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    Bayer: high hopes

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

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    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...

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  1. Special Report: Doing Business in Lyon 2013

    Urban renewal is at the heart of ambitions to rise up the rankings in the economic pre...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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)....

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. May 28, 2013

    India: Nation’s stance on IP raises pharma fears

    Throughout the 1990s, India was the bête noire of western pharmaceutical companies. It was a country that did not recognise...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. April 2, 2013

    Novartis in India: generic solutions

    India’s Supreme Court judges clearly enjoyed hearing the Novartis patent case. In their ruling denying a patent for the...

  26. March 10, 2013

    Health and biotech: Pharmaceutical hub builds on groundbreaking heritage

    About 15km west of Lyon’s centre, in the small town of Marcy l’Étoile, is one of the most emblematic sites for the region’s...

  27. February 19, 2013

    Danone at the fore of Eurofirst rally

    Danone led the advance on Tuesday as European equity markets climbed strongly after three sessions of losses. The French...

  28. February 10, 2013

    CEO pay relies on ‘self-serving myth’

    The notion that chief executives are part of a globally mobile talent pool that justifies high pay is a “self-serving myth”,...

  29. January 29, 2013

    Philips rallies after strong earnings

    Better than expected fourth-quarter profits at Philips sent its shares rallying to nearly a two-year high. Europe’s largest...

  30. January 23, 2013

    Vasella to step down as Novartis chairman

    Shares jumped sharply at Novartis on anticipation of a shift in strategy at the Swiss healthcare group, following the abrupt...

  31. December 17, 2012

    Boehringer-Ingelheim’s hangover cure

    Agency: Havas WorldwideTerritory: GermanyRating: 4/5 More than a century after aspirin was synthesised, doctors are still...

  32. December 17, 2012

    US shale gas sparks a chemical revolution

    The international chemicals industry is undergoing its most profound upheaval for 75 years, according to Kevin Swift of the...

  33. December 14, 2012

    US sees $90bn boost from shale gas boom

    Manufacturers have announced more than $90bn worth of investments in the US to take advantage of its cheap natural gas,...

  34. December 14, 2012

    Bausch & Lomb – profit focus

    The potential profits are enough to make your eyes water. Private equity firm Warburg Pincus reportedly hopes to sell Bausch...

  35. December 12, 2012

    Bausch & Lomb put up for sale at $10bn

    Warburg Pincus has kicked off the planned sale of US contact-lenses maker Bausch & Lomb with a price tag of more than $10bn,...

  36. December 10, 2012

    Sanofi – pick-me-up

    Being average can feel much better than average, if you start from below average. Consider Sanofi. The market reckons the...

  37. December 6, 2012

    Contrasting fortunes for Germany and Italy

    German stocks hit a near five-year closing high on Thursday, while Italian stocks fell amid domestic political tensions, in...

  38. December 6, 2012

    Frankfurt stocks near 4-year high

    German stocks were edging up towards multiyear highs on Thursday, while Italian stocks fell sharply amid domestic political...

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