Merck Canada has donated lab equipment and supplies valued at approximately $250,000 to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. In the fall of 2010, Merck Canada closed the doors of its research facility in Kirkland, Quebec. Although the laboratory was well known for the excellence of its research and the productivity of its scientists, the merger of Merck and Schering-Plough in 2009 prompted a review of all research and manufacturing facilities of the company across the world.
In designing the new network, Merck saw a creative opportunity to help UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences. Some of the equipment will be put into immediate use, and a portion of it will be stored for use in the expanded number of laboratories in the new Pharmaceutical Sciences building.