Zurich Pride will take place on 17.6 and 18.6.  The LGBTIQ* festival attracts thousands of supporters and friends of the LGBTIQ* community to Zurich every year. MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme is involved as a Cooperation Partner.

The slogan for this year’s Zurich Pride, the largest event of the Swiss LGBTIQ* community, is “trans – living diversity”. For the first time in the history of Zurich Pride, the focus will be on the legal situation and challenges of trans people.

The association “Zurich Pride Festival” promotes and demands acceptance as well as equality of the LGBTIQ* way of life in public and in everyday life. The highlight of the Zurich Pride Festival is the traditional demonstration parade through downtown Zurich. This is intended to draw the attention of the population to the political and social concerns of LGBTIQ*.

“Diversity and inclusion are essential and daily lived values for MSD, therefore we are especially happy to support Zurich Pride as a cooperation partner” Phillipe Zaoui, Brand & Customer Manager Hospital Acute Care and Rainbow Alliance Lead, MSD Switzerland.

Diversity & Inclusion

Over the past five years, we have strengthened our commitment to making diversity and inclusion (D&I) a central strategy for business growth. At MSD Switzerland we believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce inspires innovation and is fundamental to our company’s success. While there has been great progress when it comes to LGBTIQ* rights, more work needs to be done — and we’re proud to play an important role in promoting diversity and inclusion. MSD has a longstanding tradition of supporting the LGBTIQ* community, in our company and beyond. Having an environment comprised of people from different dimensions of diversity also helps us better understand the unique needs of the patients, customers, and health care providers we serve.

About MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme

At MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme, known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA in the United States and Canada, we are unified around our purpose: We use the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world. For more than 130 years, we have brought hope to humanity through the development of important medicines and vaccines. We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world – and today, we are at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals. We foster a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for all people and communities. For more information, visit www.msd.com and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme in Switzerland

In Switzerland, MSD Merck, Sharp & Dohme employs around 1,000 people at five sites in the cantons of Lucerne and Zurich. At our site in Zurich, in “The Circle”, we operate the newly opened global innovation and development hub. Our main therapeutic areas are oncology, infectious diseases, immunology, and diabetes. We also operate a broad portfolio of vaccines for the prevention of diseases in children, adolescents, and adults. Switzerland is part of MSD’s global clinical research program with more than 30 clinical trials annually. At our site in Schachen, we manufacture drugs for global clinical trials and operate a forensic laboratory. MSD also takes local responsibility for the community and has been involved in the “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern” and the Alliance Health competence. In 2022, MSD received the “Top Employer Switzerland” award for the tenth time in a row.

For more information, please visit msd.ch, de.msd-animal-health.ch and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

CH-NON-01711 / 06_2022


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In collaboration with the research institute gfs.bern, MSD Switzerland has conducted the first ever representative survey of the population on the quality of cancer care in Switzerland. On the one hand, the survey found that the care situation is assessed as being good to very good – especially by cancer sufferers themselves. On the other hand, there is a definite need for action in the areas of prevention, early detection as well as psychological care during and after the disease.   

Swiss citizens take a keen interest in the nation’s health policy. According to the new survey, 80 percent of the population are interested in health issues. Some 1,500 people from all over Switzerland participated in the representative survey commissioned by MSD and conducted for the first time by gfs.bern. Its key finding was that the quality of care for cancer patients is considered good or very good by almost 90 percent of the population.

Good to very good ratings for cancer care


Over 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Switzerland every year. At the same time, fewer people are dying from malignant tumours than in the past1. In other words, there are more and more people in Switzerland who are living with cancer or have overcome the disease. In the present survey, 95 percent of those affected by cancer themselves rated their care situation as good, very good or excellent – and thus even better than the other respondents. The main reasons for this are the good healthcare system in Switzerland, the wide range of services, the good care provided by staff, the quality of facilities, access to treatment and the unproblematic exchange of information. For instance, the medical and nursing care in hospitals is rated positively among the entirety of respondents (around 80%), and a large majority is also satisfied with the drug therapy provided. Only a few respondents criticised the therapies or the quality of care.

