Bayer in Berkeley

Transforming Bayer’s Biopharmaceutical Campus in Berkeley

Building on its strong foundation in biologics development and biomanufacturing in Berkeley, Bayer is diversifying its operations. The company is 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 developing and manufacturing 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 state-of-the-art 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 city’s western edge. The site encompasses 46 acres of manufacturing and laboratory space as well as administrative offices. More than 1,000 employees 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 that 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 the 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

 

    What is the Development Agreement (DA)?
     

    Crafted in 1992, the original DA between Bayer and the City of Berkeley was the first of its kind in the city and provided a model for other cities on public-private partnerships that spur economic growth and encourage community investment. It secured development rights enabling Bayer to manufacture vital treatments for patients around the world and guaranteed funds to help a community thrive. 


    In December 2021, Bayer and the City of Berkeley finalized a 30-year DA extension that continues those same goals of developing and producing medicines for patients globally while also helping the Berkeley community thrive.
     

    What community benefits are included in the Development Agreement?
     

    As consideration for entering into the Development Agreement and contingent upon approval of Bayer’s requested zoning and permitted uses, entitlements and processes, Bayer will provide an annual investment for community benefits and full impact fees for the full development of the site regardless of whether all facilities are actually built.
     

    In 2022, Bayer’s initial community benefits investment will equal $800,000. That initial amount will increase each year by 2%, with the investment totaling $1,460,000 in 2052. The cash investment over the term of the agreement totals $33.1 million.
     

    How is the community benefits money allocated?
     

    The City has determined, based on community feedback gathered over the nearly two-year review process of Bayer’s proposed DA extension and the related CEQA process, that Bayer will invest the funds across five investment categories. Percentages for each category are indicated in the table below with examples of Bayer’s investment in each in year 1 and year 30.
     

    Category

    Percentage

    2022

    2052

    Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math ("STEAM") Education, Career Technical Education (CTE) Partners

    48.5%

    $388,000

    $708,845

    West Berkeley Community Resiliency Funds

    20.0%

    $160,000

    $292,307

    City of Berkeley Affordable Housing Trust Fund (the “Housing Investment”)

    20.0%

    $160,000

    $292,307

    City of Berkeley Affordable Childcare Fund

    4.0%

    $32,000

    $58,461

    City of Berkeley Private Percent for Art Fund

    7.5%

    $60,000

    $109,615


    How will the STEAM funds be distributed?


    Based on community feedback, Bayer will continue its focus on paid internships for high school and community college students while enabling STEAM engagement in the TK-8th grades. A STEAM program selection committee organized by the City and Bayer (with members selected one third by the City, one third by Bayer and one third by mutual agreement), will oversee STEAM/CTE grants allocated as follows:

    • TK-8th Grade – 10% (Ten Percent) 
    • High School career technical education and paid internships – 50% (Fifty Percent) 
    • Community College STEAM career pathways and paid internships – 40% (Forty Percent) 


    Through this program, Bayer will fund five-year grants and the committee will convene annually to assess the performance of the grantees. 
     

    How will the West Berkeley Community Resiliency Funds be distributed?


    Based on community feedback, resiliency investments by Bayer in West Berkeley will be equally distributed among the following programmatic areas in a process led by a West Berkeley grant committee:

    • Climate action
    • Health equity
    • Local economic resiliency

       

    Are there specific ways the funds for affordable housing, affordable childcare and private percent for arts will be used?


    Bayer will make annual contributions according to the allocations table above to City-administered funding sources, which will distribute funds according to City policy and practice.
     

    Is Bayer making any other commitments that will benefit the community? 


    In addition to $33.1 million investments into the Berkeley community, Bayer has committed to non-monetary contributions: 

    1. Bayer employee volunteerism hours and mentorships 
    2. Local hiring outreach and promotion 
    3. Promotion of neighborhood events, (e.g. community-building events, community meetings, and mailers for Bayer sirens and alarm systems) 
    4. Non-monetary support for Career Technical Education (CTE) program (e.g. hosting qualified CTE internship programs on-site as well as administrative and IT support for internship organizations) 
    5. Identification and, where possible, increase of specific commitments to contracting with minority-owned businesses 
    6. Sustainability commitments beyond compliance, (e.g. sustainability practices that go beyond the required mitigation measures identified through CEQA process) 
    7. Use of Bayer facilities, if available, for Berkeley Fire Department training
       

    Are there other benefits to the community?

    The community benefits within the proposed DA extension are the “icing on the cake.” This agreement allows Bayer to build facilities that will be used to make important medicines for people experiencing serious medical conditions for which treatment options are limited, including but not limited to Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular disease and various cancers. The nearly 1 million square feet of new facilities will be built predominantly by union-represented trades. Bayer’s Biotech operations are expected to increase Bayer direct employment by roughly 1,000 more jobs over existing employment levels and economic analysis by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute shows that for every job at Bayer another is created in the region. The projected economic impact of Bayer rises significantly in Berkeley and the Bay Area by 2052:

    • Berkeley: From $15 million to $29 million in 2052 – 97% increase
    • East Bay: From $222.5 million to $422.0 million in 2052 – 88% increase
    • Bay Area: From $353.2 million to $613.1 in 2052 million – 74% increase
       

    How are environmental impacts of Bayer’s development of its site being mitigated?


    A comprehensive environmental review under CEQA of Bayer’s proposed development of its 46-acre West Berkeley site has been conducted with an outcome of no significant unmitigated environmental impacts identified. The Subsequent Environment Impact Report generated a mitigation program of requirements that include clean energy sources, bird-safe glass, and a robust Transportation Demand Management program with a shuttle to connect Bayer employees with BART.

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