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2 April 2013

Coldwater Aquaculture Laboratory Renamed Merck Animal Health Innovation AS

MSD Animal Health Reinforces Its Commitment to Aquaculture Health 

BOXMEER, The Netherlands, April 2, 2013 — MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in USA and Canada) recently announced that Coldwater Aquaculture Laboratory of Bergen, Norway, a pioneering research and development laboratory that has significantly contributed to the rapid growth of cold water aquaculture for more than a decade, will now be known as MSD Animal Health Innovation AS.

Previously known as Intervet Norbio Bergen AS, the laboratory was acquired along with Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health in 2009 and it is the primary research and vaccine development facility for coldwater aquaculture within MSD Animal Health.

The laboratory has a long history of contributions to the aquaculture industry, most notably the innovative NORVAX® line of vaccines that include NORVAX® Minova 6 and NORVAX® Compact PD.

“We are pleased to bring Coldwater Aquaculture Laboratory into the overall structure of MSD Animal Health. Both organizations have enjoyed a long history of innovation, as well as a proven track record for developing science-based health solutions for animal production,” said Luc Grisez, Ph.D., head of aquaculture research and development for MSD Animal Health.

“One of the major strengths of MSD Animal Health is its existing knowledge of health issues and solutions for many animal species. By combining our passion, expertise, resources and vision with Coldwater Aquaculture Laboratories, we extend our global leadership position in advancing animal health and safety.”

For more information about MSD Animal Health and its commitment to aquaculture, go to http://aqua.merck-animal-health.com or contact your local MSD Animal Health representative.

About MSD Animal Health
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. MSD Animal Health, known as Merck Animal Health in the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. MSD Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. MSD Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. MSD Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com.

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