MilliporeSigma makes in-kind donation of chemicals and laboratory supplies

The chemistry department recently received six pallets of donated chemicals and laboratory supplies from MilliporeSigma, the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Initiated by MilliporeSigma’s Paul Griffin and administered by MilliporeSigma’s Annie Mayrose. Chemistry and biochemistry faculty and students were able to select items from a donation list offered by MilliporeSigma. We are profoundly grateful to our friends at MilliporeSigma, who also sponsored two fellowships for M.S. Rahish Roni and Tania Mutchie during summer 2020. Several visits to the Milwaukee and Sheboygan MilliporeSigma locations have resulted in new hires of former UWM chemistry students.

Department manager Kevin Blackburn and Prof. Arnold unpacking the shipment from Millipore Sigma.






The donated items will also support our undergraduate chemistry courses in the coming semesters. Usually the department is responsible to provide reagents and laboratory supplies, thus this donation will reduce some of this burden. Students and faculty helped to distribute the donated items to each lab wearing personal protective equipment and keeping a safe distance of 6 feet. Very limited research efforts have resumed in the Chemistry Department, including those related to COVID-19. Very strict public health rules are in place to minimize the possibility of transfection. Our graduate students are showing exemplary behavior in the continuation of their research.

About the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

The Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has some 22,000 employees and 59 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products focused on scientific discovery, biomanufacturing and testing services.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany completed its $17 billion acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich in November 2015, creating a leader in the $125 billion global life science industry.

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 57,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From advancing gene-editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany generated sales of €16.2 billion in 66 countries.

The company holds the global rights to the name and trademark “Merck” internationally. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the business sectors of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany operate as EMD Serono in healthcare, MilliporeSigma in life science, and EMD Performance Materials. Since its founding 1668, scientific exploration and responsible entrepreneurship have been key to the company’s technological and scientific advances. To this day, the founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed company. For more information about Merck, KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, visit