About Us

Mission Statement

We drive innovation and back entrepreneurs through equity investments and hands on support in fields that could impact the vitality and sustainability of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s current and future businesses. We are the strategic, corporate venture capital arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Our mandate is to invest in innovative technologies and products with the potential to significantly impact Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s core business areas. From our headquarters in Amsterdam and offices in the US and Israel we invest globally in transformational ideas driven by great entrepreneurs. We take an active role in our portfolio companies and team up with entrepreneurs and co-investors to translate innovation towards commercial success. We have a significant focus on early stage investing and company creation including the creation of spin-offs to leverage Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany’s science and technology base.

Dr. Stefan Oschmann
Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Science and technology are accelerating at such a pace that we need to recognize as a large corporation that our role is often to monitor, support and influence. Merck Ventures BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is central to our ambitions to push the edge of what’s possible in healthcare, life sciences, advanced materials and beyond. Through this venture fund, we join forces with industry visionaries in order to maintain our science and technology leadership for the next generation.

We admire entrepreneurs for their ability to turn science, technology and groundbreaking ideas into a product vision that could improve patient’s lives, disrupt industries or transform the way we live. We want to play our part in changing the world by provide these startups the exceptional support they need to make their vision a commercial success. We help our companies interface with our parent company, providing unique access to the broad expertise and infrastructure of a leading science and technology company.

Roel Bulthuis
Senior Vice President & Managing Director
Merck Ventures BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany