Pharmaceutical company Bayer cutting over 200 jobs in Berkeley

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Pharmaceutical giant Bayer is cutting 227 jobs in Berkeley, the company has confirmed to ABC7 News.

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- Pharmaceutical giant Bayer is cutting 227 jobs in Berkeley, the company has confirmed to ABC7 News.

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According to the San Francisco Business times, the cuts are on top of the 200 jobs eliminated already this year. The cuts come as the company gets ready for a new drug-making plant in Germany.

Berkeley is the only biotech manufacturing site in America that's "unionized."

Read Bayer's full statement about the job cuts below:

Bayer's longstanding commitment to the hemophilia community drives our continued investment in discovering and developing innovative therapies for patients living with this life-long disorder.

Berkeley has been Bayer's biotechnology manufacturing hub for more than 40 years, serving hemophilia patients in nearly 80 countries around the world. This site is responsible for producing all three of Bayer's rFVIII therapies, including the Jivi, which was recently approved in the US and Japan. We are deeply proud of the innovation that these medicines bring to our patients.

The manufacturing processes for these products must also be robust and efficient to ensure product safety, reliable supply, and to remain competitive in support of new therapies that position the long term viability of the site. Our transition into commercial production with three products has resulted in the need for organizational changes to enable these efficiencies, and today we notified 227 employees that their positions were being eliminated as part of this reorganization.

This decision will not impact product availability as we remain committed to providing a portfolio of treatment options to serve the individual needs of the hemophilia community.

We have the utmost appreciation for the employees affected by this reorganization, and will ensure that we manage their transition in the most respectful and thoughtful manner that we can.