Value through Innovation22 August 2014

Research & Development News and Information  

This section includes information and resources about Boehringer Ingelheim’s Research & Development: Press releases, research information, pipeline information, related press kits and a collection of images and videos.

  • R&D Conference 2012
    R&D Conference 2012

    Living. Breathing. Advancing.
    Insights into the (respiratory) pipeline of Boehringer Ingelheim

  • Prof. Barner
    International R&D Conference 2012

    Video of the 3rd Research & Development Press Conference

  • Highlights of the International R&D Conference 2008

    Highlights from Boehringer Ingelheim´s 2nd International Research & Development Press Conference in Biberach (Germany) 2008.

  • Highlights of the International R&D Conference 2006

    Highlights of the Boehringer Ingelheim
    Research & Development press conference 2006.

    ASF Video length 6:52 min

  • Facts about our Research & Development
    • Our research & development comprises four major research & development sites and three smaller specialized sites worldwide.
    • During the past decade from 2001 to 2010, Boehringer Ingelheim conducted or sponsored 1,320 studies with 106 substances in 87 countries from all regions of the world.
    • We have more than 7,000 highly qualified people working in research & development out of 42,224 Boehringer Ingelheim employees worldwide.
    • Our drug discovery focuses on six major therapeutic areas: Respiratory diseases, Cardiometabolic diseases, Oncology, Neurological diseases, Immunology, Infectious diseases.
    • In 2010, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of 12.6 billion euro while spending almost 24% of net sales in our largest business segment Prescription Medicines (2010) on research and development for Prescription Medicines.

    Today, we carry out drug discovery in six major therapeutic areas allocated to four major R&D sites and three smaller specialized sites around the world for Human Pharmaceuticals. 7,093 people employed in R&D worldwide (2010) ensure a continuous flow of new compounds to come into pre-development and development. Find out more about Research & Development at Boehringer Ingelheim.

  • What are our main research activities?

    Today, we carry out drug discovery in six major therapeutic areas allocated to four major R&D sites and three support centres around the world for Human Pharmaceuticals. More than 7,000 people employed in R&D worldwide (2010) ensure a continuous flow of new compounds to come into pre-development and development. Find out more about Research & Development at Boehringer Ingelheim.

  • What are the phases in the process from substance to product?

    Drug discovery, pre-clinical and clinical development take about 12 - 15 years and including failures an investment of in average US$ 1 billion. Every year, Boehringer Ingelheim invests more than 20% of its net sales in Prescription Medicines into research and development. The phases in the process from idea to patient are:

    • Basic research and exploratory research
    • Research (with target identification, target validation, lead identification, lead optimisation, pre-development )
    • Development (with preclinical development, clinical research phases I, II and III)
    • Registration (with regulatory approval and phase IV/Life Cycle Management)
  • What is your policy on genetic research and modification?

    Over the past few years we have seen fast-paced developments in the opportunities to explore human genomic codes and its relation to diseases. Knowledge about the genetic structure and principles of the human body opens the door for the identification of new targets for innovative therapies.

    Genetic research and modification are understood as opportunities to develop therapies to fight diseases that are so far only hardly treatable or untreatable. Carefully and respectfully approaching these opportunities, Boehringer Ingelheim is interested in research and development in gene therapy.

    We encourage genetic research, because we believe that all avenues of progress towards better human and animal health deserve to be explored.

    However, we recognise the concerns over the possible long-term consequences of genetic modification and cloning. We are guided by extreme caution in these new and explorative research areas. We strongly adhere to our philosophy that no irreversible modification should be done until is proven to be safe.

    Boehringer Ingelheim strictly opposes any manipulation of the germ line or gene therapy with germ line cells.

  • What is Boehringer Ingelheim's policy on clinical trial information disclosure?

    Boehringer Ingelheim has a general policy of transparency with publications of clinical trial results. We recognize that there are important public health benefits associated with making clinical trial information more widely available to healthcare professionals and patients. Such disclosure, however, must maintain protections for intellectual property and contract rights as well as conform to the regulations in relevant countries.

    Boehringer Ingelheim supports the joint global position of the research-based pharmaceutical industry published by the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) on 06 January 2005, updated on 18 November 2008, and is committed to the agreed principles.
    The disclosure process is based upon the requirements outlined in the global industry position paper of the IFPMA, the requirements by the United States Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA), and the United States state of Maine law regarding the Reporting Requirements for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Labelers for approved products marketed in the state of Maine.