The Bay Area’s life sciences industry is booming, and plans by biopharmaceutical leader Bayer to transform its Berkeley product development and manufacturing campus over the next 30 years would help power the biotech bonanza, generating more than $600 million in economic activity and supporting more than 3,800 jobs annually across the region.
Under a 30-year development agreement first approved in 1992, Bayer has partnered with the City of Berkeley to provide hundreds of good-paying jobs across a wide range of skill and income levels, support numerous community and educational programs benefitting thousands of residents and students, and contributing to the city’s overall economic vibrancy.
With the development agreement set to expire, Bayer is collaborating with the City of Berkeley and the community to create a new vision, a new plan for its campus that would ensure another 30 years of good jobs, a renewed commitment to supporting a wide range of local organizations and programs, and powering local and regional economic activity.
Bayer’s cutting-edge campus plans would maintain Berkeley’s place as an important biotech manufacturing hub, strengthen the Bay Area’s competitive dominance as a global life sciences powerhouse and improve the company’s ability to continue innovating and creating life-saving medicines that benefit millions around the world.
Using Bayer’s proposed campus blueprint under a new 30-year development agreement, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute earlier this year (2021) estimated the benefits to the city, the East Bay and the region overall by 2052 would be significant, including:
- Supporting an almost doubling of jobs from 2,221 today to 3,816 in 2052
- Increasing jobs in Berkeley from 107 to 204 and in the East Bay from 1,547 to 2,811
- Supporting the full-time equivalent of almost 1,700 construction jobs over 30 years
- Generating $613 million in economic activity across the region, $422 million in the East Bay and almost $30 million in Berkeley alone, a 97% boost from today’s impact
Central to Bayer’s plans is continuing its close partnership with the City of Berkeley and building on the $30 million in community benefits and local infrastructure improvements the company has delivered over the past 30 years. Among those is the creation of the Biotech Partners program, which trains underserved local youth for career-track jobs in the sciences. Bayer also supports numerous local organizations, including Berkeley Food and Housing Project, through charitable contributions from its foundation.
Under an initial community benefits plan presented in July 2021, Bayer committed over the next 30 years to focus its support and contributions in three key areas:
- STEM and biotech education, with particular emphasis on improving equity outcomes
- Community resiliency, including climate action, health equity and local economic resiliency
- Affordable housing
For more than a year, Bayer has been engaged in an intensive and exhaustive community outreach and public review of its proposed campus plans. Additional meetings and key decisions are expected in the coming months. To view past virtual community meetings and sign up to receive project updates, visit Bayer.