San Francisco, January 12, 2017 — Recognizing that tomorrow’s discoveries depend on the next generation of scientists—and that breakthroughs begin with curiosity – MilliporeSigma has kicked off a year-long “Curiosity Cube™” tour.
The tour builds on MilliporeSigma’s successful Curiosity Labs™ program, in which MilliporeSigma employees volunteer their time to deliver hands-on, interactive science lessons to inspire students to explore a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The Curiosity Cube™ – a 22x10-foot, retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab – will visit more than two dozen stops across the United States in 2017, aiming to reach 350,000 students.
“Through our Curiosity Labs™ program, we have brought leading edge science technology and experiments to tens of thousands of students around the globe – inspiring them to seek a career in science and pave a road to a future filled with innovative breakthroughs,” said Udit Batra, Member of the Executive Board, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and CEO, MilliporeSigma. “We are excited to bring similar experiences to even more curious minds, of all ages, through the Curiosity Cube™ tour.”
Equipped with the latest technology, the Curiosity Cube™ provides a learning environment that allows visitors of all ages to become immersed in specific science topics – from learning about how DNA works to building their own, custom microbe using a 3D printer.
All Curiosity Cube™ experiments will be staffed by MilliporeSigma employees – allowing visitors to ask questions and discuss the possibilities of a future career in STEM.
Cities on the Curiosity Cube’s™ tour across the United States include Boston, Austin, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Washington, DC. To follow the Curiosity Cube™ tour and other efforts of MilliporeSigma, follow the #SPARKCuriosity hashtag on Twitter and Facebook.
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 19,000 employees and 65 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in health care, Life Science and performance materials. The company has six businesses—Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Biosimilars, Life Science and Performance Materials—and generated sales of €12.85 billion in 2015. Around 50,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers and to help meet global challenges.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company—since 1668, the company has stood for innovation, business success and responsible entrepreneurship. Holding an approximately 70 percent interest, the founding family remains the majority owner of the company to this day. The company holds the global rights to the name and the trademark “Merck” internationally except for the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.
About the Corporate Responsibility Efforts of 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 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.
Through its corporate responsibility initiatives, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, harnesses the collective expertise, passion and energy of employees to minimize its environmental footprint and positively impact communities around the world.
The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is uniquely positioned to solve the toughest problems in Life Science through its efforts aligned with strengths in research, innovation and collaboration with the global scientific community. This helps differentiate its business and provides a competitive edge for its customers, while accelerating access to health for people everywhere. The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility through extensive programs in three main areas: Greener Products and Solutions—which includes Design for Sustainability, Green Chemistry, Packaging and Recycling initiatives; Employee and Community Engagement; and Sustainable Operations.