The Millipore Corporation, which was originally founded in 1954 by Jack Bush as the Millipore Filter Company, was a life sciences company. It was primarily known for its membrane technology, which was used in a number of devices, such as micrometer pore-size filters and tests. As it expanded geographically and began to offer more products, Millipore expanded internationally and became a billion-dollar company. Millipore was acquired in 2010 by Merck KGaA, which is headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany.
Upon its acquisition of the Millipore Corporation, Merck re-branded itself as Merck Millipore. As of 2016, it is known as EMD Millipore in North America.
As a part of Merck, Millipore has become a major component of the company’s Life Science Tools Division, which is one of three major business divisions within the company along with the Lab Solutions and Process Solutions Divisions. As of 2016, the company offers a range of approximately 60,000 products that are primarily intended for market segments such as bio research and bio production. It is also heavily involved in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. In total, Merck Millipore offers more than 300,000 total products.
As of 2016, EMD Millipore has more than 19,000 employees and operates in 68 countries. In total, Merck Millipore has approximately 50,000 employees worldwide.