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August 30, 2017
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MilliporeSigma Opens its First Customer Food Safety Studio
  • New Food Safety Studio in Bellevue, Washington, serves as global center for innovation and collaboration
  • Demonstration and training lab space extends product and process development to customers

Billerica, Massachusetts, August 30, 2017 MilliporeSigma has opened its first global Food Safety Studio in Bellevue, Washington for manufacturers of all types of food (beef, poultry, produce, etc.) to collaborate with MilliporeSigma scientists on developing safety products for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens.

The new 5,300-square foot center gives customers access to a complete food safety workflow, from raw materials testing to finished-product safety testing, to help find, correct and prevent hazards within the food supply chain. The center allows customers to work with many manual or automated food safety products such as testing kits and hygiene swabs that are critical to maintaining safety throughout the manufacturing process.

”The opening of MilliporeSigma’s Food Safety Studio demonstrates our commitment to ensuring the safety of the global food supply,” said Jean-Charles Wirth, Head of the Applied Solutions business unit at MilliporeSigma. “With this investment, we are bringing teams together in a workspace designed to foster open innovation and collaboration with the goal of becoming the leader in food safety testing.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 48 million Americans each year are affected by foodborne illness that is often caused by eating a wide range of foods, including undercooked meat, raw eggs, produce and dairy products.

MilliporeSigma, which earlier this year acquired BioControl Systems, a global leader in food safety testing, helps customers protect the global food supply by providing a comprehensive portfolio of state-of-the-art testing technologies.

Customer visits are being scheduled for the new Food Safety Studio, which features a Food Safety Demonstration Center designed with a classroom setting and demonstration lab.

About the Life Science Business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 20,000 employees and 60 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery. Udit Batra is the global chief executive officer of MilliporeSigma.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global life science industry.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 52,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene-editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2018, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of €14.8 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Since its founding 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. For more information about Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, visit www.emdgroup.com.