In November 2009, Merck & Co and Schering-Plough completed its planned merger. The merged companies will operate under the Merck name.
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In November 2007, Akzo Nobel completed the sale of Organon BioSciences to Schering-Plough for Euro11bn. The sale was completed after approval was given by the US Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission.
Organon BioSciences is a global biopharmaceutical group, comprising of Organon and Intervet. It develops, manufactures and markets medicines for human and animal healthcare. It has headquarters in Oss, the Netherlands and employs approximately 19,200 people, of whom 17% worked in research and development.
Organon - This is an international player in several key areas of human pharmaceuticals. It is a medium ranking pharmaceutical company with a therapeutic focus on hormonal and central nervous system (CNS) products. Product groups are contraception, hormone replacement treatment, infertility, depression and hospital pharmaceuticals.
Intervet - This is an animal healthcare company with vaccines and speciality products for both livestock and pets. The acquisition of Hoechst Roussel Vet and Bayer's North American biologicals products business is claimed to have pushed Intervet into the number three position worldwide.
Nobilon - This business deals in the development, licensing and manufacturing of human vaccines. It combines the technical, regulatory and product development capabilities of both Organon and Intervet.
Schering-Plough Research Institute
Schering-Plough Research Institute (SPRI) is the pharmaceutical research and development unit of Schering-Plough. With its New Jersey laboratories and DNAX Research Institute and Canji in California, SPRI carries out immunology and biotechnology research and gene therapy.
Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals manufactures and markets prescription pharmaceuticals under its Schering Laboratories and Key Pharmaceuticals labels in the US and through subsidiaries in over 125 world markets. Products are offered primarily in four major therapeutic areas: allergy/respiratory, anti-infective/anticancer, dermatological and cardiovascular. A line of generic drugs is marketed in the US through the Warrick Pharmaceuticals unit.
Schering-Plough Animal Health
Schering-Plough Animal Health develops and markets worldwide a broad range of pharmaceuticals and biologicals for food-producing animals, including cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and fish, as well as for companion animals such as cats, dogs and horses. A major challenge for Schering-Plough Animal Health in 1998 was completing the integration of Mallinckrodt's worldwide animal health business, acquired in June 1997.
Schering-Plough HealthCare Products is building on its position in North America as a manufacturer and marketer of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical and personal care products by capitalising on brand names as Afrin, Drixoral, Tinactin, Correctol, Dr. Scholl's and Coppertone in its OTC, foot care and sun care businesses.
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In August 2009, Schering-Plough approved the merger with Merck & Co. It is believed that by combining the two companies it will create a “strong global health care leader”. Under the name “Merck”, the combined company will be headed by Merck chairman, president and chief executive officer, Richard Clark and have headquarters in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, US. ICIS also provides you with key financial data listed in table form.
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