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We are contributing to the global fight against the coronavirus through our products and expertise in health and nutrition. Our corona ticker provides an up-to-date overview of our activities.

 

June 18

05:30 p.m. CEST: Bayer to donate $2.5 million to help support COVID-19 initiatives across the United States
In an effort to continue to support communities in need during these unprecedented times, Bayer announced today that it will donate $2 million to Direct Relief and $500,000 to the American Red Cross for COVID-19 initiatives. The donation will be directed to the hardest hit communities within the greater Boston, New York, New Jersey and New Orleans regions an will fund additional testing centers, medical staff support and blood drives.

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June 12

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Photo: GIZ. Pictured from left to right: Rita Aryee, Director of Nursing Services Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital; Juliette Edzeame, GIZ GHI Project Manager Ghana and Clement Owusu-Addo from Bayer

10:00 a.m. CEST: Donation of personal protective equipment to hospitals in Ghana
Within the framework of the Ghana Heart Initiative (GHI), the Bayer AG and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), support Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Accra and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as a direct response to the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The global COVID-19 pandemic hit the project and its activities harshly. Bayer and GIZ donated 3000 examination gloves, 200 protective goggles, 200 protective gowns, 200 face shields, 2000 surgical masks and 2000 particulate respirators (N95) jointly to KBTH and KATH.

The Ghana Heart Initiative is a privately financed project by Bayer AG with implementation supported by GIZ in close partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service. The objective of the project is to improve risk assessment and management of Cardiovascular Diseases at tertiary, secondary and primary levels of care in public health facilities in Ghana.


June 11

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03:00 p.m. CEST: Science of Sports: Get moving with Science at Home with Bayer
Did you know that walking, running, and jumping are examples of Newton’s third law of motion? Getting active and participating in sports is not only about having fun, it is an important part of staying healthy. Science at Home with Bayer presents the “Science of Sports” featuring a variety of activities your kids can do to learn all about the physics behind how our bodies move, heart health, and more. 12-year-old Kellen Hayes interviews Dr. Rosa Coppoleccia to learn about the connection between sports and heart health, and Bayer mom Amy Stephens and her son Owen do a hands-on STEM activity to demonstrate how the heart pumps blood. Finally, don’t miss our new collaboration with Bayer Sports & Clubs, “Learn with an Athlete”: Junior athlete Lotte Torbohm takes us inside the training facility to see pole vaulting up close; you’ll learn from TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Club athletes Torben Blech and Bo Kanda Lita Baehre, their coach and Germany’s Federal Trainer for Pole Vault, Christine Adams, and Falk Schade, a Biomechanist at the German Sport University in Cologne.


June 10

04:00 p.m. CEST: Ensuring continued supply of Radiology products
In order to address some staffing gaps resulting from the ongoing challenges with COVID-19 at the Radiology Indianola production site in Pennsylvania, Production Management put out a request for volunteers across the site. The response was overwhelming; with employees across R&D, Communication, Legal, Commercial, Quality and others raising their hand. The work done by the volunteers will ensure that we will continue to be able to support patient imaging procedures during this challenging time.


May 28

03:00 p.m. CEST: Can Food Supply Chains Cope with COVID-19?
From farmers and field workers, to food processors and retailers, the global pandemic is causing problems at every stage of the supply chain. To understand the challenges the world faces, we spoke to leading experts on global food supply chains to ask: how are we preventing a health crisis from becoming a food crisis?
Read the full story in the Bayer Magazine.

 

09:00 a.m. CEST: Six Months That Will Change Global Food Security, One Way or the Other
COVID-19 has rocked economies and disrupted daily lives all over the world. Whether the global food system, especially in developing countries, emerges stronger or more fragile will depend on what happens next. For smallholder farmers in developing countries, the “end” of the coronavirus pandemic might be better described as the beginning of a new reality for agriculture.

