Vendor:Merck KGaA

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Merck KGaA
Type Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien
Industry Pharmaceuticals
Life sciences
Headquarters Frankfurter Straße 250, Darmstadt, Germany
Number of locations Multiple
Area served Worldwide
Products Lenexo Inventory Manager
Divisions MilliporeSigma

Merck KGaA—operating as Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in Europe and MilliporeSigma in North America—is a pharmaceutical, chemical, and life sciences business operating in close to 70 countries.


The company was reportedly founded in 1668 and remains "the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world."[1] In recent times, the company is notable for its acquisition of Millipore Corp. in 2010[2] and Sigma-Aldrich in 2015, which combined with Millipore would become MilliporeSigma in North America.[3]

In 2023, the Brightlab website went dark. Further investigation shows that the Brightlab website began forwarding to MilliporeSigma's Lanexo Inventory Manager software site.[4] As Lanexo doesn't seem to list ELN functionality, it appears the original idea of an ELN was abandoned by MilliporeSigma.

Prior offerings

BrightLab was a cloud-based laboratory informatics solution that is designed to enable researchers to "control all aspects of the experiment lifecycle from a single, easy-to-configure platform." [5] BrightLab combined electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) functionality with integrated modules for inventory and request management, Sigma-Aldrich ordering, and instrument scheduling.[5]

In addition, BrightLab allowed users the option to connect their instrument data to their ELN in order to "automate the capturing, tagging, storing, parsing, and analyzing of data." [6] The software was hosted in the cloud under the software as a service (SaaS) distribution model.

Technology and products

Lenexo Inventory Manager

Lenexo Inventory Manager is an inventory management software solution that "gives you access to real-time inventory data, such as SDS, opening/expiry dates, location, and disposal information."[7]


  1. "History". Merck KGaA. Retrieved 16 September 2019. 
  2. "Germany's Merck to buy Millipore in $7.2 billion transaction". MarketWatch. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2019. 
  3. Reisch, M.S. (19 November 2015). "The Making Of MilliporeSigma". Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved 16 September 2019. 
  4. "Brightlab". Merck KGaA. Archived from the original on 26 July 2023. Retrieved 12 December 2023. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "BrightLab". Merck KGaA. Archived from the original on 28 June 2019. Retrieved 12 December 2023. 
  6. "BrightLab Instrument Connect". Merck KGaA. Archived from the original on 28 September 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2023. 
  7. "Lenexo Inventory Manager". Merck KGaA. Retrieved 12 December 2023.