Biopharma company MSD Vietnam, known as Merck & Co. in the US and Canada, inaugurated its new office in Hanoi on July 7.
The new office, located at the Capital Place building in Hanoi's Ba Dinh district, has a modern design that accommodates open workspaces in the first LEED-certified building in the capital city, which meets the standards of reducing electricity use and protecting the environment.
MSD has been implementing a hybrid work-from-home model for more than two years, which brings many benefits in terms of physical and mental health, helping to increase work efficiency for employees. The MSD office in Ho Chi Minh City is also being upgraded in this direction, and is expected to be inaugurated by the end of 2023.
Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Health Minister Do Xuan Tuyen said, “Over past years, the Ministry of Health and the government have recognised the contributions of MSD to the mission of improving the health of Vietnamese people. We hope the company continues to grow firmly, and implements more partnerships and investment in the pharmaceutical industry in line with the direction and strategy of the government.”
MSD has committed to striving relentlessly to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of people through public-private initiatives and support to address critical unmet healthcare needs. The prominent cooperation schemes that bring long-term impact and tangible benefits include the MSD for Mothers programme to improve maternal health, the Anti-Microbial Stewardship programme to address antibiotic resistance, the Patient Access Programme launched in 2018, which aims to improve eligible cancer patient access to innovative cancer treatments, and educational programmes to raise awareness and prevent HPV-related diseases.
David Peacock, president of MSD Asia-Pacific said, “Vietnam is among the critical markets for MSD in the region. We continue to invest in strengthening capacity to meet the growing needs of the Vietnamese people, building a working environment that attracts local talent, and partnering with key stakeholders to solve healthcare challenges."
Speaking at the ceremony, Marc Knapper, the United States Ambassador to Vietnam added, “This year represents an important opportunity for the United States and Vietnam as we celebrate 10 years of our Comprehensive Partnership. MSD stands front and centre in strengthening our bilateral relationship in the areas of healthcare, innovations, and technology. The new office opening stands as a testament to MSD’s steadfast commitment to helping Vietnam fully integrate into the global economy.”
This month, MSD will also inaugurate a newly expanded warehouse in Cat Lai Industrial Zone of Thu Duc in Ho Chi Minh City, with four times the capacity compared to the current warehouse. The new warehouse will significantly increase the storage capacity of vaccines and drugs to respond in a timely manner and meet the increasing healthcare needs of Vietnamese people.
MSD managing director Jennifer Cox said, "The continued investment after nearly 30 years of MSD’s presence in Vietnam confirms our long-term commitment. The grand opening of the new office in Hanoi and the expansion of the storage warehouse are key milestones in realising our aspiration to become the most trusted and admired healthcare partner in Vietnam."
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