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May 27

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05:00 p.m. CEST: “Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs” is the latest theme in Science at Home with Bayer
Did you know there are 30 million species of insects? Not all of them are pests, however: there are neutral/beneficial and destructive insects. The latest edition of Science at Home with Bayer shares all sorts of bug themed activities and recipes to learn what makes a bug a bug, how we determine if it’s a good or bad bug, and what we can do to protect ourselves from destructive insects while being sure not to hurt the beneficial ones. And 11-year-old Kellen Hayes is back to interview entomologist Dr. Krishna Bayyareddy whose love for bugs began as a young child growing up on a farm in India. Find out about Krishna’s childhood, work as an entomologist, and meet his six-year-old daughter, Krithi, who teams up with her dad to share some fun and interesting bug facts!

 

03:00 p.m. CEST: COVID-19 demonstrates the increasing importance of digitalization
“Farmers, like everyone else, have had their normal business routines completely disrupted, and digital technologies have proven to be a life-line during this crisis.”
You can read the interview John Raines, CCO of The Climate Corporation gave EURACTIV on their website.


May 21

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09 a.m. CEST: Bayer Foundation supports leading social entrepreneurs in their fight against COVID-19 in Africa
To date, the WHO has registered over 86,000 COVID-19 cases in Africa. Most countries are lacking solid health systems and intensive care units. Via the Bayer Foundation, we partner with leading Social Entrepreneurs and organizations to prevent and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 on the continent. Monika Lessl, who heads the Bayer Foundation and Societal Engagement at Bayer, highlights four examples of these important partnership in a post on LinkedIn.


May 20

03:00 p.m. CEST: Digital Technology is Powering Agriculture in a Time of Crisis
“Successful global organizations cannot wait until a crisis emerges to uncover problems and pursue solutions. Bayer’s relentless, established pursuit of digital transformation has allowed us to not only adapt, but advance our operations while accounting for the current, unfortunate norms.” Read the whole article by Ingo Elfering, CIO, Head of Digital Transformation and Member of the Crop Science Executive Leadership Team on LinkedIn.


May 19

03:00 p.m. CEST: Virtual World Medical Innovation Forum - Healthcare Leaders Reflect on COVID-19
11,000 registrants representing 95 countries, 47 states and 3200 organizations joined the World Medical Innovation Forum on May 11.
In reaction to the global pandemic, the annual meeting had been turned into a one-day digital broadcast special on COVID-19 and infectious diseases.
Joerg Moeller, Head of Research & Development of our Pharmaceuticals Division and Mike Devoy, Chief Medical Officer of Bayer AG and Head Medical Affairs & Pharmacovigilance represented Bayer.
You can now watch the recordings of their sessions on YouTube.

Joerg Moeller about “Creating, Collaborating, and Accelerating Discovery During and After a Pandemic”
Panel discussion with Mike Devoy about “The Role of AI and Big Data in Fighting COVID-19”


May 18

 

04:00 CEST: Bayer Continues to Donate Money and Hygienic Kits to Support the Fight against COVID-19
In Algeria, Bayer donated €20,000 to support Algerian health authorities for the acquisition of SARS-COV2 tests. The donation was established through United Nation’s Development Program (UNDP) which is supporting on the supply of medical equipment for health staff in hospitals in the most affected areas. Furthermore, €80,000 were donated to the Moroccan special fund. The money will for example cover the costs of upgrading medical infrastructure and additional means to be acquired in the event of an emergency. Additionally, Bayer supported the Ministry of Health Program by providing medicines indicated in the official care protocol of the Ministry.
In Tunisia, a monetary donation of €20,000 was given to SEPHIRE. A dedicated Commission fund is created to collect donations under the supervision of the Tunisian Ministry of Health. The role of this commission is to cover actual needs regarding the health department and fight the social impacts of the pandemic.
In addition, Bayer in Middle East launched an extended partnership with “Sonaa Al-Khair” to support the “Hemaya” initiative in Egypt. Bayer’s role in the initiative includes providing hygienic kits of gloves, face masks and alcohol supplies. In addition, along with Sonaa El-Khair, Bayer raises awareness of means and measures of protection against COVID-19 and provides sanitizing services. The initiative is organized under the auspices of the Egyptian Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and under the supervision of Ministry of Social Solidarity.


May 12

kw20_en_science-at-home_820x547.jpg 11:00 a.m. CEST: Science is in the Air: check out the latest edition of STEM fun in “Science at Home with Bayer”
Science tells us that air is matter, which means it takes up space and has mass. But how can we know that air has mass if we can’t see it? In a new segment, “Learn with a Scientist”, Dr. Kimberly Hodge-Bell and her two “junior scientist” daughters demonstrate some simple experiments you can recreate at home to prove it. You’ll also find a variety of activities and recipes you and your kids can do to learn all about air, the atmosphere, weather phenomena, and more. And don’t miss the return of 11-year old Kellen to interview TV meteorologist and STEM educator personality, Jason “Mr. Science” Lindsey, who shares how he came to be a weatherman, his love of science, and through a cool demonstration, how to make a real cloud! Read more in our Bayer-Magazine.

 

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09:00 a.m. CEST: Bayer Employees in the US Show Their Support for Customers and Communities
In response to COVID-19, employees form our Crop Science division in the field and working from home have been coming up with many creative ways to show support for their customers and communities. One of many examples is a virtual food drive with Operation Food Search, an organization that distributes food and necessities to 330 community partners in Missouri and Illinois, which raised almost USD 28,500. Our employees are also looking for ways to lend support to essential workers – such as healthcare providers, police officers, and others. Bayer’s Technical Discovery Center in Chesterfield manufactures plastic face shields for health care workers using a 3D printer.

Similary, in Iowa and Hawaii, teams have been printing personal protection equipment parts and ventilator components through the use of their 3D printers. Another team wanted to raise awareness on the importance of farmers and made rubber bracelets with printed messages that say “#stillfarming” and “I am Essential.” More than 4,000 bracelets have already been distributed to seed partners, growers and retailers in Indiana and Kentucky.


May 11

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10:00 a.m. CEST: How to Take Care of Your Immune System
In these times many people are looking for guidance on how to protect themselves from getting the coronavirus. Apart from hygienic measures, maintaining or supporting a healthy immune system is also an essential part of staying healthy. What role does the immune system play when it comes to viral infections and what you can do to boost it? We have asked our experts Dr. Bernard Ng, Physician and Dr. Robert Eichler, Virologist. Read more in our Bayer Magazine.


May 8

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10:00 a.m. CEST: Growing Enough Food during the Coronavirus Pandemic
Droughts, floods or infestations of pests – Overcoming unpredictable hurdles goes with the job for Farmers, but the pandemic is bringing a range of new challenges to growing the food people depend upon.

We spoke to farmers and industry figures around the world to learn how they are adapting in this unprecedented time. You can read the article in our Bayer Magazine.

 

08:00 a.m. CEST: Bayer donates more than €346,000 to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus in Argentina
The donation will allow the incorporation of supplies, medical and security equipment in various hospitals and, in addition, funds will be allocated to the campaigns of the Argentine Red Cross and #Seamos Uno.


May 7

01:30 p.m. CEST: Launch of “Worldwide Empathy for Medics” Initiative
Healthcare professionals are facing unprecedented challenges at the forefront of the corona crisis. Experts point out the high risk for them of suffering from post-traumatic stress. A new international initiative "Worldwide Empathy for Medics" has just been launched to provide empathetic support and listening to healthcare professionals and all hospital workers and caregivers on the brink of coronavirus emergencies. Dr. Luc Peetermans from Belgium is behind this initiative, in collaboration with the Blabla Foundation, a training center specialized in communication and therapy as well as an international team of trainers in NonViolent Communication. As partner of healthcare professionals, Bayer supports this initiative and the medical profession in the fight against the coronavirus.


