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  • Bayer AG is a German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863

Bayer facts

  • It is headquartered in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, where its illuminated sign is a landmark
  • Bayer's primary areas of business include human and veterinary pharmaceuticals; consumer healthcare products; agricultural chemicals and biotechnology products; and high value polymers
  • The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index
  • Bayer's first and best known product was aspirin; there is a dispute about what scientist at Bayer made the most important contributions to it, Arthur Eichengrün or Felix Hoffmann
  • Bayer trademarked the name "heroin" for the drug diacetylmorphine and marketed it as a cough suppressant and (erroneously) non-addictive substitute for morphine from 1898 to 1910
  • Bayer also introduced phenobarbital, prontosil, the first widely used antibiotic and the subject of the 1939 Nobel Prize in Medicine, the antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin), and Yaz (drospirenone) birth control pills
  • In 2014 Bayer bought Merck's consumer business, with brands such as Claritin, Coppertone and Dr
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  • Its BayerCropscience business develops genetically modified crops and pesticides
  • Its materials science division makes polymers like polyurethanes and polycarbonate

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