Bayer in Berkeley

Transforming Bayer’s Biopharmaceutical Campus in Berkeley

Building on its strong foundation in biologics development and biomanufacturing in Berkeley, Bayer plans to diversify operations. The company will be investing in new facilities and technologies that speed the development and launch of specialty medicines.


In the past 30 years, the Berkeley site has largely been dedicated to the development and manufacture of medicines for people with hemophilia. New plans for the site will accommodate these operations in a smaller footprint and evolve to meet the needs of specialty medicine. Bayer plans to leverage breaking scientific advances and highly flexible facilities to accelerate next generation medicines for cancer, cardiovascular and other patients. Our cutting-edge campus will be designed to attract and engage top talent and will offer the amenities to connect them in a way that celebrates science and innovation.


Bayer’s biopharmaceutical operations are located about 2.5 miles from downtown Berkeley along the western edge of the city. The site encompasses 46 acres of manufacturing and laboratory space as well as administrative offices. More than 1,000 employees on site develop new products and manufacture Bayer’s three commercially marketed treatments that help people with hemophilia A lead more active lives with this rare disease.


The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the world’s most recognized biopharmaceutical innovation ecosystems. It is the perfect location to continue advancing novel therapies from our research teams while also collaborating with academic institutions and other life sciences companies.


Bayer in Berkeley – Where Innovation Happens 


The vision is a campus which minimizes building footprints and maximizes collaborative space. The design seeks to adhere to modern land use principles that encourage establishing a sense of purpose and community. By leveraging novel technologies and flexible facilities, Bayer also aims to reduce the time needed to develop and launch new drug therapies by several years.


The three goals of the master plan are to:


  1. Maximize the productive use of the land and current buildings to take new treatments through development and manufacturing by:
    • Ensuring flexibility to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities and challenges.
    • Optimizing the efficiency of site configuration to maximize benefits to our operations, employees and the community.
  2. Advance Bayer's ability to attract and retain top talent and partners in order to position the Berkeley campus at the forefront of scientific innovation to improve patient outcomes.
  3. Promote health of employees through wellness features. These include open green space, pedestrian and bicycle circulation, and other amenities that create a unified campus. Consistent design principles will ensure a sense of community within the campus while integrating with the surrounding neighborhood.


Bayer’s Animated Site Master Plan for its Berkeley campus



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