The cancer sufferers themselves assign the greatest importance to the support of relatives and to specialists (84% each). Hospital care (78%), general practitioners (70%) and health insurance companies (66%) are also very important for patients in terms of care and information, followed by conversations with other patients (47%), the Swiss Cancer League (34%), psychologists (31%), Spitex (29%), psychiatrists (23%), self-help organisations (22%) and patient organisations (19%).

The enormous amount of effort that goes into researching tumour diseases is also appreciated by Swiss citizens. In the survey, for example, a clear majority of 57 percent believe that good progress has been made in cancer research in the last five years; only a quarter of all participants believe that there have been no or hardly any new scientific findings in the recent past. More than half of the respondents are also optimistic that tumour diseases will be completely curable in the future.

Room for improvement in cancer prevention, early diagnosis, and aftercare


Nevertheless, the survey also reveals clearly that on closer inspection there is still a definite need for action. Among all respondents, about 15 percent each were dissatisfied with early cancer detection and cancer prevention. Almost a quarter would also welcome better psychological support. Among those actually suffering from cancer, 47 percent would have been glad if their tumour had been discovered earlier. In addition, 36 percent would have liked to be given prevention information earlier. Many have to deal with physical, psychological and economic consequences for years to come. Thus 46 percent of those currently ill are suffering from the physical consequences and about one-third from a reduced quality of life. Even among former sufferers, the loss of quality of life and the psychological consequences are still felt by 25 to 30 percent. And yet the next of kin struggle with such repercussions even more than the patients themselves: 10 percent have the dramatic feeling that the cancer has destroyed their lives. Of those currently dealing with cancer or who have previously had it, more than half consider it the most defining event in their lives, but 24 percent believe that the disease has given them a “second chance at life”.

Through this extensive survey of the population, a representative picture of the quality of care for cancer patients in Switzerland was obtained for the first time. On the one hand, it brought out the very high acceptance of the current care provision, but on the other, it allowed weaknesses to be identified in areas such as prevention, early detection and psychological care.

Reference

  1. Swiss Cancer Report 2021 https://dam-api.bfs.admin.ch/hub/api/dam/assets/19305696/master

The survey


For the representative survey on cancer patient care commissioned by MSD and conducted by gfs.bern, 1,510 randomly selected people throughout Switzerland were surveyed in detail by online questionnaire or telephone interview at the end of last year (November/December 2021). Three-quarters of the respondents stated that a person close to them or at least someone they know had been or was currently affected by cancer. A total of eleven percent (136 people) had personal experience with cancer themselves, and three percent were suffering from cancer at the time of the survey. The patients had undergone surgery (76%), chemotherapy (32%), radiotherapy (29%), targeted therapy (18%), hormone therapy (15%), alternative therapy (14%) or immunotherapy (11%).

Research institute gfs.bern


The research institute gfs.bern ag, which has overall responsibility for the survey, has an extremely long track record in empirical social research. Founded in 1959 as the Society for the Promotion of Empirical Social Research in Switzerland (GfS), it has been conducting socio-empirical research with a focus on political and communication research since 1986 as a separate division of GfS-Forschungsinstitut AG and since 2004 under its own name gfs.bern ag.

gfs.bern sees itself as a methodological full-service provider with proven specialities in relation to content. With respect to its market presence, the company aspires to quality leadership in the field of applied social research (specifically survey research with face-to-face, telephone, online and written interviews), and has successfully maintained this lead in the analysis of political opinion-forming processes for some 20 years. gfs.bern has played a key role in shaping empirical social research on socio-political and direct-democratic decision-making processes in Switzerland. gfs.bern also has many years’ experience in monitoring political and policy processes. Current teaching assignments at the Universities of Zurich, Berne, and Fribourg as well as at various universities of applied sciences help the company to make the knowledge thus gained available in education and to regularly engage in scientific reflection on their own work. For further information, see www.gfsbern.ch.

