Innovation Center

We help ideas grow and become viable new businesses

350 years of innovation have taught us how great ideas can create success and improve the lives of people. As innovation is often sparked by a curious question, we asked: “What if curious minds from all business sectors joined forces with external innovators to develop innovations beyond current boundaries? Wouldn’t it be ideal to have a place to complement our existing research and development where we could help ideas grow into viable new business outside our current scope?”

Our answer was to build a space for innovation right in the heart of our headquarters in Darmstadt: The Merck Innovation Center. Here, our initiatives connect employees and external startups, visionaries and companies from all around the globe to create groundbreaking innovations. The Innovation Center enables us to facilitate innovations and bring them to life through inviting our employees and external partners into an optimal environment where they can grow their ideas.

To give the future even more room, we opened our new Innovation Center at Merck’s global headquarters—and it is far more than just a building: It is a mindset, open to new ideas and people. In this spirit, we invite you to ask curious questions, explore the unexplored and become part of our community of curious minds.

Take a tour

Fasten your seatbelt and take a drone flight through the Innovation Center

Looking beyond current boundaries

Ready for the next big thing?

Taking different perspectives is key – which is why we approach innovation from many different angles. To build sustainable future businesses, we define Innovation Fields that set a strategic direction. We source internal ideas and foster to develop a dedicated project portfolio. We connect with internal and external innovators and strengthen their skills.

We endeavor to develop innovation projects from the initial idea all the way to a functioning business model beyond Merck’s current portfolio. The Innovation Center encourages employees across all business sectors to become an active driver of innovation by participating in our internal ideation programs. The most promising ideas sourced through these ideation channels become Innovation Projects.

Are you a curious mind?

Ready to push your curiosity, ideas, and even businesses to the next level? Then join us as we are reaching out to all students, entrepreneurs, startups and companies across sectors who are up for a challenge.

Imagine a virtual reality experience that supports children with cancer in hospitals, or a bright organic light source that can be printed on paper. These and other great ideas have been brought to the Innovation Center and were further developed right here.

Together with innovative students, startups and well-established companies around the world we collaborate on innovation beyond current boundaries. Explore our various formats that allow you to work on new ideas or to test, train, and share your skills!

Let your ideas grow even further through one of our programs:

Ideas from inside

The Innovation Center invites all curious employees from across our company's business sectors to join forces in our initiatives and develop mind-blowing innovations.

In the Innovation Think Tank, dedicated teams analyze future trends and technologies during a 3-month stay at the Innovation Center.

Innospire encourages employees to submit and further develop their ideas for new products or business opportunities.

Open Campaign is a dynamic, flexible ideation approach that accelerates internal ideas to innovation projects within a short time frame.

Our Innovator Academy runs need-based trainings for idea-givers, innovators, internal project teams, members of think tanks, and startups.

What’s new?

Follow the latest news from the Innovation Center

| Accelerator

On April 10th the annual Merck Startup Day took place in our Innovation Center in Darmstadt.

| Innovation Center

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| Accelerator

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Room for ideas

An open, flexible space where innovation thrives

Due to its unique, open architecture, the Innovation Center is designed to combine workspaces with public spaces. Whether you are an employee or visitor, feel invited to exchange your ideas with liked-minded people in a convivial setting, engage in discourse, and collaborate across disciplines and functions. Have a look at some of the most exciting corners of our new building in the gallery below.


Lounge and Coffeeshop

Lounge and Coffeeshop on Level 1 (ground floor) provide a warm welcome to all visitors and an overview of Merck’s innovation approach.



The ground floor also hosts the Auditorium which seats up to 250 guests for exciting talks and other events, some of which will be open to the public.


Co-Creation Space

Our Co-Creation Space on Level 2 fosters creative thinking and collaboration via workshops and other open exchange formats.


Scientific Multimedia Library

The library on Level 2 offers information on business, science, patents, and innovation topics. Search for journals and e-books is voice-based, loaning happens autonomous. The offer is completed by providing access to virtual reality and 3D applications available in the science environment.


Project Areas

Ideas are generated and developed in the highly flexible Project Areas in an open space design on Level 3-5. Here, start-ups and Merck project teams are hosted to collaboratively work on innovation projects outside of our current scope.



In the Makerspace on Level 6, innovators can build their very own prototypes. It offers a variety of tools and technology, including 3D printing, laser cutters, augmented and virtual reality devices, basic electronic kit, and traditional tools and materials. The Makerspace also maintains a network of partners and showcases supplier innovation.


Re-Creation Area

A Re-Creation Area on Level 6 offers individuals the option to work concentrated in a quiet environment or recharge their creative powers.

Still curious?