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6 December 2017

Merck Animal Health Expands Vaccine Portfolio and Manufacturing Capabilities with Acquisition of Prondil S.A.

MADISON, N.J., December 6– Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada) today announced it has acquired Prondil S.A., a privately-held company specializing in development and manufacturing of animal health vaccines for livestock.  Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Prondil, located in Montevideo, Uruguay, is an internationally-recognized supplier of quality antigens and vaccines for veterinary use. The company’s wide range of products are sold in over 20 countries.

“At Merck Animal Health we continue to execute upon our strategy to expand our vaccine leadership and add more breadth to our portfolio,” said Rick DeLuca, President, Merck Animal Health. “This acquisition of Prondil provides expertise and biologics manufacturing capacity as well as a complementary portfolio of specialized livestock vaccines.”

Vaccines play an important role in protecting animal and public health. Timely and effective vaccination reduces the incidence and severity of disease, enabling efficient production of food animals.

About Merck Animal Health
For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Through its commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals™, Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck 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. Merck 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 or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.

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