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

Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness.

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