In 2016, we celebrated our 125th anniversary – 125 years of being guided by the conviction that great medicines change the world.
Since we began in 1891 in the United States, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness – including the discovery of vitamin B1; the first measles vaccine; cold remedies and antacids; and the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists have also helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics.
As a premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company, we’re focused on making important scientific advances within hepatitis C, HIV, diabetes and immuno-oncology.
Today, everyone at MSD is building on a legacy of invention that goes back 125 years.
Our Australian story began in 1952, when Sharp & Dohme became a registered Australian company with two employees at a small site in Rockdale. The company began operations as a distributor, but with the international merger of Merck & Co. and Sharp & Dohme, a new company was subsequently registered in Australia in 1953: Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited.
While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future. We aim to create a healthier, brighter future for people around the world.
It’s difficult to imagine a world without MSD. And because of what MSD has achieved in the past, we can imagine limitless possibilities for an even better future.
We imagine a world where outbreaks of hepatitis C, superbugs, Ebola, Zika and rabies can only be found in history books – and not on the evening news.
We imagine a world where millions of people with Alzheimer’s do not experience the terrifying loss of memory or cognitive ability and where the family members who care for them never know the devastating pain of not being recognised by their loved ones.
We imagine a world where heart disease is no longer the number one cause of death – and we imagine a world where cancer, finally, has been cured.
At MSD, we come to work every day imagining a healthier and more hopeful world –and our quest will not be complete until that vision becomes a reality.