Hoechst

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Hoechst AG was a company focusing on life sciences, specifically pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and animal health. The company was founded in Frankfurt, Germany, on December 7, 1951. Hoechst was called "The pharmacy of the world" relating to its important role on world's drug market.

Hoechst had been a part of the German industrial conglomerate IG Farben, which had a slave labour chemical complex beside the death camp Auschwitz during World War Two.

Aventis was formed in 1999 when Hoechst AG merged with Rhône-Poulenc S.A. The merged company was based in Strasbourg, France.

The Aventis Prizes for Science Books (formerly Hoechst Prizes), which celebrate the very best in popular science writing for adults and children, have grown to be one of the world's most prestigious non-fiction literary prizes.

The Aventis Prizes are managed by the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science, and the Aventis Foundation, a German charitable trust established in 1996 as the Hoechst Foundation with an endowment of €50 million. In 2000 the foundation was renamed the Aventis Foundation subsequent to the 1999 merger of Hoechst and Rhône-Poulenc.

Following a merger in 1997, Hoecht became Nutrinova corporation.

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