Bayer CropScience integrates its Crop Protection, Bioscience, and Environmental Science business units; bringing 4,300 scientists under Dr Nicholson.
Born in the UK, Nicholson has graduated in pharmacology, earning his B.Sc. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D. from the University of Wales.
He has been employed in research and development in the biopharmaceutical industry since 1978, and most recently held executive positions in R&D at Merck Inc. and before that with Schering-Plough and Organon in the US.
David Nicholson has also spent more than 10 years of his professional career in Germany and the Netherlands.
Bayer CropScience: Refocusing research and development
Dr. Nicholson is joining Bayer CropScience to drive the company’s approach to refocus its research and development activities so that it can better respond to the future development of global markets.
As part of this approach, the company is placing increasing emphasis on the BioScience business unit, with its seeds and traits, and on new growth areas in agrochemical research, such as plant health and stress tolerance.
The company’s plans call for a doubling of annual R&D spend in BioScience between 2010 and 2015 (2010: about €200 million).
The annual R&D budget of Bayer CropScience as a whole is set to gradually rise by about 20 percent over the same period, to more than €850 million.
With an annual budget of more than €720 million (2010), Bayer CropScience ranks among the most research-intensive companies in the industry.
As part of its integrated research approach, scientists in the fields of agricultural chemistry and seed technology are increasingly collaborating to pool the knowledge acquired through chemical, biological and genetic research and field development, aligning this expertise to the company’s long-term research objectives and business strategies for the various crops in its portfolio.