May 5

10:30 a.m. CEST: Bayer supports farmers in India with two initiatives
The Indian state of Maharashtra is famous for grape cultivation and its export quality grapes. Due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19, grape farmers are struggling to sell their produce. Bayer has stepped in to link grape farmers to offtakers such as DeHaat and AgriBazaar so that they can go on selling their products. To read more, find a Facebook post here.

Furthermore, Bayer India collaborates with India Post to enable smallholders to withdraw money. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown and related health & safety concerns, smallholders farmers in India are facing difficulties to withdraw cash from their Post Office savings accounts. Together with India Post, Bayer has set up a temporary kiosk with cash, biometric scanners and smartphones at one of its Better Life Farming Centers in Uttar Pradesh. More than 100 smallholders took the opportunity to carry out cash transactions and additionally received face masks and hand sanitizers from the Bayer team. To read more, find a Facebook post here.


May 4

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”Everything becomes less important during a crisis, everything but our most fundamental needs: health and nutrition.” Read here the perspective of Liam Condon, President of our Crop Science division, about the challenges and learnings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

11:00 a.m. CEST: Bayer’s contribution in the fight against COVID-19
The Coronavirus has shown us vividly how crucial health and nutrition are. As a leading company in both areas, Bayer has an enormous responsibility to make a contribution during the crisis. With this video our CEO Werner Baumann thanked all our employees for their tremendous contribution in the fight against the pandemic. Read his LinkedIn post


April 29

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09:00 a.m. CEST: “Science at Home” asks ‘Why Chemistry Matters?’
You may not have thought about it before, but chemical reactions are happening all around us. Learn about the basics of chemistry, the states of matter and common chemical reactions with a variety of fun experiments and recipes you can do with your kids at home. In this week’s “Meet a Scientist” interview, 11-year-old Kellen speaks with Dr. Alexander Hillisch, Head of Computational Molecular Design for Bayer Pharmaceuticals, who leads a team of researchers working to help people suffering from cardiovascular conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Learn more about chemistry, his exciting job, and how scientists like himself are thinking about ways they can help in the global fight against the coronavirus.


April 28

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05:00 p.m. CEST: The first virtual stockholders' meeting
Today, history was made: Bayer held the first virtual stockholders' meeting by a DAX company. How we prepared the event in times of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen here in a short video. The full recording of the AGM can be found here.


April 27

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09:00 a.m. CEST: Good start to 2020 –
activities marked by COVID-19
Bayer has registered a good start to 2020, with business activities in the first quarter greatly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. “With our life science product portfolio in the areas of health and nutrition, we have shown our ability to successfully continue our business operations in a challenging environment and deliver a positive contribution for our stakeholders even during a time of crisis,” says CEO Werner Baumann. Read more in the press release here.


April 24

01:00 p.m. CEST: Bayer to donate tablets of chloroquine for use in Italy
Based on a protocol signed with the AIFA (Italian Medicines Agency), Bayer will donate approximately one million chloroquine tablets for COVID-19 treatment in Italy.AIFA’s Technical-Scientific Commission added chloroquine, along with other drugs, to the list of medicines for so-called off-label use outside of the established indications to treat patients with COVID-19 on March 13, 2020. Read more here.

 

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11:00 a.m. CEST: Bayer thanks healthcare professionals by donating Bepanthen
Across the world, healthcare workers are working tirelessly to beat COVID19. Even as face masks, gloves and frequent hand washing are taking a toll on their skin, they keep going. We want to thank them for their dedication by donating Bepanthen to help care for their skin. The donations to over 100,000 healthcare professionals are being made via NGOs and government institutions in 25 countries. Read more in this LinkedIn post by Heiko Schipper, President Bayer Consumer Health. 


