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Photo private 2015 - Andrew BulpinMake or Break Drug Discovery and Biopharma of Merck Life Science

August 2015, updated November 19/11/15. Merck KGaA is preparing to combine Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) and Merk Millipore into its new Life Science Division called MilliporeSigma, a denomination which is indicative of Sigma-Aldrich steered by EMD Millipore’s management (see Editor’s note: Merck KGaA: Sigma-Aldrich Acquisition formally completed). The re-structured organisation will retain the three business lines of both organisations which target customers in bioscience, laboratories, and pharma or biotech. Merck and Sigma-Aldrich promise a two-digit growth. How might this be achieved beyond legal completion of the merger?

Merck Millipore’s Process Solutions performs substantially better than SAFC, SIAL’s drug discovery and bioparmaceuticals business. While Merck Millipore has profitably focused on demand in Europe (cp. Martillac, France operations by Merck Biodevelopment), opportunities in Asia have not been satisfactorily exploited compared to competitors until now. Since 2010 when Merck KGaA acquired Millipore the German company has been ranking third in the industry supplying reagents, devices, and services to life sciences. How does that change after the merger? Beyond combining firms, human resources, and operations, which business line will drive growth, and in which region of the world?

Andrew Bulpin, currently Global Head of Merck Millipore Process Solutions, is expected to play a major role in the new Life Science Division In the exclusive interview with B2Bioworld he talks about changes in cell culture media demand, shifts in needs of biopharma customers (e.g. biosimilars versus generics in emerging markets in Asia), as well as ongoing transformation of organisational forms (e.g. in orphan drug manufacturing in Europe).

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