Merck

The company was established in 1891 as the United States subsidiary of the German company Merck, which was founded in 1668 by the Merck family.  Merck & Co. was nationalized by the US government during World War I and subsequently established as an independent American company in 1917. While it operates as Merck & Co. in North America, the original Merck based in Darmstadt holds the rights to the Merck name everywhere else. Merck