research – The Bayer Scientific Magazine

Research and Innovation Highlights

What are the many scientists at Bayer actually working on? research, the Bayer Scientific Magazine, offers an insight into the company’s work in the Life Sciences, with a wealth of information on topics relating to health care and nutrition for humans and plants. Scientific innovations from the fields of medicine and agriculture are presented concisely and vividly in the magazine and have also been optimized for every device format, thanks to multimedia articles that automatically adjust to the size of your screen. Even complex matters such as issues pertaining to cancer research or integrated crop protection are made accessible by more than 30 infographics which can be downloaded free of charge.

Targeting the Causes of Cancer

Gene mutations: malignant cells cause fatal tumor diseases.

Every tumor is different, which is why Bayer researchers are working on new, personalized forms of treatment which will use small molecules to target the causes of cancer.

Food for the Mind

The brain’s cognitive performance can be boosted with vitamin supplements.

A balanced diet has an effect on both the body and the brain. But a lot of people do not manage to get enough of the right foods in their daily diet and fail to meet the minimum daily requirements for many vital micronutrients. Nutritional supplements can help in such situations.

Medicinal Plants in Health Care

Employees kneeing in the field monitor medicinal plants with digital tools.

Treating illnesses with leaves, flowers and roots: modern phytotherapy originated from the natural therapies practiced for thousands of years. Today, good plant-based medicines are based on exact scientific practices.

Customized Solutions for Tumors

Lerchen and Wolter are working together in the laboratory on making chemotherapies better tolerated.

Dr. Hans-Georg Lerchen and his colleagues in Wuppertal, Berlin and Cologne are developing new drugs to treat cancer, the -second most common cause of mortality in humans. These antibody-drug conjugates could make chemotherapy more -tolerable for patients. 

Optogenetics: Controlling Cells with Light Signals

Dr. Arunas Damijonaitis tests the effects of light signals on cells in the laboratory.

It is many scientists’ new favorite tool: optogenetics, a relatively recent discipline that makes it possible to control cells with light signals. Bayer researchers want to use it to improve substance screening and to discover active substances that might otherwise never have been found.

New Therapeutic Approaches for Hereditary Diseases

Bayer experts are working on ways of treating or even curing hemophilia with gene therapy.

Hemophilia A is a hereditary disease caused by a defect in an extensively studied gene. The disease is therefore particularly well suited for gene therapy, i.e. targeted intervention in the genome of human cells. Bayer experts are working on ways of treating or even curing the disease with gene therapy.

Invasive Plants in the United States

Dr. Spak tests native annual ryegrass with various products.

Invasive plants like cheatgrass, which originated in Europe and Asia, are spreading in the United States. As they grow faster than native species, they are displacing them and suppressing the endemic flora. A Bayer herbicide could help to improve the control of those invasive species while leaving native plants unscathed.

A Researcher Working for the Environment

Dr. Tilghman Hall took full advantage of her time in Germany to indulge her wanderlust.

From Greenpeace to Bayer. What sounds like a paradox was actually a straightforward development in Dr. Tilghman Hall’s life. The American tests the side effects of Bayer products on other plants. 

Tiny Microbes Revolutionizing Farming

Jennifer Riggs

For millions of years, plants and bacteria have coexisted in soil in a symbiosis from which both benefit. Bayer researchers have now optimized bacteria in such a way that they stimulate growth better than ever before.

The Small Hive Beetle

The small hive beetle invades the hives of honey bees and can destroy entire colonies.

The small hive beetle is a species that is endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa but is currently threatening bee colonies in many regions of the world. What’s more, bees living outside its original distribution area are more susceptible to this threat. How can scientists and beekeepers stop this still relatively unknown pest?

Young Heroes of the Laboratory in the UK

Young researchers can experience natural science first hand in the Baylab student labs.

DNA jewelry or self-made lip balm – everyone who conducts experiments at the new Baylab UK takes home a small -souvenir, as well as learning how exciting biology and chemistry can be.

Using Experiments to Boost Language Skills

A trainee teacher conducts experiments with refugee children to boost their language skills.

Since December 2016, trainee teachers from Halle have been visiting classes of refugees in Saxony-Anhalt for lessons in a converted caravan. A specially developed project week on the human body is helping refugee children explore scientific methods while also improving their language skills.

Quick Test for Snake Venom

The green tree python

Using antivenom to treat snakebites is a balancing act: if a patient doesn’t have venom in his blood after all, the side effects of the antivenom can cause severe damage. But if a bite is left untreated for too long, the antivenom may no longer be of any help. 

Baby Scales for Africa

Quahabi and Metheni bring baby scales to rural parts of Africa.

When it comes to patient data, most people think of blood counts, biopsies and analyses. However, particularly in developing countries, it can often be much more important for health professionals to know a child’s weight, for example. 

Protection against a Second Stroke

Using biotechnology methods, Bayer’s researchers are employing genes from bacteria to enhance the properties of crops for farmers.

A team of neurologists from Basel investigated novel anticoagulants and received the Thrombosis Research Award 2017 from the Bayer Science & Education Foundation in recognition of their work.

The Doctor in Your Pocket

An African family

The Bisa Health Application connects patients with doctors – without having to meet in person. Patients receive initial diagnoses and information about diseases directly on their smartphones. 2016 the innovation made it into the final of the Aspirin Social Innovation Award. 

Closing in on Cancer

Cancer research: a tumor.

Treatment of cancer is usually a lengthy process. Even if the patient responds well to a treatment, most medicines nevertheless frequently have side effects in the long run. Biochemist Henriette Stoy from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden searched for a new treatment method to make treatments more tolerable for patients.

Simply Smart Agriculture

A woman harvests rice in India.

The livelihoods of many Indian small-holders are under threat. These farmers have financial difficulties because they have to invest most of their profits in machines and labor to stand a chance of harvesting anything at all. Kamal Kisan’s efforts to address this problem earned it the Aspirin Social Innovation Award in 2016.