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About our company

MSD is more than just medicines, we invent for a more hopeful future.

We aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world

Merck Sharp & Dohme (New Zealand) Limited (MSD) is a subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA. In all markets apart from the United States and Canada, we are known as MSD.

MSD began trading in New Zealand in 1962. MSD focuses on clinical research and supplies pharmaceuticals and vaccines for New Zealand patients across a broad number of therapeutic areas including: oncology, vaccinology, HIV, antibacterials and antifungals.

Our areas of focus

Through innovation and scientific excellence, we deliver vaccines and medicines that may help millions of people around the world.


Our mission is to deliver innovations that may help extend and improve the lives of people with cancer.

Learn about oncology


Vaccines are one of the greatest public health success stories – and for over 100 years we’ve been discovering, developing and delivering vaccines that may help to prevent disease.

Learn about vaccines

Infectious diseases

We play an important role in discovering and developing innovative medicines and vaccines that may help to treat and prevent infectious diseases.

Learn about infectious dieases

Discovery & development

We are pushing the boundaries in research where we can make the greatest difference, now and in the future.

Learn about our work


As a company dedicated to saving and improving lives, we have a special responsibility to help in the fight against COVID-19. We’ve been fully committed to developing an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic since it was first recognised.

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MSD Animal Health

MSD Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services.

We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.

Business partnerships and public policies keep our patients in focus

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Business development & licensing

We work with partners, from early-stage science to clinical-stage programs, to deliver new therapies to patients.

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Policies & positions

We support public policies that advance the interests of patients, improve public health and promote access to medicines and innovation.

NZ-NON-00190 TAPS NA 13280 Last Updated October 2021