In 2022, MSD became supporters of our Smashing Stereotypes campaign (part of British Science Week), which aims to change the way we think about science and scientists. Quite often, the word ‘scientist’ is associated with the ‘crazy-haired man in a lab coat’. These stereotypes create barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from wanting to get involved in the exciting world of science. The campaign showcases a science landscape with a diverse range of careers and individuals, where science and innovation are based on collaboration. 

Following the success of our 2022 collaboration, MSD have expanded their partnership with the British Science Association (BSA) to become Headline Partners of the Smashing Stereotypes campaign for 2023. Like the BSA, MSD believes that diversity fuels innovation, and they have been embracing the diversity of their people to discover and develop medicines to save and improve lives around the world for over 130 years.   

MSD aspires to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world – and today, are at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions that advance the prevention and treatment of diseases in people and animals.  

Through supporting initiatives such as Smashing Stereotypes, MSD can demonstrate their commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive global workforce and operate responsibly every day to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for all people and communities.