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1 Jun 2011

Bayer Moves Betaseron Manufacturing Facility to Germany

Bayer HealthCare will relocate its production of blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Betaseron to Germany for greater flexibility in the marketplace.

Bayer HealthCare is moving its production of blockbuster multiple sclerosis drug Betaseron from Emeryville, CA to Germany. The drug eventually will be produced under a contract with Boehringer Ingelheim, which makes the med for overseas use. The move will cut about 540 jobs beginning next year and all layoffs will be completed by 2013.


"We are really proud of the employees here in Emeryville and what they've done," said Catherine Anderson, a spokeswoman for Bayer HealthCare, according to the Contra Costa Times. "It has nothing to do with site performance, but rather about Bayer trying to get greater flexibility in this marketplace."


A Bayer spokesperson pointed out that the drugmaker operates another manufacturing facility in Berkeley, CA

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