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Our R&D Approach

Our research mission is simple: innovations that improve the quality of life of people everywhere. That motivation keeps us at the forefront of the Healthcare, Life Science and Performance Materials industries.

Healthcare R&D

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



R&D focus: Taking on the world’s most challenging medical conditions

As a science-driven organization, we are delivering a transformative pipeline that makes a real difference for patients, with a strong focus on helping to create, improve and prolong lives. Our core areas of research include:

  • Immunology  
  • Oncology
  • Immuno-Oncology  

In addition to our pipeline, we also deliver growth via support and thoughtful life cycle management for our existing fertility, immunology, and oncology franchises.

We are delivering innovation through a balance of internal expertise and external collaboration. We look for partners who share our passion for discovery and whose strengths complement our pipeline, strengthen our technology base and enhance our overall scientific capabilties.

Consumer Health – OTC Pharmaceuticals

Consumer Health – OTC Pharmaceuticals

R&D focus: Designing products with the power to improve lives on a daily basis

To us, innovation in Consumer Health means solving a problem in a way that is significantly better than previous solutions, creating new value for consumers and for our business. To achieve this goal in the most efficient way, we also collaborate with external researchers. Partnerships and alliances are an essential part of our R&D strategy. Our research teams are dedicated to thoughtful, innovative products created to support the health and well being of people in their everyday lives. These are a few:

  • Probiotics 
  • Prenatal and postnatal care 
  • Nasal decongestants 
  • Allergy 
  • Pain 
  • Jointcare and mobility 
  • Anemia / Iron deficiency

Allergopharma – Allergen Immunotherapy

Allergopharma – Allergen Immunotherapy

R&D focus: Diagnosing and treating allergies

Our Allergopharma team includes some of the world’s leading specialists on allergies and how to treat them. They are constantly developing innovative therapies and diagnosis strategies to tackle this widespread condition, with research focused in the following areas:

  • Immunology Molecular allergology 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Analytical methods 
  • Clinical research 

Life Science R&D

R&D focus: Reimagining new ways to meet the needs of our customers

Innovation is at the core of the value that we deliver to our customers. Our Life Science business is research driven and innovation focused. In 2016, we invested 260 million Euro in R&D which supported our innovation in launching 2,100 products – products designed to meet 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. Learn more

Performance Materials R&D

R&D focus: Keeping the world’s performance materials on the cutting edge

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. Learn more