History and Philosophy of Bayer Pharmaceutical Research

  • W.-D. Busse
Conference paper
Part of the Bayer AG Centenary Symposium book series (BAYER)

Abstract

Research has a long tradition at Bayer. This year, 1988, marks 100 years of our pharmaceutical activities. In 1888 the first Bayer drug - phenacetin, an antipyretic -was synthesized, starting from a by-product of dye manufacture. This finding led to the establishment of a Pharmaceutical Department within Friedrich Bayer and Co. in Elberfeld, with all its associated facilities (Figs. 1,2). The beginning of the company itself, however, dates back to 1863. In that year, Friedrich Bayer started the production of aniline dyestuffs in his private house in Barmen-Rittershausen. During the 125 years of the company’s life and the 100 years of pharmaceuticals, many developments and products have been discovered by Bayer researchers and launched by Bayer. But we need consider only the landmarks of these pharmaceutical achievements to illus­trate how man’s research works for men.

Keywords

Nifedipine Azole Isoniazid Schistosomiasis Nimodipine 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • W.-D. Busse
    • 1
  1. 1.Fachbereich Forschung PharmaBayer AGWuppertalGermany

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