We also play an important role in areas such as HIV and Ebola.
Our commitment to cardiovascular care began with one of the first oral antihypertensive medications in the 1950s and continued with research leading to new cholesterol-lowering statins in the 1970s. Our work in assisting the UK's 4.7 million diagnosed diabetes sufferers goes beyond medicine, to address the lifestyle challenges associated with the condition.
Our commitment to patients is unwavering
As long as there are still patients in hospitals, doctors and nurses desperate to add years to the lives of their patients, and a world where treatments aren’t accessible to all, we will be here, fighting with all we have to deliver more, sooner.
Job code: GB-NON-05149 | Date of Preparation: November 2021