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Lukas Golder

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MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme in Switzerland


In Switzerland, MSD employs around 1,000 people at five locations in the cantons of Lucerne and Zurich. At our premises in Zurich, in “The Circle”, we operate the newly opened global innovation and development hub. Our main therapeutic areas are oncology, infectious diseases, immunology and diabetes. We also have a broad portfolio of vaccines for the prevention of diseases in children, adolescents and adults. MSD has one of the largest clinical research programmes, and Switzerland participates with more than 30 clinical trials annually. At our site in Schachen, we manufacture medicines for global clinical trials and operate a forensic laboratory. MSD also assumes local responsibility for the community and has been involved for years in the “Trend Days Health Lucerne” and in the Alliance for Health Literacy, among other things. In 2022, MSD received the “Top Employer Switzerland” award for the tenth time in a row. For more information, please visit us at msd.ch, en.msd-animal-health.ch and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

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MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG, a leading global biopharmaceutical company based in Lucerne and Zurich has been officially certified as a Top Employer 2022 in Switzerland for the 10th consecutive time in a row. This recognition reflects a variety of benefits that MSD offers to its employees such as a newly launched Working-from-Home policy as well as a generous 16-week gender-neutral parental leave.

From among various companies evaluated in Switzerland, MSD has been certified as ‘Top Employer Switzerland’ by the independent Top Employers Institute for the tenth time in a row. Each year, the Top Employers Institute certifies organizations that are focused on putting their employees first and provide an attractive workplace environment that encourages professional and personal development.

Crucial factors for gaining the Top Employer Certification

Important factors for winning the Award include above-average ratings under the headings Human Resource Management, Remuneration and Social Security, Career Opportunities, Working Conditions, Education & Training, as well as Corporate Culture. The certification is based on the participation and results of the HR Best Practices Survey. MSD scored highly in all survey categories, particularly in the topics of Employee Engagement, which takes into consideration Well-being, as well as Rewards & Recognition. One more top scorer is the area of Unity, which is comprised of Ethical Integrity, Values, Diversity & Inclusion and Work environment. Judeke Frederiks, HR Director Switzerland comments, “We are honored to be recognized as a Top Employer in Switzerland once again. The 10th award we received underlines our ongoing commitment to creating flexible working conditions and an attractive workplace. We are proud to be above benchmark in many areas, especially in employee well-being – evaluations that are crucial in the best of times and even more important during the actual unprecedented times of the ongoing pandemic.”

Employee benefits

Since 2020, all new parents, regardless of gender, are offered 16 weeks with 100% pay within the first 12 months following the birth or adoption of a child. This policy is one of the most generous and inclusive in Switzerland, compared to the two weeks that have been legally required in Switzerland. In the same year, MSD instituted a new policy giving full flexibility to employees and their managers to determine how much they work remotely. In addition, MSD has put increased emphasis on working in digital ways becoming a more agile organization and more focused on growth and learning.

Diversity & Inclusion

MSD is demonstrating a strong focus on Diversity and Inclusion, for example through the many internal networks like the Women’s network, Next Generation network, LGBTQI network and our network for employees from African descent. MSD will continue to expand these networks.

The mentioned initiatives are big milestones in terms of benefits for all MSD employees in Switzerland, in line with its commitment to diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. More importantly, it reflects the company values and understanding on how to achieve the best possible balance between private life, family, and career.

About Top Employer

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognizing excellence in people practices. The Institute helps accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Certification Program, participants can be certified and recognized as an employer of choice. Established more than 25 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified over 1 600 organizations in 119 countries and regions. These certified companies positively impact the lives of over 6 900 000 employees globally. Crucial factors for gaining the Top Employer Award include above-average ratings under the headings Human Resource Management, Remuneration and Social Security, Career Opportunities, Working Conditions, Education and Training, and Corporate Culture. Only those companies with above-average performance in all these areas are awarded the Top Employer quality label. Further information can be accessed under the following webpage: www.top-employers.com.

