Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced its intention to spin-off products from its Women’s Health, trusted Legacy Brands, and Biosimilars businesses into a new, yet-to-be-named, independent, publicly traded company. The spinoff will allow both management teams to drive increased responsiveness to the particular needs of their patients and customers and achieve faster growth through focused and fit-for-purpose operating models.
Transaction intended to be completed in the first half of 2021.
Merck will continue to benefit from strong growth across its current key pillars of Oncology, Vaccines, Hospital and Animal Health, while remaining fully committed to investing in research and development in pursuit of breakthrough innovations across all areas of science and to driving value from its deep late-stage pipeline. As a premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company, Merck will continue its pursuit to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world.
“Over the past several years, we have purposefully shifted the focus of our efforts and resources to our best opportunities for growth,” said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck. “This has led to the exceptional results we are reporting today. Given the opportunities now in front of us, we believe we can benefit from even greater focus. At the same time, we believe additional resources and focus will help ensure that our expansive portfolio, including many trusted and medically important products, reach their full potential. We have therefore made the decision to separate into two growth companies: Merck and NewCo. By optimizing our human health portfolio, Merck can move closer to its aspiration of being the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company, while also properly prioritizing a set of products at NewCo that are important to public health and the patients who rely on them, and which present real opportunities for growth.”