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Bayer's Ray Kerins Honored in Irish America Magazine's 'Healthcare & Life Sciences 50' List of Irish American Innovators

WHIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bayer, has been recognized by Irish America as one of its "Healthcare & Life Sciences 50."

Ray Kerins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bayer (right) with his father, Ray Kerins, Sr., at the 2019 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 awards dinner. The event was held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, September 12.

The latest iteration of the annual list, which appears in the magazine's August/September 2019 issue of Irish America, recognizes the excellence, performance, and extraordinary contributions of Irish-American and Irish-born leaders in fields including medical care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, research and development, and life sciences venture capital.

Last week, Irish America celebrated the 2019 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 at an awards dinner at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

"We are thrilled to honor Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Bayer U.S. – one of the most well-known and trusted brands in the world – as one of our Health Care & Life Sciences 50," said Patricia Harty, Editor and Co-founder of Irish America. "While we honor Ray for his achievements in the Health Care industry, we are particularly gratified that, for all his success, he still holds his Irish heritage close to his heart.

"His commitment to community service outside of his corporate life says much about who he is as a person. He exemplifies all that is best about being Irish and being American, and we couldn't be more proud to have him as one of this year's honorees."

Kerins, who made Irish America's Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 list in 2018 as well, said his Irish roots made their mark not only in his childhood and upbringing, but also in his values in adulthood.

"For as long as I can remember, my Irish culture – its people, its personality and its perseverance – has held a special place in my heart," Kerins said. "To be recognized among this list of leaders, visionaries and innovators is truly an honor."

Kerins, who joined Bayer in 2013, has more than two decades of experience in helping global corporations communicate effectively and improve their reputations. Prior to joining Bayer, Kerins served in senior public affairs posts at Pfizer and Merck.

He is a long-standing member of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Roundtable on Global Health Threats. Kerins is also an executive committee board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and serves as Chairman of the Chamber's Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). He is a board member of the Congressional Award, the only charity of the U.S. Congress, and he is also Chairman of KidsBFF (Kids Building for the Future), a Kerins family charity focused on helping under-served youth.

A lifelong New Yorker, Kerins is a graduate of Iona College, where he received B.A. and Master's degrees.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

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About Irish America

Since its inception in October 1985 Irish America has become a powerful vehicle of expression on a range of political, economic, social and cultural themes that are of paramount importance to the Irish in the United States. Founded by Patricia Harty and Niall O'Dowd, the magazine hosts several major events each year including the Hall of Fame, the Top Irish American Business Leaders, the Wall Street 50, and the Health Care / Life Sciences 50. For more information, go to


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Patricia Harty, Editor and Co-founder of Irish America, and Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Bayer, at the 2019 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50 awards dinner. The event was held at the Metropolitan Club in New York City on Thursday, September 12.