Bayer Faces Up to Societal Needs


The challenges facing society have not changed. They have only grown. The aging and expanding world population requires new and better medicines, as well as a much larger and more reliable food supply.

Almost one in three people dies from cardiovascular disease
Feeding the growing global population
Older people want to remain healthy and active
The amount of available farmland per capita is shrinking

Our Contribution to a Better Life

Bayer’s business portfolio now focuses exclusively on the Life Sciences and on addressing those challenges: from Pharmaceuticals to Consumer Health to Animal Health and Crop Science, from physicians to veterinarians to farmers and to consumers. None of our peers is in a similar position.

Our researchers never give up, although the challenges confronting them are changing all the time. When it comes to the major issues of our times, with science we have the power to change the world for the better.

Five stories explain how Bayer scientists, with their innovations, are improving the lives of people around the globe.

For the Heart 

Cardiologist Dr. Anne-Katrin Schätzle examines her patient Axel Vogel at the Cardiology Center of Cologne University Hospital.

Cardiovascular diseases are among the world’s main health problems and one of the most common causes of death. According to World Health Organization statistics, almost one in three people dies from some form of respiratory illness or cardiovascular disease including myocardial infarction and stroke. Many of these diseases and their often life-threatening consequences could be avoided by effective prevention.

And yet the number of people affected is increasing worldwide. This is due in part to an unhealthy lifestyle characterized by a high-fat diet and a lack of exercise, which favors risk factors such as obesity, high blood lipid levels, hypertension and diabetes.

We offer various cardiovascular products for the effective treatment of patients and are researching new and targeted therapies. Read the story

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Fit in Old Age 

There are plenty of options available to those who want to stay fit well into old age, like U.S. retiree Henry Cohen.

People’s life expectancy is growing. By the year 2050, the number of people over 60 years of age will have doubled to two billion. As a result, age-related disorders will become a growing challenge for society. Alongside cardiovascular diseases, the incidence of disorders such as cancer, eye ailments and arthritis is increasing.

Our prescription medicines and non-prescription products can help older people to live an active life for longer. And we provide them with products and information enabling them to maintain their own health to the best possible extent. Read the story

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Defying the Weather 

Rice growing in northern Vietnam: farmers Do Thi Tuyen (at the front of the boat) and Doan Thi Gai on the Halong Bay in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam.

Feeding the growing global population is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. By the year 2050, our planet will be home to more than nine billion people. However, the amount of available agricultural land is declining due to increasing urbanization, higher salinity levels and soil erosion. In addition, extreme weather conditions like drought and flooding are impacting harvest quantity and quality.

To ensure an adequate and safe food supply for the growing global population, agricultural productivity needs to increase by 60 percent. This requires innovative seed and modern crop protection products. Read the story

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Shrinking Farmland  

Farmer Jiande Lv from Yunnan, China, grows grapes and corn on his small plots of land.

Farmer Jiande Lv from Yunnan, China, grows grapes and corn on his small plots of land.

While the population is growing, the amount of available farmland per capita is shrinking. In 1950, the figure was 5,100 m2 per person, but by 2050 we will have to make do with 2,000 m2 each.

The research teams and agricultural experts of Bayer are addressing this global challenge on a daily basis in their laboratories and in the field. The scientists use conventional and new high-tech breeding techniques to develop robust plants that deliver excellent quality and high yields even under difficult conditions.

Bayer sees itself an all-round partner for sustainable agriculture. The company therefore not only develops innovative seed and plant protection technologies, but also trains farmers how to use them in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Read the story

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Living with Dengue 

Rodolfo Siqueira Rodrigues from Ubatuba, Brazil, loves water sports. The warehouse technician has already had dengue fever twice.

More than one billion people are suffering from tropical diseases, mainly in low- to middle-income economies in Africa and Latin America.

Malaria, river blindness, African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and dengue fever – if left untreated, most of these diseases are fatal or cause lifelong chronic disability. They are spread by pathogen-carrying insects or by contaminated water in which larvae breed.

We are working with governments, NGOs, foundations, organizations and other companies to stem or eliminate ten tropical diseases by the year 2020. Help comes from our medicines and also from our insecticides, which are used to control the carriers of diseases. Read the story

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Last updated: May 1, 2016 Copyright © Bayer AG