About MSD in Switzerland

MSD Switzerland employs over 1’000 people working in local, regional and global functions across four sites in the canton of Lucerne and one site in the canton of Zurich. Our business activities are subdivided in the two divisions, Human Health and Animal Health. MSD Human Health covers a broad range of biopharmaceuticals. Our areas of research and development are focusing on Oncology and Immuno-Oncology as well as Vaccines to prevent diseases for children, young people, and adults against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Ebola, Hepatitis, Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Measles, Rubella, Chickenpox and Herpes Zoster. In addition, MSD is conducting research in the area of infectious diseases to find new therapeutic approaches for antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C. Further research focuses include Immunology (auto-immune diseases) as well as Diabetes. MSD has a long-lasting legacy in contributing to major public health challenges, such as River Blindness, Ebola and SARS-CoV-2.
MSD Animal Health develops and markets products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in farm animals and pets. With the most innovative and largest product portfolio for animal health in Switzerland, MSD contributes substantially to animals’ well-being.
Our company has one of the largest clinical research programs worldwide. MSD Switzerland conducts 35 clinical trials per year for which the required medicines are manufactured at our research & development site in Schachen. The Schachen site operates since 2018 one of the three MSD forensic laboratories worldwide, investigating in manipulations and counterfeiting of MSD products – an important contribution to patient safety.
At the newly opened Zurich site “The Circle”, our company sets the focus on research & development, data management and the commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The Zurich hub offers a state-of-the-art work environment where our empowered, culturally diverse and inclusive workforce focuses on scientific excellence to improve people’s health.
MSD Switzerland plays an active role in its community and supports a range of local and regional initiatives as for example MSD for mothers, the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern”, and the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne. Since 2013, MSD Switzerland has been continuously certified as a Top Employer and is pioneering a gender-neutral parental leave program for employees.

For more information www.msd.chwww.de.msd-animal-health.chFollow-us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

About MSD

For more than 130 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

For more information, visit http://www.msd.com and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

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MSD Switzerland

media.switzerland@merck.com | Tel. 058 618 30 30
Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)

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CH-NON-01518, 01/2022

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Zurich, December 9, 2021 – MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG known as Merck & Co, Inc, Kenilworth, N.J., USA in the United States and Canada (NYSE: MRK) – has opened the doors to its new Innovation and Development Hub in Zurich. The new MSD Zurich Hub at “The Circle” at Zurich Airport brings together more than 250 of MSD’s top R&D and marketing specialists from around the world.

MSD established a new globally-focused Innovation and Development Hub in Zurich, Switzerland, in line with its commitment to scientific excellence. The MSD Zurich Hub will further strengthen the company’s focus on innovative solutions for healthcare challenges using data processing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Dr Dean Li, president of MSD Research Laboratories, says: “Zurich provides an exceptional academic and life sciences ecosystem. The new MSD Hub will be a unique place where teams from all over the world collaborate and innovate in pursuit of MSD’s mission to save and improve lives.”

The global innovation hub at “The Circle” is a state-of-the-art activity-based working environment that fosters cross-functional collaboration. It co-locates some of MSD’s global and regional functions including Analytics, Biostatistics, Clinical Data Management, Data Science, Health Care Technology Assessment, Market Access, Marketing, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Real-World Evidence.

MSD has been operating in Switzerland for close to 60 years with four locations based in the Canton of Luzern. MSD has contributed to the development of the Swiss bio-pharmaceutical industry since 1963, when MSD first established its presence in Lucerne.

Today, MSD Switzerland employs around 1’000 people working in local, regional, and global functions in Human Health, Research and Development, Animal Health and Manufacturing.

“The Hub will be home to more than 250 people from a wide range of geographic backgrounds and functions, giving us the diversity of thought and experience required to continue to advance lifesaving solutions for patients,” said Frank Clyburn, executive vice president and president of Human Health for MSD.

The MSD Zurich Hub offices at The Circle have opened to employees at beginning of October 2021 in compliance with the applicable protective measures.

