About Us

Mission Statement

We drive innovation and back entrepreneurs through equity investments and hands on support in fields that could impact the vitality and sustainability of Merck’s current and future businesses. We are the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck. Our mandate is to invest in innovative technologies and products with the potential to significantly impact Merck’s core business areas. From our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in the US and Israel we invest globally in transformational ideas driven by great entrepreneurs. We take an active role in our portfolio companies and team up with entrepreneurs and co-investors to translate innovation towards commercial success. We have a significant focus on early stage investing and company creation including the creation of spin-offs to leverage Merck’s science and technology base.

Dr. Stefan Oschmann
Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO
Merck KGaA

Science and technology are accelerating at such a pace that we need to recognize as a large corporation that our role is often to monitor, support and influence. Merck Ventures is central to our ambitions to push the edge of what’s possible in healthcare, life sciences, advanced materials and beyond. Through Merck Ventures, we join forces with industry visionaries in order to maintain our science and technology leadership for the next generation.

We admire entrepreneurs for their ability to turn science, technology and groundbreaking ideas into a product vision that could improve patient’s lives, disrupt industries or transform the way we live. We want to play our part in changing the world by provide these startups the exceptional support they need to make their vision a commercial success. We help our companies interface with Merck, providing unique access to the broad expertise and infrastructure of a leading science and technology company.

Roel Bulthuis
Senior Vice President & Managing Director
Merck Ventures