Bayer Schering Pharma to invest heavily in Asia, triple its workforce in Vietnam

SINGAPORE—German pharmaceutical giant Bayer Schering Pharma AG said Friday it will invest heavily in Asia by doubling its sales team in India and tripling its workforce in Vietnam and that it plans to increase its sales by above market average growth rates in the region in the long-term.

Mr. Kanti said Bayer Schering plans to double its sales team in India, a market that he said currently makes up only a small part of the company’s sales.

In other parts of the region, the company is targeting a sixfold increase in sales in Vietnam by 2015 and a tripling of the workforce there.

It also aims to become one of the top three pharmaceutical groups in South Korea by 2013 and among the top 10 pharma groups in India by 2015. The firm has plans to increase its South Korea staff by 20%.

Bayer Schering Pharma Asia Pacific Head of Global Medical Affairs Richard Nieman said the company plans to synchronize it Asia product development with the U.S. and Europe, which will mean products are released in Asia the same time they hit Bayer Schering’s traditional markets.

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