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April 5, 2017
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MilliporeSigma Announces First Stops in National Curiosity Cube™ Tour
  • Mobile science lab to visit nine locations through June 2017

Billerica, Massachusetts, April 5, 2017 MilliporeSigma today announced nine stops for the first half of its national, year-long Curiosity Cube™ tour. Built on the company’s successful Curiosity Labs™ program, the Curiosity Cube™ — a 22x10-foot, retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab — is sparking scientific curiosity through interactive, hands-on science experiments.

The Curiosity Cube™ tour started in San Francisco, California and has since made stops in San Diego and Sacramento. With a goal of reaching 350,000 students this year, the mobile science lab will visit more than two dozen locations across the United States, including Seattle, Washington, (March 29-April 4); Laramie, Wyoming (April 7-13); Austin, Texas (April 17-30); Houston, Texas (May 1-14); Kansas City, Missouri (May 15-28) and St. Louis, Missouri (May 29-June 30).

“As our Curiosity Cube™ travels the United States, we look forward to engaging curious minds of all ages to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Renee Connolly, Head of Communications & Corporate Responsibility, MilliporeSigma. “A commitment to STEM education today means more scientific breakthroughs in the future. We are proud to offer this first-ever program.”

All Curiosity Cube™ experiments are staffed by MilliporeSigma employees — allowing visitors to ask questions and discuss possibilities of future careers in the industry. To help execute the Curiosity Cube™ experience, MilliporeSigma is collaborating with Betabox — a provider of on-demand, customized mobile lab spaces supplied with advanced equipment and technologies to promote hands-on learning. Equipped with these tools, the Curiosity Cube™ allows visitors to become immersed in specific science topics — from learning about how DNA works to building their own, custom microbe using a 3D printer.

To learn more, or to follow the Curiosity Cube™ tour and other MilliporeSigma activities, visit and follow #SPARKCuriosity 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 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.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global life science industry.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company has five businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Life Science and Performance Materials – and generated sales of €15 billion in 2016. 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
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.