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 BrightLab
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]

Technology and products


BrightLab is 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." [4] BrightLab combines electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) functionality with integrated modules for inventory and request management, Sigma-Aldrich ordering, and instrument scheduling.[4]

In addition, BrightLab allows users the option to connect their instrument data to their ELN in order to "automate the capturing, tagging, storing, parsing, and analyzing of data." [5] The software is hosted in the cloud as a software as a service (SaaS) distribution model.


Product: BrightLab
Experiment, collaboration,
and data management
Chemical and/or mathematical drawing and calculation?
Chemical and/or spectrum file support?
Task and event scheduling?Y[5]
Option for manual result entry?
Multiple data viewing methods?
Data and trend analysis?
Data and equipment sharing?Y[6]
Customizable fields and/or interface?
Configurable templates and forms?Y[6]
Query capability?Y[6]
Import data?Y[7]
Internal file or data linking?
External file or data linking?
Export data to MS Excel?
Raw data management?Y[5]
Data warehouse?Y[5]
Project and/or task management?Y[6]
Inventory management?Y[4]
Document creation and/or management?Y[6]
Lab and/or group management?
Experiment management?Y[4]
Workflow management?Y[5]
Customer and supplier management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?Y[4]
QA / QC functions?
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?Y[6]
Chain of custody?
Configurable roles and security?Y[6]
Data normalization?
Data validation?
Data encryption?Y[4]
Electronic signatures?Y[4]
Version control?
Automatic data backup?Y[4]
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?Y[5]
Report printing?Y[5]
Label support?Y[7]
Barcode support?Y[7]
Export to PDF?
Export to MS Word?
Export to HTML and/or XML?
Email integration?
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[4]
Instrument interfacing and management?Y[4]
Mobile device integration?Y[7]
Third-party software integration?
Alarms and/or alerts?Y[5]
External monitoring?
Web client or portal?
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?Y[4]
Usage-based cost?
Industries served


BrightLab offers the following modules for free to academic labs[8]:

  • Inventory Management
  • Request Management
  • Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN)
  • Sigma-Aldrich Commerce
  • Instrument Scheduling and Asset Management

For non-academic labs, please contact the vendor for a quote.

Demonstration videos and other media

Additional information