About MSD in Switzerland
MSD Switzerland employs over 1’000 people working in local, regional and global functions across four sites in the canton of Lucerne and one site in the canton of Zurich. Our business activities are subdivided in the two divisions, Human Health and Animal Health. MSD Human Health covers a broad range of biopharmaceuticals. Our areas of research and development are focusing on Oncology and Immuno-Oncology as well as Vaccines to prevent diseases for children, young people, and adults against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Ebola, Hepatitis, Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Measles, Rubella, Chickenpox and Herpes Zoster. In addition, MSD is conducting research in the area of infectious diseases to find new therapeutic approaches for antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C. Further research focuses include Immunology (auto-immune diseases) as well as Diabetes. MSD has a long-lasting legacy in contributing to major public health challenges, such as River Blindness, Ebola and SARS-CoV-2.

MSD Animal Health develops and markets products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in farm animals and pets. With the most innovative and largest product portfolio for animal health in Switzerland, MSD contributes substantially to animals’ well-being.

Our company has one of the largest clinical research programs worldwide. MSD Switzerland conducts 35 clinical trials per year for which the required medicines are manufactured at our research & development site in Schachen. The Schachen site operates since 2018 one of the three MSD forensic laboratories worldwide, investigating in manipulations and counterfeiting of MSD products – an important contribution to patient safety.

At the newly opened Zurich site “The Circle”, our company sets the focus on research & development, data management and the commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The Zurich hub offers a state-of-the-art work environment where our empowered, culturally diverse and inclusive workforce focuses on scientific excellence to improve people’s health.

MSD Switzerland plays an active role in its community and supports a range of local and regional initiatives as for example MSD for mothers, the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern”, and the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne. Since 2013, MSD Switzerland has been continuously certified as a Top Employer and is pioneering a gender-neutral parental leave program for employees.

For more information www.msd.chwww.de.msd-animal-health.chFollow-us on TwitterLinkedIn, Facebook and YouTube.

About MSD
For more than 130 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

For more information, visit http://www.msd.com and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

MSD Switzerland
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Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)

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CH-NON-01456, 12/21

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Lucerne, October 13, 2021: The Swiss City Marathon Lucerne on October 31, 2021 will take place! MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme again as sponsor of the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne and again as UNICEF charity supporting partner.

On June 8, 2021, it was announced that the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne will take place. According to the development of the epidemiological situation, the organizers have defined new procedures and worked out a protection concept with a traffic light system. The slogan of this year’s marathon is: With us you run safely!

As in the past three years, MSD is a Charity Supporting Partner of UNICEF. Every runner who completes the “UNICEF mile” integrated into the race supports the UNICEF initiative “Kangaroo Mother Care“, which aims to reduce the risk of health complications and mortality in babies weighing less than 2500 grams. Already in 2019, MSD was able to present a check of 20,000 francs to UNICEF, supporting this project for the first time. We are therefore very pleased if we can continue to support this project thanks to the help of the runners.

We have established the task of reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in our “MSD for Mothers” initiative. It is an integral part of our corporate social responsibility programs, which are aligned with the goals of the United Nations. This commitment is reflected in our mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative products and services that save and improve lives. Our social responsibility to our patients, employees, customers and the communities in which we live and work is a top priority for MSD.

About MSD in Switzerland
MSD Switzerland employs over 1000 people working in local, regional and global functions across four sites in the canton of Lucerne and one site in the canton of Zurich.
Our business activities are subdivided in the two divisions, Human Health and Animal Health.
MSD Human Health covers a broad range of biopharmaceuticals. Our areas of research and development are focusing on Oncology and Immuno-Oncology as well as Vaccines to prevent diseases for children, young people, and adults against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Ebola, Hepatitis, Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Measles, Rubella, Chickenpox and Herpes Zoster. In addition, MSD is conducting research in the area of infectious diseases to find new therapeutic approaches for antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C. Further research focuses include Immunology (auto-immune diseases) as well as Diabetes. MSD has a long-lasting legacy in contributing to major public health challenges, such as River Blindness, Ebola and SARS-CoV-2.

MSD Animal Health develops and markets products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in farm animals and pets. With the most innovative and largest product portfolio for animal health in Switzerland, MSD contributes substantially to animals’ well-being.

