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Our History | Merck Millipore
Millipore Filter Company
In 1954, a modest filtration company with just a handful of employees, opened for business. The Millipore Filter Company pioneered the use of membrane technology in hundreds of applications. Later changing its name to Millipore Corporation to reflect its growing range of products and expanded core capabilities, the company would expand - through strategic acquisitions, targeted capital investments, and organic growth - to a global, billion dollar Life Science corporation.

Merck Millipore
In 2010, Millipore Corporation was acquired by Merck, and became part of the company’s life science tools division. With a range of more than 60,000 products on offer, this division captured significant opportunities in high-growth, high-margin market segments such as bio-research and bio-production.

The life science business of Merck
On November 18, 2015, Merck announced the completion of its $ 17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich, creating one of the leaders in the $ 130 billion global industry to help solve the toughest problems in life science. This transaction brings together the world-class products and services, innovative capabilities and exceptional talent of Merck Millipore and Sigma-Aldrich to create a global leader in the life science industry.

Merck is a global pharmaceutical, chemical and life science company with a history that began in 1668 and a future shaped by approximately 38,000 employees in 66 countries.