As a Life Science company, one of our main business priorities is the healthcare sector. We develop innovative products and solutions that improve people's quality of life through disease prevention and therapy and also make a contribution to society
In the area of prescription drug products, our work is primarily concentrated on cardiology and women’s healthcare, and on specialty therapeutics in the areas of oncology, hematology and ophthalmology. In the area of mainly non-prescription medicines, we market products in segments including dermatology, pain relief, gastrointestinal disorders, allergy, cough and cold and cardiovascular prevention.
Every year, we invest significant amounts in the research and development of new pharmaceuticals and therapies. We want people to be able to share in medical progress, regardless of their income or where they live. For details of our research and development programs, please read the integrated annual report 2016.
We also collaborate with various partners around the world in programs and initiatives. Our hormonal contraceptives, for example, are made available worldwide by family planning programs. We donate two of our active ingredients free of charge to the World Health Organization to assist in the fight against African sleeping sickness and Chagas disease, a widespread disease in Latin America. We are also further developing one of these active ingredients specifically for pediatric treatment and, in a product development partnership with the DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative), are investigating whether an active substance used by Bayer Animal Health could also be effective against river blindness in humans.
Prevention of Zika, Malaria, Dengue and Similar Diseases
While dengue fever can affect all population groups and receives widespread attention, other tropical diseases plague the poorest of the poor in our world.
Our main focus in this regard is on product development and partnership projects. Furthermore, we provide training and educational initiatives aimed at achieving optimum outcomes for public health and the environment that are as sustainable as possible: