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BioMarin is Approved by the Employment Training Panel for More Than $11 Million to Train more than 10,700 Workers Statewide

The State of California’s Employment Training Panel today approved more than $11.8 million to train more than 10,700 workers throughout California. In total, the panel approved 42 training contracts aimed at supporting job creation and retention while increasing opportunities for workers through the development of job skills and training.

“The Employment Training Panel makes a difference for employers and workers throughout California,” said Stewart Knox, the Employment Training Panel’s Executive Director. “Investing in the workforce offers great returns – including the expansion of a highly-skilled, well-trained workforce.”

One of the approved contracts is for $843,300 to support workforce training at BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. Based on the company’s planned expansion and commitment to adding new jobs in California, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development provided the critical proposals for this project. BioMarin’s proposal will train 1,135 workers, with more than one-third being newly-hired and eligible for the Employment Training Panel’s Job Creation Initiative.

BioMarin develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals for rare and serious autoimmune and inherited metabolic diseases, and is headquartered in San Rafael with manufacturing facilities in Novato. Since its first Employment Training Panel contract in 2012, the company has more than doubled its workforce.

BioMarin reports investing more than $300 million in research and development last year, and to meet its commercial and clinical product needs, the company is building a new three-story, 85,000 squarefoot research and development facility in San Rafael. With the new facility scheduled to open later this year, the proposal approved today will assist the company in meeting the demands of expanding markets and retaining its manufacturing workforce in California.

“BioMarin is a leader in delivering therapies for chronic and degenerative genetic conditions,” said Marty Richard, Executive Director of Technical Operations Compliance. “Ongoing technical training is a critical component of our industry, and this training program will help us strengthen our workforce and operations.”

The training and hiring will be in Novato and San Rafael, and will primarily focus on training frontline manufacturing workers to use state-of-the-art biotech equipment, tools and techniques in a clean room environment. BioMarin representatives report that trainees who are knowledgeable in performing their job in accordance with the manufacturing operating procedures and in compliance with FDA standards have highly transferable skills.

The Employment Training Panel is the state’s premier program supporting job creation and retention through training. Since its creation in 1982, the panel reimburses employers for the costs of training -2- existing workers, funds training for unemployed workers to re-enter the workforce, and helps to ensure California businesses have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive.

For more information about the program, please visit, or call 916-327-5368.

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