Genzyme has pioneered the development and delivery of transformative therapies for over 30 years. Founded in 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, Genzyme evolved from a tiny start-up with just a handful of employees to one of the world's leading biotech companies. Acquired by Sanofi in 2011, Genzyme now benefits from the reach and resources of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, with a shared commitment to improving the lives of patients.
We've kept our roots in the Boston area: our headquarters, Genzyme Center, is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, home to venerable universities, teaching hospitals, and a thriving biotechnology community. But we also operate in every other region of the globe.
Spirit of Hope - A History of Genzyme 1981-2012
As a pioneer of the biotechnology movement in the early 1980s, Genzyme has always been driven by cutting-edge science and a commitment to developing treatments for unmet medical needs. In this video, CEO David Meeker, former CEO Henri Termeer, and patients share how Genzyme has continued to build on this foundation over the past three decades.
Genzyme has long been known for our expertise in the class of rare genetic diseases known as lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs). We have also expanded – through both in-house development and strategic acquisitions and partnerships – to other disease areas such as thyroid cancer and multiple sclerosis.
Driven by our commitment to patients, we strive to develop strong relationships with patient communities and listen to their perspectives so that we can truly understand their needs. These collaborations guide us as we continue to push the boundaries of medicine and technology to develop new and better therapies where none existed before.
Genzyme's dedication to patients extends beyond the development of products. We've initiated numerous free drug, payment assistance, and humanitarian programs to ensure that vital treatment reaches all those who need it.
We're also committed to responsible corporate citizenship: we lead the industry in environmental initiatives and support local communities through grants and our employees’ volunteer efforts.
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Genzyme is currently composed of two business units – Rare Diseases and Multiple Sclerosis – that develop treatments for serious and debilitating diseases. Our Rare Disease business unit is focused on several medical areas, including lysosomal storage disorders, a rare form of cancer, and a genetic cardiovascular disease known as familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). Our therapeutic products currently serve patients in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Last Updated: 4/4/2016