MedTech Involves Science!

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Bayer workers look a bit like astronauts, yes?

Bayer workers look a bit like astronauts, yes?

A visual metaphor for the effort that goes into producing a year's supply of Kogenate.

A visual metaphor for the effort that goes into producing a year's supply of Kogenate.

200lfermenter

A fermenter - smaller than what you see at a winery or a brewery, but the concept is the same.

The pretty aerial view of Bayer. (Credit: Bayer - for all the photos)

The pretty aerial view of Bayer (Credit: Bayer - for all the photos)

The "mainstream media" (as in non-science-focused) is full of stories about GreenTech. MedTech gets no respect. I'm willing to bet this is because one has to understand a fair bit of science to cover MedTech.

So bear with me as I attempt to share what Bayer manufactures in Berkeley. (I've been working on a story that will air on the California Report Thursday, but it's all business - no science.)

Here's Peter Kramer, Bayer’s Director of Manufacturing Sciences, speaking at length about Factor VIII.

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Some helpful definitions:

he·mo·phil·i·a: an X-linked genetic disorder in which excessive bleeding occurs owing to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood.

ly·oph·i·lize: to dry by freezing in a high vacuum.

sub·li·mate: to extract.

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About Rachael Myrow

From KQED’s Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers politics, economics, technology, food and culture in a vast region extending from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. This follows more than seven years waking at 3 am to host the daily version of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state during NPR's Morning Edition. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, blogs for Bay Area Bites, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC in Los Angeles. Follow @rachaelmyrow

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