April 22

04:00 p.m. CEST: Bayer Mexico produces and donates sanitizers and face shields. In the fight against COVID-19, Proquina, the site for pharmaceutical agents in Mexico, produces alcohol-based hand sanitizers. So far, a quantity of 1,000 liters has been generated, another 10,000 liters are currently in preparation.
In addition, a converted 3D printer in Lerma, Mexico, is now producing transparent face shields. Bayer donates both to hospitals, health centers and other health facilities in the country.

 

08:00 a.m. CEST: Starting today, Bayer will be distributing cloth masks to its employees. Every employee will be receiving four cloth masks that can be used as an additional health measure in places where there is significant community-based transmission. This can help employees in following existing or possible country guidance on continue wearing masks in public. Around 400,000 cloth masks will be available for employees. Bayer also donated masks to external partners, you can find an overview of our activities here in our Bayer magazine.


April 21

02:00 p.m. CEST: Our Canadian organization Bayer Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, will partner with the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) in launching a major clinical research program aimed at identifying potential treatments against COVID-19. It will support the program with a financial commitment of CAD 1.5 million (approximately EUR 1 million) and the supply of products. Two studies will evaluate the safety and efficacy of different combination therapies including Bayer’s chloroquine and interferon beta-1b. It is planned to include more than 60 contributing research locations involving 6.000 patients.

Read more here


April 20

02:00 p.m. CEST: Chinese radiologists share experience of treating COVD-19 patients with global peers. As the Coronavirus is still rampaging through the world, a medical academic webinar dedicated to sharing Chinese radiologists’ diagnosis experience of COVID-19 cases with their counterparts in 15 countries of Latin America, a continent also severely affected by the pandemic, was held on April 17th, joined by over 400 participants.


It was the 3rd webinar of an online medical academic forum series which is organized by the Chinese Radiology Society and China International Medical Foundation, and exclusively sponsored by Bayer China Radiology. With the purpose of promoting global solidarity in combating COVID-19, the forum series has 8 webinars and aims to connect radiologists around the world including Italy, Germany, Latin America countries and Asia-Pacific countries.

 

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10:00 a.m. CEST: Science at Home with Bayer celebrates Earth Day. April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and reminds us that we only have one planet, and we have to take good care of it! Have a look at Science at Home’s latest content package of activities you can do at home with your kid as so many of us continue to juggle distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. In this week’s “Kid Talk: Meet a Scientist” segment, 11-year old Kellen continues his quest to ask scientists questions kids his age may want to know. Kellen speaks to Dr. John Purcell, Head of Vegetables Research and Development at Bayer, to find out what vegetable breeding has to do with protecting the planet and as a bonus, gets some tips for sustainably growing veggies of his own.

Read more


April 17

05:00 p.m. CEST: Bayer will donate nearly EUR 2 million to help fight the pandemic Covid-19 in France and Brazil.
1 million will be donated to the “All united against the virus” alliance set up by the Fondation de France, the Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) hospital network and the Pasteur Institute. The money will enable the alliance to provide psychological support for caregivers, patients and their families as well as to improve the patient care pathway. It will also be used to fund research projects to better understand the coronavirus and the ongoing pandemic, and to develop antibody detection tests, effective treatments and vaccines. Read more here.

Furthermore, Bayer announces the donation of roughly EUR 1 million to help fight the pandemic in Brazil. We believe that collaboration is the key to deal with this crisis, so Bayer will allocate funds for three different initiatives: the Arrecadação Solidária, a Federal Government's project, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the purchase of safety items and hospital supplies. Read the whole news here.

 

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01:30 p.m. CEST: Protective masks have been in short supply since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. At Bayer, a task force is currently working around the clock to ensure that there is no shortage of protective equipment in production plants and laboratories. We are also donating to external partners wherever possible – for example, today’s donation of 200,000 protective masks to the German Red Cross. You can read more about our activities to combat the shortage of protective masks in our magazine story.


