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Bayer HealthCare Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Kogenate(R) Product Line and 8 Billion IU Milestone at 2008 WFH World Congress
Date:5/31/2008

Company Announces Winners of the 'It's Your Passion. Let It Out' Contest

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare today announced the 20th anniversary of the company's Kogenate(R) line of products and more than two decades of hemophilia A research, collaboration and community building at the 2008 World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) World Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 8 billion international units of Kogenate(R) and Kogenate(R) FS/KOGENATE(R) Bayer have been infused to date.

Kogenate(R) clinical trials began in May 1988 in Bonn, Germany. This advent of recombinant factor VIII technology represented a leap forward in the delivery of safe, effective treatment for people with hemophilia A. Since then, Bayer's Kogenate(R) line of products has maintained a record of safety, with two decades of clinical use and no confirmed case of pathogen transmission.

"Besides celebrating an impressive 20 years of safe, effective treatment, we are celebrating the many lives that have been touched through the use of our Kogenate(R) line of products," said Michael E. Mathews, general manager, hemophilia, and vice president of marketing, specialty medicine, Bayer HealthCare. "We are passionate at Bayer about improving the lives of people living with hemophilia. We are the only company with a long-acting recombinant factor VIII protein in human clinical trials. We are also creating new and innovative delivery systems that decrease the discomfort of infusion and increase convenience."

To celebrate its 20-year milestone, Bayer launched the "It's Your Passion. Let It Out" contest. Applicants from around the world expressed -- in the medium of their choice -- what they are passionate about as members of the hemophilia community. Representatives of the WFH served as contest judges and chose three entries to receive the grand prize, an all-expense-paid trip for two to the 2008 WFH World Congress. The winners are:

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