Darmstadt_MERCKMerck, a leading science and technology company, is relaunching its global network of customer collaboration centres, providing customers a shared, exploratory environment with scientists and engineers working to solve their toughest biomanufacturing challenges and helping to accelerate development of new therapies.

Formerly known as biomanufacturing science training centres, the new state-of-the art M Lab Collaboration Centers provide a simulated manufacturing environment for experiments, troubleshooting and problem solving, in a non-GMP setting, that fosters education and full end-to-end process development support. Customers participate in product demonstrations, hands-on training and proof-of-concept work, as well as apply best practices and new approaches to develop, optimize and scale-up processes and simplify global technology transfer.

“These centres have been an important resource for our customers and the biopharma industry for more than two decades,” said Udit Batra, Member of the Merck Executive Board and CEO, Life Science. “Now reimagined and reengineered as M Lab Collaboration Centers, we have taken our industry leading concept to the next level. We are creating unique and inspiring settings where customers can explore new ways to increase productivity and improve processes in close collaboration with our team of experts.”

Merck unveiled its first remodelled centre in Tokyo, Japan on 29 June 2016. The network, established in 1995, will also include locations in Brazil, China, France, India, Singapore, South Korea and the United States, with formal relaunch of centres around the world taking place throughout the remainder of 2016 and 2017.

Each M Lab Collaboration Center will welcome customers and collaboration partners from government, academia, regulatory bodies and industry associations, offering application best practices and knowledge sharing tailored to address the specific needs of the local pharmaceutical manufacturers. Customers will have access to sizing and simulation tools and methodologies as well as analytical and modeling support and customer education programmes.