Merck Animal Health Partners with WeForest to Promote a Healthy Planet

Environmentally Friendly SPHEREON Technology Provides Opportunity
for Veterinarians to Give Back

MADISON, NJ, October 10, 2016 – Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the US and Canada) today announced, as part of its commitment to a healthier planet, a new partnership with WeForest, an international nonprofit association engaged in large-scale sustainable reforestation. Through the partnership, Merck Animal Health will plant more than 8,000 trees this year in areas where they are most needed.

“We are proud to participate in WeForest’s mission to restore the planet’s natural resources by planting trees,” said Taylor Barbosa, Director, Global Poultry Marketing, Merck Animal Health. “Through this partnership and the use of novel technologies such as our SPHEREON®, Merck Animal Health is committed to helping to reduce the impact on the environment.”

SPHEREON is a novel vaccine formulation technology for the storage and preparation of live poultry vaccines. SPHEREON technology freeze-dries live vaccines to small, highly soluble particles (spheres) that dissolve quickly and completely in water, with no residue. SPHEREON allows for improved preparation and administration of the vaccine, as well as packaging in light-weight, 100 percent recyclable aluminum cups. The NOBILIS line of poultry vaccines were the first vaccines developed using SPHEREON technology.

“Merck Animal Health is committed to respecting our resources and our SPHEREON technology naturally fits this initiative,” said Barbosa. “With the help of poultry veterinarians and producers that use these products, we will continue to partner with WeForest in the years to come, planting even more trees.”

About Merck Animal Health
For 125 years, Merck has been a global health care leader working to help the world be well. 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 or connect with us on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter at @MerckAH.

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