Bay­er scru­ti­nizes R&D group's pro­duc­tiv­i­ty as staffers fear lay­offs in wake of a re­vamp

Fol­low­ing up on their de­ci­sion to in­te­grate R&D in­to a sin­gle or­ga­ni­za­tion — join­ing dis­cov­ery and de­vel­op­ment un­der one chief — Ger­many’s Bay­er is scru­ti­niz­ing its re­search group with an eye to stream­lin­ing its op­er­a­tions.

Ger­many’s Wirtschaftswoche first re­port­ed that the Ger­man com­pa­ny was re­view­ing its R&D lo­ca­tions with cuts in mind, cit­ing fears of 1,000 job cuts.

A spokesper­son for Bay­er tells End­points News, though, that the com­pa­ny con­tin­u­ous­ly looks at its pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and ef­fi­cien­cy. Now it’s look­ing at the best way to cre­ate one “seam­less” R&D op­er­a­tion. As for the R&D re­view: “Noth­ing has been de­cid­ed yet.”

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