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  1. July 28, 2014

    Drugmakers juggle non-core assets

    Reckitt Benckiser’s planned spin-off of its pharmaceuticals division adds to a dizzying range of deals in the...

  2. July 28, 2014

    GSK and Reckitt: pharming out

    Well done Reckitt Benckiser and GlaxoSmithKline. But what took you so long? Both have recognised that pharmaceuticals and...

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  1. July 10, 2014

    Corporate bond sales hit five-year highs

    Global companies have turned to international debt markets in the first half of 2014 to meet their funding needs, seizing on...

  2. July 6, 2014

    Drugmakers warn on South Korea pricing policy

    International pharmaceutical companies have warned Seoul that they are holding back new medicines from the country’s market,...

  3. June 24, 2014

    Corporate videos put employees in the frame

    Many people use YouTube and Facebook to achieve “15 minutes of fame” in their personal lives by making videos about their...

  4. June 8, 2014

    Japanese drugmakers sit out global M&A party

    Japanese drugmakers have been conspicuous by their absence from the dealmaking bonanza sweeping the sector across Europe and...

  5. May 9, 2014

    Week in Review, May 10

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Paris keeps pressure on Alstom over...

  6. May 9, 2014

    Letter from Lex: dealing in governance

    Readers, It’s not just tech stocks any more. Shown any sign of weakness and sellers will come after any would-be growth...

  7. May 7, 2014

    Lanxess to raise 10% more capital

    Lanxess is set to issue new shares equivalent to 10 per cent of its equity capital as new chief executive Matthias Zachert...

  8. FT Alphaville

    May 6, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Billionaire hedgies made money the old-fasioned way. - A thousand cuts and the last mile problem....

  9. May 6, 2014

    Bayer / Merck: the right price?

    This looks expensive. Any deal done at 21 times historic earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation...

  10. May 6, 2014

    Bayer acquires Merck’s consumer healthcare business for $14.2bn

    Germany’s Bayer has agreed to buy Merck’s consumer healthcare business for $14.2bn, acquiring brands including Coppertone...

  11. May 1, 2014

    Reckitt Benckiser no longer in talks to buy Merck unit

    Reckitt Benckiser is no longer in talks to buy Merck’s consumer healthcare division, paving the way for a rival to land the...

  12. April 28, 2014

    Bayer expected to focus on life sciences

    A rebound in German conglomerate Bayer’s plastics business has fuelled speculation that the division could be sold as part...

  13. April 28, 2014

    Reckitt and Bayer circle Merck auction of consumer healthcare

    Merck of the US is in the final stages of selling its consumer healthcare unit for close to $14bn, with Reckitt Benckiser...

  14. March 12, 2014

    Bayer: high hopes

    The 2014 targets from Bayer: 5 per cent sales growth; growth in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation...

  15. January 26, 2014

    Lanxess chief Heitmann to quit as profits fall

    Lanxess chief executive Axel Heitmann is to stand down after the speciality chemical company’s profits were hit by growing...

  16. December 26, 2013

    Drug groups pin hopes on Iran market potential

    When Pfizer sold a small batch of medicines to Iran last year, the process was painful. The pharmaceutical group needed...

  17. December 19, 2013

    Bayer set to buy Norwegian cancer drugmaker Algeta

    Bayer is set to acquire the Norwegian cancer drug company Algeta after raising its initial cash bid to NKr17.6bn ($2.9bn)....

  18. December 8, 2013

    Change without sour grapes

    When Jörg Reinhardt rejoined Novartis in August to take up his new role as chairman of the Swiss pharmaceutical group, he...

  19. November 26, 2013

    Bayer / Algeta: the piper pays

    In German, a $2.4bn takeover offer means: “We intend to buy you. Please sign here.” In Norwegian, it means: “Let’s talk...

  20. November 26, 2013

    Bayer offers $2.4bn for cancer drug partner Algeta

    Bayer of Germany has launched a bid to take control of Algeta in a deal valuing the Norwegian maker of injectable...

  21. October 22, 2013

    Chemicals: Science views waste in role as raw material of the future

    It sounds like the perfect solution. Bayer, a venerable German chemicals company, has developed a process for using carbon...

  22. September 29, 2013

    Academia should heed industry’s scientific plea

    This year in Washington business school educators and administrators assembled at the National Academy of Sciences to meet...

  23. September 18, 2013

    Lanxess to cut 1,000 jobs amid downturn in motor industry

    Lanxess, the German speciality chemicals company, is set to cut 1,000 jobs by the end of 2015 and reduce management bonuses...

  24. September 13, 2013

    Bayer under investigation in China

    Bayer is being investigated in China over a “potential case of unfair competition”, as foreign pharmaceutical companies...

  25. August 1, 2013

    Inside Business: Handicaps of sector and name fail to check Lanxess

    The ugly duckling of Leverkusen turned this week into the swan of Cologne. Lanxess, a German speciality chemicals company...

  26. June 30, 2013

    The Week Ahead: July 1 – July 7

    • Companies week ahead • Economic Outlook: Manufacturing, exports and labour data give window on the world • See a full...

  27. May 22, 2013

    US doctors paid $1bn by top drug companies

    A dozen leading drug companies paid US doctors a total of more than $1bn last year, according to fresh data revealing the...

  28. May 17, 2013

    Dow to fight $1.2bn in price-fixing damages

    Dow Chemical plans to fight a $1.2bn damages award for price-fixing using a recent antitrust ruling in the Supreme Court, it...

  29. May 15, 2013

    India: Patents and precedents

    Meena, a 45-year-old New Delhi widow with a 10-year-old son, was diagnosed with potentially fatal blood cancer in 2010. To...

  30. May 12, 2013

    Interview: Nigerian entrepreneur Charles Anudu

    Charles Anudu knew by the age of 15 that he wanted to be an entrepreneur, but it would be a decade and half before he...

  31. May 10, 2013

    Actavis in talks to buy Warner Chilcott

    Actavis, the generic drugmaker, is in early discussions to buy Warner Chilcott, a pharmaceuticals company valued at more...

  32. May 8, 2013

    German companies weigh in against Tobin tax

    German companies have joined opposition to the introduction of a tax on financial transactions in Europe, warning of severe...

  33. April 29, 2013

    Deutsche Bank shares climb before share issue plan

    Deutsche Bank announced plans to raise as much as €2.8bn through a capital increase after the market closed on Monday. The...

  34. April 29, 2013

    Bayer to buy Conceptus in $1bn deal

    Bayer of Germany is to expand its contraception division with the $1.1bn acquisition of Conceptus, a US producer of...

  35. April 29, 2013

    EU to ban ‘bee-harming’ pesticides

    The EU is to ban temporarily three widely used pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee numbers, in what is believed to be...

  36. April 24, 2013

    Brazil’s CTC acquires taste for GM sugar

    For many, the village of Monte Alegre in the heart of Brazil’s southern sugar-growing region offers a quintessential image...

  37. April 15, 2013

    Healthcare bucks sell-off in Europe

    Heathcare was the most sought after sector on Monday amid a wider sell-off on global growth concerns that led to European...

  38. April 5, 2013

    MPs call for pesticide ban to protect bees

    Pesticides blamed for a sharp fall in bee populations around the world should be temporarily banned in the UK from the end...

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