April 16

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13:30 p.m. CEST: How can Bayer support the production of a possible vaccine against the coronavirus? "We will provide support in terms of the requisite additional production capacity if new vaccines are successfully tested and approved. We don't currently manufacture vaccines, but we would be able to do so within the next twelve months if it was needed", CEO Werner Baumann said in an interview in the Morning Briefing with Gabor Steingart. You can listen to it here (in German).

How can we organize an orderly exit, if the decision is taken to relax measures against the spread of Covid-19? Baumann talked about this in his guest article for FAZ, which you can now also find in our blog.


April 15

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05:00 p.m. CEST: To prevent Covid-19 from spreading in Senegal, the Bayer Foundation collaborated with its partners, the Senegal Ministry of Health and the health organization PATH. Together, they have redesigned the existing Bayer Foundation anti-malaria program to provide a quick Coronavirus response. In this LinkedIn article, PATH Country Director Aminatou Sar explains what that looks like.

 

05:00 p.m. CEST: To prevent Covid-19 from spreading in Senegal, the Bayer Foundation collaborated with its partners, the Senegal Ministry of Health and the health organization PATH. Together, they have redesigned the existing Bayer Foundation anti-malaria program to provide a quick Coronavirus response. In this LinkedIn article, PATH Country Director Aminatou Sar explains what that looks like.

 

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Read more here

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10:00 a.m. CEST: Covid-19 is restricting public and private life all over the world. In addition to many industries and all social classes, this also applies to the artists who cannot perform as all events have been cancelled. Bayer Arts & Culture and the Bayer sites in Berlin and Weimar would like to provide financial and mental support for some of these creative individuals as a sign of solidarity during this period, and have therefore initiated the "stART Festival Special". The festival features artists who have already enriched Bayer's cultural offerings in the past. All artists have made a video available to Bayer for this campaign with a length of 15 to a maximum of 45 minutes. You can watch the videos here.


April 14

12:00 p.m. CEST: Is Chloroquine, the active ingredient of the Bayer drug Resochin, a potential treatment for patients with Covid-19? Our Chief Medical Officer Michael Devoy and Matthias Berninger, Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, talk about questions related to Resochin in a short video.

 

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10:00 a.m. CEST: We’re donating 8 million tablets of chloroquine to the German government to support the fight against COVID-19. The tablets will be handed over to the responsible authorities in the next days. In the past weeks, Bayer already donated several million tablets of chloroquine to governments of several other countries, including countries heavily impacted by the pandemic like China, Italy and the US.


April 9

berninger_blog_autor_216x17509:00 a.m. CEST: ”I am very proud of many colleagues at Bayer who came up with ideas how we can support”. Matthias Berninger, Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability at Bayer, in a Concordia webcast about our response to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Watch the recording of the webcast here.


April 8

05:00 p.m. CEST: Bayer is supporting the fight against the corona pandemic in Spain with a comprehensive aid package. The company is donating €800,000 to the national health system in Spain for the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment and hospital beds.


Further contributions of more than €100.000 include the donation of test equipment for the diagnosis of Covid-19 to one of the research centers of Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), a prestigious public research institution, as well as support for the “Coronavirus Emergency in Spain" program of the Red Cross.

Read more


April 6

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06:00 p.m. CEST: Bayer launches Science at Home, a weekly series to feature STEM educational resources parents can use to keep their kids learning while staying at home during the Corona crisis. Science doesn’t just happen in labs – science is all around us and powers everything we do! Many of us are adjusting to a new normal of juggling remote work with distance learning models or daycare and school closures due to the global spread of COVID-19. Our new initiative in Bayer Magazine offers some fun science education content parents can use at home. It will feature weekly themed packages of articles, videos, activities, and experiments you and your kids can do together.


April 4

 

08:00 a.m. CET: Early findings from laboratory testing and initial clinical trials indicate that Resochin, our over 80-year-old anti-malarial drug, reduces the viral load in COVID-19 patients. Today we handed over the first 600,000 tablets to the German Army (Bundeswehr) free of charge.


