'We Are Encouraged To Be Who We Are': An LGBTQ+ Colleague Shares His Story

Lutz Staacke talks about finding a company that appreciates him for who he is

As a university student in Germany, Lutz Staacke studied special education and planned to become a teacher. But before he began his classroom training, he was warned not to be open about his sexuality.

Growing up in a small, conservative town, Staacke had plenty of experience hiding his identity as a gay person, but he was tired of hiding. Instead, he decided to pursue a different career.

“I said to myself, I have to do something different. I just want to be who I am,” said Staacke.

Merck Joins Novartis-Led Collaboration To Increase Diversity in Clinical Trials

New collaboration expands our clinical trials efforts to four Historically Black Medical School clinical trial Centers of Excellence

Increasing diversity in clinical trials plays a crucial role in helping to understand how a broad range of human bodies may respond to drugs or other treatments. That’s why we’re committed to enrolling a diverse body of participants in our clinical trials around the globe.

How We're Supporting the Advancement of Women of Color at Our Company

We joined forces with Paradigm for Parity to help build skills and capabilities needed for senior leadership roles

The path to C-suite or executive level positions requires experience with managing a company’s profit and loss, also referred to as P&L. However, many women, specifically women of color, don’t get the opportunity to take on this responsibility — potentially limiting their ability to rise through the ranks within a company.

WEConnect International Named Merck a 2022 Platinum Top Global Supplier, Diversity & Inclusion Champion

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We are thrilled to announce that WEConnect International has named us a 2022 Platinum Top Global Supplier, Diversity & Inclusion Champion! The Platinum level of recognition denotes the highest level of dedication to inclusive spend, policies and procedures: https://bit.ly/3z4F0Ax

STEM Mentorship Program Helps Underrepresented Students Shine


Diversity and inclusion have long been recognized as key attributes of high-performing teams in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Unfortunately, ethnically diverse groups are underrepresented in the STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and math) fields.

It’s essential to our industry and society that we do our part to nurture tomorrow’s rising diverse STEM experts. So, two of our discovery scientists decided to take action.

35 Years: The Mectizan® Donation Program

The Mectizan Donation Program is the longest-running, disease-specific drug donation program of its kind

Our commitment: “as much as needed, for as long as needed…"

For centuries, river blindness — also known as onchocerciasis — plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America and Yemen, and there was no answer to this affliction.

Finding the Courage To Come Out After 20 Years of Marriage

Merck executive Scott M. Wright shared his story of coming out in midlife — the response was overwhelming

Scott Wright’s coming out journey came full circle in July 2020 when he received an email from Judy Shepard.

The brutal murder in 1998 of Judy’s son, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, was a defining moment in Wright’s life, given how deeply conflicted he was with his own identity at the time. It would take another 20 years for Wright to find the courage to accept himself.

4 LGBTQ+ Employees Share Stories of Finding Freedom To Be Themselves at Work

Bringing your whole self to work allows you “to be happy not just in your personal life but also in your professional life"

It can be as simple as sharing your weekend plans with coworkers or having a photo of your partner on your desk. When you feel free to be yourself at work, even the seemingly small things can have a big impact on your happiness and wellbeing.

Still, many employees struggle with the decision to reveal aspects of their identities they worry may be problematic for co-workers and managers. They end up “covering” those parts of themselves — whether it’s being gay, being a parent, practicing a certain religion, or having a disability — in order to avoid discomfort or discrimination.

How Employees With Careers in Nursing Are Critical at Merck

Nurses' clinical expertise and patient experience provide valuable insight across all divisions of our company

Nurses do vital work every day. The care they provide makes a profound difference in the lives of patients and their families.

“Nurses are trained to serve as patients’ advocates in the health care setting,” said Jan Nissen, vice president, patient innovation & engagement within population health & sustainability.

“Having nurses on our team helps strengthen our focus on the patient experience.”
- Jan Nissen

A sincere desire to help patients

Taking Prostate Cancer Research Forward

Scientists at Merck are committed to research and development for people diagnosed with prostate cancer

Almost everyone knows somebody living with prostate cancer.

But the people we know are not just a statistic or a number. They are our partners, parents, children, siblings and friends. They are our loved ones fighting to hang on to their dreams for the future. And that’s who we’re fighting for too — aggressively building our prostate cancer research program day in and day out to help advance new options for patients who need them.


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