The Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Signs MoU with Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy and Daejeon City for New Asia Pacific BioProcessing Production Center in South Korea

  • MoU aimed at supporting the region’s healthcare ecosystem
  • Proposed bioprocessing facility to be based in Daejeon City
  • Further collaboration aims to support emerging biotech companies and academic research

Burlington, Massachusetts – MilliporeSigma, the U.S. and Canada Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has announced that the Life Science business sector has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), and Daejeon City for a new Asia-Pacific BioProcessing Center, aimed at supporting the region’s healthcare ecosystem. The planned bioprocessing facility would support commercial manufacturing for biotech and pharmaceutical customers across Asia-Pacific.

“South Korea is an emerging global leader in the biotech industry, and this Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates our commitment to the region by working closely with the government to better support our customers,” said Matthias Heinzel, Member of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and CEO Life Science. “The proposed facility would play a vital role in fulfilling demand in the Asia-Pacific region while representing an important hub for further biopharma industry development in South Korea.”

“We expect this collaboration to serve as an opportunity for our pharmaceutical-bio sector to take a leap forward as the science and technology industry of South Korea,” said Chang Yang Lee, Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy.

“Daejeon is the birthplace of the Korean biotech industry. Today, it’s where companies, big and small, are intensely focused on technological innovation and talent development to bring new and novel therapies to market,” said Jang Woo Lee, Mayor of Daejeon. “Together with the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, this planned investment cooperation will help support Daejeon’s growth to become a world-class biotech hub.”

The Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany also plans to work with the Daejeon government to support biotech companies based in the Daedeok Research Complex located in Daejeon, as well as expand the bio-research cooperation with leading Korean universities.

About the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has more than 28,000 employees and more than 55 total manufacturing and testing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products focused on scientific discovery, biomanufacturing and testing services. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and electronics.

More than 64,000 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 providing products and services that accelerate drug development and manufacturing as well as discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2022, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 22.2 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, operate as MilliporeSigma in life science, EMD Serono in healthcare and EMD Electronics in electronics. Since its founding in 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. For more information about Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, visit

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