Our company has one of the largest clinical research programs worldwide. MSD Switzerland conducts 35 clinical trials per year for which the required medicines are manufactured at our research & development site in Schachen. The Schachen site operates since 2018 one of the three MSD forensic laboratories worldwide, investigating in manipulations and counterfeiting of MSD products – an important contribution to patient safety.

At the newly opened Zurich site “The Circle”, our company sets the focus on research & development, data management and the commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The Zurich hub offers a state-of-the-art work environment where our empowered, culturally diverse and inclusive workforce focuses on scientific excellence to improve people’s health.

MSD Switzerland plays an active role in its community and supports a range of local and regional initiatives as for example MSD for mothers, the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern”, and the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne.
Since 2013, MSD Switzerland has been continuously certified as a Top Employer and is pioneering a gender-neutral parental leave program for employees.

For more information www.msd.ch, de.msd-animal-health.ch
Follow-us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About MSD
For more than 125 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

For more information, visit http://www.msd.com and connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Media department MSD Switzerland
media.switzerland@merck.com | Tel. 058 618 30 30
Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)

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CH-NON-01279 07/2021

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MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG has appointed Dr Corinna Lenz as the new site manager of the Swiss research and development unit at Werthenstein BioPharma GmbH. Corinna Lenz is replacing Justin Pennington who occupied the role in a temporary capacity.

Werthenstein BioPharma GmbH plays a key role in the global provision of new innovative medicines. At the site in Schachen (Lucerne), more than 400 employees from around 15 countries develop and analyse new biotechnological active ingredients, test new medicines, conduct stability studies and package and supply medicines for clinical trials all around the world. Schachen is also home to one of MSD’s three forensic laboratories worldwide, which aim to quickly detect product manipulation and counterfeiting, thereby making an important contribution to patient safety.

Corinna Lenz has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, including five years at the Schachen site (owned by Schering-Plough at the time) where she held various positions in the Global Clinical Supply division. Before joining MSD, Corinna Lenz worked in several management positions, starting out as head of the Quality division and subsequently the Production division at Galderma/Nestlé Skin Health (Switzerland). Lenz has a Master’s in pharmaceutics and achieved a PhD in pharmaceutical technology from the University of Basel. She also holds an Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change from the INSEAD business school.

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to head up the research and development site in Schachen and collaborate with such a motivated and innovative team to make an important contribution to improving the health of our patients.”

Corinna Lenz
new site manager at Werthenstein BioPharma GmbH

About MSD in Switzerland

MSD Switzerland employs over 1000 people working in local, regional and global functions across four sites in the canton of Lucerne and one site in the canton of Zurich. Our business activities are subdivided in the two divisions, Human Health and Animal Health.

MSD Human Health covers a broad range of biopharmaceuticals. Our areas of research and development are focusing on Oncology and Immuno-Oncology as well as Vaccines to prevent diseases for children, young people, and adults against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Ebola, Hepatitis, Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Measles, Rubella, Chickenpox and Herpes Zoster. In addition, MSD is conducting research in the area of infectious diseases to find new therapeutic approaches for antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C. Further research focuses include immunology (auto-immune diseases) as well as cardiometabolic diseases and Diabetes. MSD has a long-lasting legacy in contributing to major public health challenges, such as River Blindness, Ebola and SARS-CoV-2.

MSD Animal Health develops and markets products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in farm animals and pets. With the most innovative and largest product portfolio for animal health in Switzerland, MSD contributes substantially to animals’ wellbeing.

Our company has one of the largest clinical research programs worldwide. MSD Switzerland conducts 25 clinical trials per year for which the required medicines are manufactured at our research & development site in Schachen. The Schachen site operates since 2018 one of the three MSD forensic laboratories worldwide, investigating in manipulations and counterfeiting of MSD products – an important contribution to patient safety.

At the newly opened Zurich site “The Circle”, our company sets the focus on research & development, data management and the commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The Zurich hub offers a state-of-the-art work environment where our empowered, culturally diverse and inclusive workforce focuses on scientific excellence to improve people’s health.

