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Merck Strengthens Corporate Responsibility Efforts with Nine New Signature Partnerships

Merck’s commitment to education and health are two key elements of the company’s Corporate Responsibility strategy

September 05th, 2018
Olimpia Buhai, News from Berlin
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Building on its commitment to accelerate scientific research and science education, Merck, a leading science and technology company announced nine new or expanded partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations across the world through its Life Science business sector. These long-term, multi-dimensional partnerships are designed to spark scientific curiosity and passion — paving the road for innovative breakthroughs with demonstrated impact and measurable outcomes.

To support today’s scientists in accelerating access to health, the Life Science business sector of Merck has announced several partnerships geared toward scientific research, highlighted below:

Boston Children’s Hospital — The Life Science business sector of Merck is supporting Boston Children’s Hospital with efforts spanning both scientific research and science education. This includes a donation to support the development of an injectable form of oxygen; hands-on science experiences for patients through Merck’s Curiosity Labs™ program; and a “Curiosity Cart” program to deliver science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, as well as virtual reality experiences for patients.

BioSTL — Life Science is partnering with BioSTL to advance St. Louis, Missouri’s bioscience and innovation ecosystem through a variety of programs. This partnership will further BioSTL’s work to promote diversity, inclusion and equity by providing science education opportunities to female and minority students from local middle and high schools.

JDRF — Life Science is partnering with this leading global diabetes organization to support scientific innovation by creating opportunities to attract young, international scientists to pursue a career in type 1 diabetes (T1D) research through postdoctoral fellowship awards. Merck’s Life Science employees will also participate in local community activities to raise awareness about T1D, raise funds for research and support local T1D communities.

Seeding Labs — Life Science will sponsor a new TeleScience online platform. Designed to accelerate teaching and research for thousands of scientists, this platform will include educational videos and sessions created and led by trained Life Science employees.

Among other partnerships that focus on the advancement of science education listed are: Chemistry on the Go, Discovery World, Girlstart, Technorama, KIPP St. Louis.

Merck’s commitment to education is a key element of the company’s Corporate Responsibility strategy. In 2016 alone, Merck invested €3.2 million in educational projects. The company’s activities also include awarding international scholarships in India and China, for example. Furthermore, Merck widely promotes STEM programs in schools. Amongst others, Merck has been a partner of “Jugend forscht,” Germany’s largest and most successful young scientist competition for more than 30 years.

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