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Rekha Bijoy Kumar +91 9819722192

14 August, 2018

Merck supports Goa Government in the 108 First


Responder Bike Ambulance initiative.

Goa, India, 14 August, 2018 – Merck, a leading science and technology company,
today announced the launch of 15 (fifteen) Merck sponsored 108 First Responder
Bike Ambulances, under the initiative of the Directorate of Health Services,
Government of Goa. The initiative has taken shape under the guidance of Shri
Manohar Parikkar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa and Shri Vishwajit Rane, Hon’ble
Minister of Health, Government of Goa. The new bikes were launched on 14 August
2018, by Shri Vishwajit Rane and Mr Nitin Singh, Country Speaker, Merck India.

Shri Vishwajit Rane, Hon’ble Minister of Health “We are very happy by the initiative
taken by Merck contributing to our mission of saving lives. With these 15 Additional
Bikes each part of Goa will be covered in terms of Health security “

Nitin Singh, Country Speaker, Merck India “Merck is ranked 4th in the 2016 Access
to Medicine (ATM) Index, one of the three most credible sustainability ratings
worldwide. This reflects our commitment to improving sustainable access to
healthcare solutions for all communities, regardless of their location. Our
partnership with the Goa government on the bike ambulance initiative has further
reinforced our commitment to provide timely healthcare in locations that may not
be easily accessed by the regular health and emergency services.”

Social responsibility is at the core of Merck’s business. Based out of Usgaon Merck
is actively supporting the infrastructure of schools near its plant. Merck has rebuilt
classrooms, laboratories and sanitation facilities in the St Joseph and Sarvodaya
schools in Usgaon. Study material is donated to children from various schools in
Usgaon, every year, through Merck’s community initiative with the panchayat.

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Merck also supports the education (from Std XI to Graduation) of 45 children in Goa
through its scholarship program.

The Directorate of Health Services has conveyed that the new 108 First Responder
Bike Ambulances will be stationed at strategic locations across the major cities in
Goa ensuring faster access to care for emergency and accident victims. The
ambulances will be managed and operated by GVK EMRI under the toll free no. 108.

As a leading science and technology company, Merck imagines building the future
and making life better for people all over the world. The company is aware that
access to health is a complex challenge with many facets and no one-size-fits-all
solution. Therefore, Merck programs and initiatives are tailored to global, regional
and local needs, taking a holistic approach and working in partnerships.

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Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials.
Almost 53,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life – from
biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific
research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2017, Merck
generated sales of €15.3 billion in 66 countries.
Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family
remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck holds the global rights to the
“Merck”name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company
operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

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