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    1. January 25, 2016

      ChemChina closes in on another prize purchase

      Once Ren Jianxin has an acquisition target in his sights, he does not let go of it easily. Months after the head of...

    2. December 15, 2015

      Sanofi/Boehringer: swap shop

      Swapping assets was a form of human trade since long before bankers and their fees arrived on the scene. In...

    3. December 15, 2015

      Sanofi seeks to expand in consumer health with €18bn asset swap

      Sanofi has entered exclusive talks with Boehringer Ingelheim over an €18bn asset exchange that would see the French...

    4. December 9, 2015

      Dow and DuPont aim to pre-empt activists with megadeal

      A problem shared is a problem halved. That adage might serve as a mission statement for the $120bn merger now being...

    5. November 26, 2015

      Build trust before a big transformation

      How should a board approach the task of changing strategy? First, to adapt the old joke about psychotherapists and...

    6. November 13, 2015

      Animal health: double or quits

      Sea lice. Fowl pox. Swine fever. Foot-and-mouth. Animal diseases often take prosaic names. This does not make them...

    7. October 18, 2015

      Bayer open to deals to bolster crop science division

      Bayer says it is interested in acquisitions and partnerships in crop science after the partial disposal of its plastics...

    8. October 18, 2015

      Marijn Dekkers, Bayer CEO: From GE to Germany

      As consolation prizes go, the career of Marijn Dekkers has been a good one. His teenage ambition was to make a living...

    9. October 6, 2015

      Covestro gains on first day of Frankfurt trading

      Shares in Covestro, the plastics division of German drugmaker Bayer, gained as much as 12.5 per cent on the first day...

    10. October 1, 2015

      Bayer cuts price range for Covestro IPO

      German drugmaker Bayer has slashed the price range for its initial public offering of shares in plastics division...

    11. September 23, 2015

      Covestro: nice and nicer

      Bayer likes to take its time. Its shift from commodity chemicals to life sciences has been under way since around 2001....

    12. September 21, 2015

      Chief optimistic over Covestro IPO

      The chief executive of Bayer’s plastics unit Covestro defended plans for an initial public offering, despite volatile...

    13. September 16, 2015

      Bayer transforms to pure life sciences leader with winning ways

      What do chemicals used in foam mattresses and plastics used in roadside noise barriers have in common with eye medicine...

    14. September 15, 2015

      Philips to spin off lighting arm and step up medical tech drive

      From the earliest lightbulbs and transistor radios to the first flatscreen televisions, Philips was Europe’s...

    15. September 4, 2015

      Bayer to list Covestro in fourth quarter

      Bayer has shrugged off volatility in the stock markets and gave the go-ahead for the multibillion-euro flotation of its...

    16. September 3, 2015

      Syngenta plans $2bn share buyback

      Syngenta is seeking to regain investor support after US rival Monsanto abandoned a $46bn takeover bid, with a plan to...

    17. August 28, 2015

      Third time unlucky for Monsanto’s Hugh Grant

      The adage “third time lucky” just did not ring true for Hugh Grant. The chief executive of Monsanto, the world’s...

    18. July 1, 2015

      Pharma groups eye healthy returns from animal drugs market

      A treatment for dogs with itchy skin has turned out to be something of a tonic for investors. Apoquel launched last...

    19. June 10, 2015

      Bayer sells diabetes unit to Panasonic Healthcare for €1.02bn

      KKR-backed Panasonic Healthcare has agreed to buy the diabetes business of Germany’s Bayer for €1.02bn. The deal will...

    20. May 4, 2015

      Top European companies boost number of women in leadership roles

      Twenty-two of Europe’s largest multinationals have increased the proportion of women in leadership positions faster...

    21. April 30, 2015

      Weak euro lifts European drugmakers

      Sanofi and Bayer reported strong first-quarter results and raised guidance for the full year on Thursday, as drugmakers...

    22. April 26, 2015

      No end in sight to wave of pharma dealmaking

      Since the start of last year, pharmaceuticals companies have agreed $462bn of mergers and acquisitions — greater than...

    23. April 22, 2015

      Studies strengthen insecticide link to bee population decline

      Two studies have added powerful scientific evidence to the view that agricultural pesticides are contributing to a...

    24. April 5, 2015

      UK reprieve for three cancer drugs

      Three cancer drugs that were supposed to be removed from the National Health Service on cost grounds have been granted...

    25. February 26, 2015

      Bond issuers increasingly turn to hybrids

      The heavily oversubscribed sale of a €5bn hybrid bond by Total , the French oil group — the largest such issue on a...

    26. February 20, 2015

      Five big challenges facing Sanofi’s new chief Olivier Brandicourt

      Sanofi’s four-month search for a new chief executive came to an end on Thursday night when it was announced that...

    27. February 19, 2015

      Sanofi appoints Brandicourt as CEO

      Sanofi has named Olivier Brandicourt of Bayer as its new chief executive, ending a four-month search to replace Chris...

    28. February 4, 2015

      Ackman’s Pershing Square secures seat on Zoetis board

      Bill Ackman, the billionaire hedge fund activist, has parachuted one of his representatives on to the board of Zoetis,...

    29. December 12, 2014

      Bayer loses bid to block cheap version of cancer drug in India

      Bayer has lost its bid to block a cheap version of the German company’s Nexavar cancer drug from the Indian market in a...

    30. December 8, 2014

      Mizuho Financial Group focuses on lending beyond Japan blue-chips

      The president of Mizuho Financial Group has vowed to do more lending outside Japan, anticipating higher margins and...

    31. November 28, 2014

      How to invest in petcare

      Keeping animals can be a notoriously expensive whim. Beyond the regular costs of feeding a pet are the unexpected...

    32. November 24, 2014

      Bayer to use IPO funds to cut debt and buy consumer drugs

      Bayer will use the billions it expects to raise from the initial public offering of its plastic business to pay down...

    33. November 11, 2014

      Ackman-led team takes 10% stake in Zoetis

      The activist investor Bill Ackman is leading a $2.2bn raid on Zoetis, the animal vaccines and medications business spun...

    34. October 30, 2014

      Bayer raises guidance as new drugs drive sales

      Bayer’s shift towards life sciences including the acquisition of Merck’s consumer health business has led the German...

    35. October 16, 2014

      Pharma giants face developing market ambitions

      As the pharmaceuticals industry careered towards the edge of its notorious patent cliff over the past decade, there was...

    36. October 13, 2014

      FT-BC Index: Treasures and grumbles

      It is interesting to see what puts companies right at the top of the index, but also to highlight hidden nuggets...

    37. September 19, 2014

      Letter from Lex: ending a relationship

      It has been a week for thinking about break-ups, and not just in Scotland. Over on the west coast of the US there has...

    38. September 18, 2014

      Bayer: some of the parts

      Break it up, spin it, flog it, float it. Demergers are popular, partly because they are easily done – on paper. Every...

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