Research at Bayer

Innovation is a cornerstone of our purpose “Science for a better life” and a core element of our strategy. We define innovations as new solutions that generate added value for our customers and society. Our activities focus on innovative products based on our strong research and development competencies. They are accompanied by process, service and business model innovation.


The success of our company is based on excellence in research and development (R&D). The know-how and skills of our employees are our most valuable resource in this endeavor. We develop new molecules and technologies in the research-intensive fields of medicine and modern agriculture and invest continuously in research and development projects. We maintain a global network of research and development locations, where about 16,000 scientists are employed. The focus of the research projects is determined by the R&D strategies of our divisions which tackle the overarching subjects of Health and Agriculture segments. In 2019 a total of €5.342 billion was spent on research and development. This was equivalent to 12.3 percent of sales.


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