April 3

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11:45 a.m. CEST: The Bayer Italia team reached an incredible milestone recently by getting the first Crop Science field trials in the ground in Lombardy – one of the regions hit hardest by coronavirus. Though the world is different today than it was some weeks ago, the season is about to start. April is planting time to be able to harvest later in the year, and farmers can’t rest or wait to get their job done – and our employees around the globe are teaming up with our customers to ensure that agriculture continues. Together, we’ll overcome Covid-19!

 

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09:00 a.m. CEST: Our CEO Werner Baumann gave an interview to Fortune on Resochin donations during COVID-19 crisis.
“The most important thing right now is that we do everything to make our contribution to help people survive in this monumental crisis”.
Watch the full interview on fortune.com.

 


April 2

04:00 p.m. CEST: How does success look like in times of working remotely due to Corona? Our colleague Megan McNamee, Climate?Customer Success Specialist, discusses how her team at Climate Corp is staying connected and helping customers to make data driven decisions.

Read the blog here


April 1

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09:00 a.m. CEST: Our newly established testing laboratory in Berlin which supports the fight against the Corona virus is already running: In the lab, our employees – more than 140 have volunteered – are able to conduct up to 1,000 additional SARS-CoV-2 tests per day. This helps to slow down the spread of the virus as fewer infections remain undetected and infection chains can be better reconstructed.


March 31

10:00 p.m. CEST: Employees all over the world can submit their ideas and challenges for the fight against Corona on our internal WeSolve collaboration platform. Together we can make an impact by leveraging our diverse resources - as experts, scientists, innovators or coaches, to keep working effectively and support each other in these difficult times. A first idea - how to help colleagues increase their resilience and mental wellbeing - has already been implemented.

 

03:00 p.m. CEST: In India, Bayer will be providing over 200,000 units of face masks (3 ply), 2000 units of N-95 masks, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and other medical supplies to various healthcare professionals in the country to help them in their fight against the virus. Furthermore, we are also helping other companies to engage in relief activities by helping them procure the PPE kits through our vendor network and helping to transport the same to various hospitals.

Read more


March 30

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 08:00 p.m. CEST: With the significant burden COVID-19 is having on the healthcare systems and increased need for self-care solutions, Bayer announced today a donation of one million products to support the health of underserved communities. The products, including over-the-counter medications and multivitamins, will be delivered directly to Americans who can’t easily access them today by way of partnerships with Direct Relief and, in subsequent weeks, Feeding America.

 

liam07:00 p.m. CEST: “Bayer is there to support you.” This is the message to the agriculture community from Liam Condon, President, Crop Science. Condon’s video message recognizes the extraordinary work taking place in the health care industry and acknowledges the work in the agriculture space is equally important to ensure the coronavirus health crisis does not also become a hunger crisis. He pledges that our employees remain committed to putting our customers first and providing business continuity as best they can during this unprecedented time.

 

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11:00 a.m. CEST: Bayer is making more than 40 virus diagnostic devices from its research facilities available at various locations in Germany, which will increase the nationwide COVID-19 analysis capacity by several thousand tests per day. We are also providing specially trained staff. NRW’s Minister of Health Karl-Josef Laumann expressly thanked the company for this contribution.


March 27

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05:15 p.m. CET: The Bayer Annual Stockholder’s Meeting this year will not look like this. We plan to hold our Annual Stockholders’ Meeting as an online-only event for the first time in Bayer’s history as a result of the continuing spread of the coronavirus. The health and wellbeing of participants in the stockholders’ meeting is a top priority for Bayer.

 

garba 04:00 p.m. CET: Production in a pandemic: How to produce medicines in a state of emergency? Our recent report about our team in Garbagnate/Italy is currently demonstrating that in an impressive way.

