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Innovation is a key driver of our future growth.

Investing in new ideas

With targeted investments we make sure our employees have the equipment and skills they need to work on cutting-edge innovations. On top of our investments in research we also make it our priority to create an open-minded atmosphere at our company – through open processes, co-operations, alliances and partnerships. Find out more about our approach to innovation, research and development here.

Facts & Figures


billion EUR investment in R&D in 2016


of Total Sales invested in R&D in 2016

Research and Development spend in 2016 Research and Development spend in 2016
R&D Investment by business sector 2016

1.496 bn in Healthcare (76%), 0.260 bn in Life Science (13%), 0.213 bn in Performance Materials (11%)

Our R&D Approach

Our research scientists are hard at work on groundbreaking medicines and technologies to treat everything from cancer and infertility to colds and pains. Wherever there is a medical need, our highly experienced research and development team hopes to meet it.

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Our Pipeline provides information about what our Healthcare business is currently working on.

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Our Life Science business is research driven and innovation focused. In 2016, we invested 2bn Euro in R&D which supported our innovation in launching 2,100 products – products designed in mind with meeting our customers most unmet needs – from antibodies to water purification systems. The ability to innovate is the core of our culture across all three of our businesses; Research Solutions, Process Solutions and Applied Solutions.

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Our Performance Materials business is an innovation leader, constantly producing new technologies and new markets for our customers, often through partnerships across industries. We have come up with groundbreaking liquid crystal displays and windows, effect pigments for coatings and color cosmetics and high-tech materials for use in integrated circuits.

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