BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq:BMRN) today announced that EY awarded BioMarin CEO Jean-Jacques Bienaimé the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Health and Life Sciences category in Northern California. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Jean-Jacques Bienaimé was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event in San Francisco on June 11.
"It is an honor to receive this award for entrepreneurship on behalf of BioMarin employees and the patients with rare genetic disease who we serve," said Jean-Jacques Bienaimé, CEO of BioMarin.
BioMarin is one of the largest independent biotechs in the Bay Area and one of the largest employers overall in Marin County, home to the biotech company since 1997. With 1,800 employees worldwide and growing, BioMarin is actively hiring, particularly people with medical and scientific backgrounds.
Now in its 29th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO and Chairman of Medivation.
As a Northern California award winner, BioMarin is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In Northern California, sponsors also include King & Spalding, Merrill DataSite, Olmstead Williams Communications, Scherzer International, SmartBusiness, and SolomonEdwards.