ROCKLAND, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- EMD Serono, Inc., an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today that Science magazine has named it one of the world's leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical employers. EMD Serono's ranking improved to No. 6 this year, up from No. 7 in 2008 and No. 17 in 2007.
"This is a great honor because the survey by Science sought opinions from people within the scientific community, people who actually know the biotech and pharmaceutical industries very well," said Dr. Bernhard Kirschbaum, Executive Vice President, Research & Development, Merck Serono, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. "This is a compliment to the dedication, skills and hard work of our employees. It's also a statement to the rest of the scientific community that EMD Serono is an employer that offers a great working environment, the chance for professional development and an opportunity to help mankind."
Science's 2009 Top Employers Survey queried 2,334 people. Participants came from North America (73%), Europe (15%) and the Pacific Rim (8%). Respondents were asked to write in the names of companies they considered best, average and worst employers. They then rated these companies on 23 different attributes.
Attribute categories included Corporate Image, Financial Prowess, Leadership and Direction, Work Culture/Environment, Location, and Academic and Intellectual Challenge.
EMD Serono won special recognition for having loyal employees, being socially responsible and doing important, quality research.
EMD Serono appears on the list as Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, of which it is an affiliate.
Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) commissioned Cell Associated and The Brighton Consulting Group to conduct the survey to determine which employers in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries had the
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