Rare Disease Day
On March 1, BioMarin celebrated Rare Disease Day. As part of this day, the company hosted a special event at our San Rafael headquarters to honor patients and reaffirm our commitment to developing much-needed therapeutic treatments for rare and genetic diseases. Guests included patients, their families, and the founder of a patient advocacy group called CureDuchenne, along with local civic leaders and BioMarin employees.
Thirteen patients from across the country participated virtually in a ceremony of hanging locks on BioMarin’s Trees of Life sculpture. This outdoor sculpture on the San Rafael campus is an artistic representation of the deep-rooted relationships BioMarin has with the patients and communities we serve. Each lock has been placed by a person affected by a rare genetic disease, as well as advocates and physicians who share the mission to make a difference in the development and advancement of innovative therapies.
BioMarin also announced that in 2022 we will provide $25,000 in scholarships for patients living with rare conditions, both for those who will attend four-year colleges or graduate programs and two-year community or vocational programs.
Back to Work/Local Restaurants
BioMarin employees start returning to our campuses in both San Rafael and Novato this month. We are excited to see each other again and get back into the local community. BioMarin has announced a partnership with several local restaurants for lunch and dinner to help boost the local economy. It also gives employees an opportunity to enjoy the local eateries for the first time in nearly two years.
Human Rights Campaign’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index
On January 27, BioMarin made a very exciting announcement: for the second consecutive year, we received the top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the foremost benchmarking survey and report in the U.S., measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. BioMarin joins 840 other major U.S. businesses that also earned the top mark this year and were named Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.
Smart Technology Innovation Award
Our BioMarin team in Shanbally, Ireland, recently earned the prestigious it@cork Smart Technology Innovation award – the first-ever biotechnology industry recipient – in recognition of our groundbreaking technology adaptations during the coronavirus pandemic. Amid regularly shifting pandemic protocols, the team was challenged to implement critical workplace protections while keeping workers, products, and patients safe. Continued manufacturing was essential and shutting down operations was not an option. In response, the team took just four months to design, build, and implement SafeTrace to automatically manage coronavirus social distancing and contact tracing.
Local Charitable Giving
BioMarin continues to build partnerships with local nonprofit organizations that are making a major impact in the community. We are proud to announce our ongoing collaboration with the North Marin Community Services, The Downtown Streets Team, and the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. We are honored to work with these organizations which are helping those most in need.