MSD Switzerland plays an active role in its community and supports a range of local and regional initiatives as for example MSD for mothers, the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern”, and the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne.

Since 2013, MSD Switzerland has been continuously certified as a Top Employer and is pioneering a gender-neutral parental leave program for employees.

For more information www.msd.chde.msd-animal-health.ch
Follow-us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

About MSD

For more than 125 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier researchintensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

For more information, visit https://www.msd.com and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

Media department MSD Switzerland
media.switzerland@merck.com | Tel. 058 618 30 30
Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)

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CH-NON-01010, 02/2021

MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme announced on February 5, 2020, the spinoff of its women’s health, proven established brands and biosimilars businesses to a new independent company. The transaction is expected to be completed during Q2 of 2021. Organon & Co (Organon), the name of the new spin-off, has a strong brand value and is widely recognized among healthcare professionals for its commitment to patients and innovation. Organon is committed to global leadership and sustainable growth in women’s health, leveraging the full potential of established brands and the growing biosimilars business. MSD will remain the leading research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. MSD wants to strengthen its focus on key drivers in oncology, vaccines, acute care and animal health.

New Organon group to establish home base in Lucerne

Following the decision to create Organon as an independent patient-focused company, Organon has chosen the City of Lucerne as its Swiss base at Weystrasse. The Organon presence in Switzerland will include a wide range of local, regional and global functions including scientific, medical, commercial, administrative and more. This decision represents a significant commitment to the City and the Canton of Lucerne, recognizing the opportunities it offers as a growing environment for biopharmaceutical innovation and offering unparalleled opportunities. The Director of Economic Affairs, Fabian Peter, is pleased about the decision: “The establishment of Organon, as a new company, in Lucerne is an asset for our business and innovation location.”

About MSD in Switzerland

MSD Switzerland employs over 1000 people working in local, regional and global functions across four sites in the canton of Lucerne and one site in the canton of Zurich. Our business activities are subdivided in the two divisions, Human Health and Animal Health.

MSD Human Health covers a broad range of biopharmaceuticals. Our areas of research and development are focusing on Oncology and Immuno-Oncology as well as Vaccines to prevent diseases for children, young people, and adults against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Ebola, Hepatitis, Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Measles, Rubella, Chickenpox and Herpes Zoster. In addition, MSD is conducting research in the area of infectious diseases to find new therapeutic approaches for antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C. Further research focuses include immunology (auto-immune diseases) as well as cardiometabolic diseases and Diabetes. MSD has a long-lasting legacy in contributing to major public health challenges, such as River Blindness, Ebola and SARS-CoV-2.

MSD Animal Health develops and markets products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in farm animals and pets. With the most innovative and largest product portfolio for animal health in Switzerland, MSD contributes substantially to animals’ wellbeing.

Our company has one of the largest clinical research programs worldwide. MSD Switzerland conducts 25 clinical trials per year for which the required medicines are manufactured at our research & development site in Schachen. The Schachen site operates since 2018 one of the three MSD forensic laboratories worldwide, investigating in manipulations and counterfeiting of MSD products – an important contribution to patient safety.

At the newly opened Zurich site “The Circle”, our company sets the focus on research & development, data management and the commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The Zurich hub offers a state-of-the-art work environment where our empowered, culturally diverse and inclusive workforce focuses on scientific excellence to improve people’s health.

MSD Switzerland plays an active role in its community and supports a range of local and regional initiatives as for example MSD for mothers, the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern”, and the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne.

Since 2013, MSD Switzerland has been continuously certified as a Top Employer and is pioneering a gender-neutral parental leave program for employees.

For more information www.msd.chde.msd-animal-health.ch
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About MSD

For more than 125 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier researchintensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

For more information, visit https://www.msd.com and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

Media department MSD Switzerland
media.switzerland@merck.com | Tel. 058 618 30 30
Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)

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As a leading global biopharmaceutical company focused on oncology, vaccines, specialty products and animal health, MSD offers a wide range of career opportunities in an environment where employees feel included.