 

 

 

 

08:00 a.m. CET: While testing for COVID-19 ramps up, there’s another kind of testing that will prove equally important to combating the pandemic: one that can detect whether someone has already been infected and therefore is protected. Leapsmag has published a very interesting interview about this. Leapsmag was created by Leaps by Bayer, a new innovation initiative whose mission is to “aim for fundamental breakthroughs in the life sciences – ‘leaps’ that have the potential to change our world for the better.”


March 26

09:00 a.m. CET: Researchers at Bayer have launched an internal platform under the tagline “Science4Help”. All of our researchers are encouraged to use this platform to share and discuss ideas for combating the coronavirus, as a way of enabling us to leverage our in-house creative potential.

 

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08:00 a.m. CET: How long will we suffer from Corona? SynBioBeta, a partner of Leaps by Bayer, answers this in an easy to understand infographic.

Click here to see the graphic


March 25

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02:20 p.m. CET: The production employees work together to maintain production. Colleagues like here in Berlin enjoy coming to work and are proud of what they are currently doing - and rightly so! “The colleagues accepted and supported all the changes and the increased burden of the past weeks without complaint. You work with a motivation and productivity that is second to none. Everyone pulls together - for our common goal: to ensure the supply of medicines to patients, especially in these times. I am incredibly proud of our entire team at SCB”, says Norbert Nickel, 2nd Plant Manager Packaging Solids.

 

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Brett Begemann,
Chief Operating
Officer, Crop
Science

09:00 a.m. CET: “We are all in this together!” This is the headline of a letter to our customers from Brett Begemann, Chief Operating Officer, Crop Science. He writes: “You, the farmers – big or small in all parts of the globe, play a critical role in providing the world with a stable supply of food, feed, fiber and sometimes fuel. You are essential in keeping a health crisis from turning into so much more. Let me assure you that we are absolutely committed to providing the valuable seeds, crop protection and services that you need to help ensure food and feed are produced.”

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08:00 a.m. CET: Employees of the Pharmaceuticals Division with a medical background can register to volunteer in the fight against the coronavirus. Bayer is supporting the local health care system by giving these employees paid leave for a period of up to 4 weeks so that they can volunteer during this time. With numerous physicians and paramedical practitioners among its staff, Bayer is well positioned to help meet the urgent demand for specialist personnel.


March 24

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10:30 a.m. CET: In Berlin and Wuppertal we are providing local hospitals with ventilators from our pharmacology labs. From our site in Dormagen, we are also providing the City of Leverkusen with urgently needed masks to keep health care workers safe.


March 22

03:00 p.m. CET: The WHO is launching a global study to test whether existing drug products can be used to treat corona. One of these products is Bayer’s active ingredient chloroquine (trade name: Resochin).


March 20

09:00 a.m. CET: We are assessing our capabilities for producing disinfectants, which are currently in such short supply, as a matter of urgency. In Germany we are drawing on the expertise of our plants in Wuppertal and Bergkamen. Our facility in Cimanggis, Indonesia, has decided to produce hand sanitizers locally to protect employees and their families. As of March 19th, they have already produced approximately 250 liters of disinfectants.


March 19

07:00 p.m. CET: Just recently it was announced that US health authorities will be supported in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 with the malaria drug chloroquine.

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March 18

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01:00 p.m. CET: We are supporting hospitals in Lombardy, Italy, with a donation of one million euros. The money is being added to an aid fund that the regional authorities in Lombardy have set up to help procure urgently needed equipment for intensive care units in hospitals with the greatest needs.

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March 17

10:00 a.m. CET: Bayer CEO Werner Baumann addresses all of the company’s stakeholders in a message. He pledges that Bayer will remain a dependable partner for its customers throughout the current crisis and that it will support health authorities all over the world in the fight against the epidemic.


March 13

11:30 a.m. CET: Bayer’s Board of Management sends a letter to employees around the world and outlines the top priorities during the crisis: protecting their health and keeping production running so that we can continue to supply our products to people who need them. All employees able to work from home are asked to do so.