MSD has been awarded and certified as the Top Employer Switzerland in 2021 for the ninth consecutive time. In 2020, MSD introduced new internal policies to allow a generous gender-neutral parental leave of 16 weeks. In the same year, MSD instituted a new policy giving full flexibility to employees and their managers to determine how much or how often they work remotely. In addition, MSD has put increased emphasis on working in digital ways becoming a more agile organization and more focused on growth and learning.

In order to achieve the Top Employer award, it is crucial to meet the required standards in a stringent assessment process. The Top Employers Institute assessed MSD on the following criteria:

  • Employee Attraction
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Ethics & Integrity
  • Digital HR
  • Corporate Culture

About Top Employer

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognizing excellence in people practices. The Institute helps accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Certification Program, participants can be certified and recognized as an employer of choice. Established more than 25 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified over 1 600 organizations in 119 countries and regions. These certified companies positively impact the lives of over 6 900 000 employees globally. Crucial factors for gaining the Top Employer Award include above-average ratings under the headings Human Resource Management, Remuneration and Social Security, Career Opportunities, Working Conditions, Education and Training, and Corporate Culture. Only those companies with above-average performance in all these areas are awarded the Top Employer quality label. Further information can be accessed under the following webpage: www.top-employers.com.

About MSD in Switzerland

MSD Switzerland employs over 1000 people working in local, regional and global functions across four sites in the canton of Lucerne and one site in the canton of Zurich. Our business activities are subdivided in the two divisions, Human Health and Animal Health.

MSD Human Health covers a broad range of biopharmaceuticals. Our areas of research and development are focusing on Oncology and Immuno-Oncology as well as Vaccines to prevent diseases for children, young people, and adults against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), Ebola, Hepatitis, Pneumococcus, Meningococcus, Measles, Rubella, Chickenpox and Herpes Zoster. In addition, MSD is conducting research in the area of infectious diseases to find new therapeutic approaches for antibiotic resistance, HIV/Aids and Hepatitis C. Further research focuses include immunology (auto-immune diseases) as well as cardiometabolic diseases and Diabetes. MSD has a long-lasting legacy in contributing to major public health challenges, such as River Blindness, Ebola and SARS-CoV-2.

MSD Animal Health develops and markets products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in farm animals and pets. With the most innovative and largest product portfolio for animal health in Switzerland, MSD contributes substantially to animals’ wellbeing.

Our company has one of the largest clinical research programs worldwide. MSD Switzerland conducts 25 clinical trials per year for which the required medicines are manufactured at our research & development site in Schachen. The Schachen site operates since 2018 one of the three MSD forensic laboratories worldwide, investigating in manipulations and counterfeiting of MSD products – an important contribution to patient safety.

At the newly opened Zurich site “The Circle”, our company sets the focus on research & development, data management and the commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The Zurich hub offers a state-of-the-art work environment where our empowered, culturally diverse and inclusive workforce focuses on scientific excellence to improve people’s health.

MSD Switzerland plays an active role in its community and supports a range of local and regional initiatives as for example MSD for mothers, the health congress “Trendtage Gesundheit Luzern”, and the Swiss City Marathon Lucerne.

Since 2013, MSD Switzerland has been continuously certified as a Top Employer and is pioneering a gender-neutral parental leave program for employees.

For more information www.msd.chde.msd-animal-health.ch

Follow-us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

About MSD

For more than 125 years, MSD has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. MSD is a trade name of Merck & Co., Inc., with headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. We demonstrate our commitment to patients and population health by increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, MSD continues to be at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals — including cancer, infectious diseases such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases — as we aspire to be the premier researchintensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

For more information, visit https://www.msd.com and connect with us on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube.

Media department MSD Switzerland
media.switzerland@merck.com | Tel. 058 618 30 30
Jean-Blaise Defago (Policy & Communications Director)

© 2021 MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme AG, Werftestrasse 4, 6005 Luzern. . All rights reserved.

CH-NON-01001, 01/2021