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We want to amplify your voice

At BioMarin Haemophilia we aspire to lift the voice of the haemophilia community as you inspire us to keep researching and moving towards the exceptional with our science.

Every day we make it our purpose to listen to you and put you first. We are focused on doing everything we can to hear and help the haemophilia community thrive.


What you can expect from us

Our values and purpose are what drive us to effect real change. They are not just words—we know we must live them day in, day out.

Our behaviours

We celebrate the people we serve

We are better together

In the face of obstacles, we see opportunity

We aim higher

News and events

In an effort to bring us closer together, we want to keep you informed and bring you the latest news from the BioMarin Haemophilia team.

4/1/19-4/3/19 Glasgow, UK British Society for Haematology (BSH) 59th Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

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4/6/19 Amsterdam, Netherlands EHC Youth Leadership Event

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4/16/19 Dublin, Ireland EHC World Hemophilia Day Event

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4/17/19 Rome, Italy World Hemophilia Day (WHD), Rome

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4/26/19-4/27/19 St. Gallen, Switzerland Haemostasis in Critical Care Workshop (HICC), St. Gallen 2019

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5/10/19-5/12/19 Madrid, Spain World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) International Musculoskeletal (MSK) Congress 2019

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6/13/19-6/16/19 Amsterdam, Netherlands 24th Congress of European Hematology Association (EHA) 2019

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7/6/19-7/10/19 Melbourne, Australia ISTH 2019 Congress: BioMarin is presenting 3 platform presentations, a symposium and a poster

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10/2/19-10/4/19 Glasgow, UK European Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ECTH) 2019

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10/4/19-10/6/19 Skopje, Macedonia European Haemophilia Consortium (EHC) Annual Congress

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10/7/19-10/9/19 Rome, Italy Italian Society of Hematology (SIE) 2019

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BioMarin and haemophilia timeline

  1. Click along the timeline and follow the journey

  2. Haemophilia—
    The royal disease

    1800s

    Haemophilia is sometimes referred to as “the royal disease”, because it affected the royal families of England, Germany, Russia, and Spain in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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  3. Mendel’s theory
    of inheritance

    1865

    Born in the Old Austrian empire, Gregor Mendel was a Czech monk who worked out the basic laws of inheritance before the term gene had been invented. Mendel performed thousands of experiments with garden peas. He explained his results by describing two laws of inheritance that introduced the idea of dominant and recessive traits.

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  4. DNA isolated

    1869

    Frederick Miescher isolated DNA from cells for the first time and called it nuclein.

  5. Whole-blood transfusion
    in hospital

    1940s

    In 1940, Edwin Cohn, a professor at Harvard Medical School, developed the process of breaking down plasma into components and products. Albumin, a protein with powerful osmotic properties, plus gamma globulin and fibrinogen were isolated and became available for clinical use.

    In 1941, Isodor Ravdin, a Philadelphia surgeon, effectively treated victims of the Pearl Harbor attack with Cohn’s albumin for shock.

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  6. DNA double helix
    described

    1953

    James D. Watson and Francis H. Crick described the double helix structure of DNA. They received the Nobel Prize for their work in 1962.

  7. At-home replacement therapy
    available, with plasma-derived
    factor concentrates

    1970s

    The modern management of haemophilia really began in the 1970s with the production of coagulation factors. This innovation greatly improved the quality of life and longevity of people with haemophilia, permitting the widespread adoption of at-home replacement therapy.

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  8. Dr Barrie Carter begins
    work on AAV-mediated gene transfer biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health

    1970

  9. Dr Gordon Vehar begins
    work on factor VIII

    1976

  10. Genes for factor VIII
    and factor IX are cloned

    1980s

    The successful cloning of the factor VIII gene in 1984 was a major breakthrough, allowing production of recombinant human factor VIII. Cloning of factor IX was first reported in 1982.

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  11. The Centers for Disease
    Control (CDC) reports first AIDS
    case in haemophilia

    1982

    In 1982, products derived from contaminated blood led to the first CDC-reported cases of patients with haemophilia A developing pneumonia and other infections that met the case definition of AIDS.

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  12. Dr Barrie Carter publishes
    a paper describing the use
    of AAV as a vector

    1984

    In October 1984, Dr Barrie Carter published A Human Parvovirus, Adeno-Associated Virus, as a Eucaryotic Vector: Transient Expression and Encapsidation of the Procaryotic Gene for Chloramphenicol Acetyltransferase, an article first describing the use of adeno-associated virus as a vector.

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  13. Dr Gordon Vehar publishes
    a paper reporting successful
    factor VIII cloning

    1984

    Expression of Active Human Factor VIII From Recombinant DNA Clones by Dr Gordon Vehar and his colleagues reported on the successful cloning of factor VIII, a breakthrough advancement.

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  14. Dr Wing Yen Wong
    begins haematology
    fellowship

    1987

  15. First gene therapy
    trial in humans

    1990

    A 4-year-old girl suffering from adenosine deaminase (ADA), a condition in which people cannot resist common infections, became the first person to receive a non-AAV gene therapy treatment.

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  16. Recombinant clotting
    factors approved

    FVIII 1992
    FIX 1997
    FVIIa 1999

    Throughout the 1990s, synthetic factor products were manufactured using recombinant technologies. In 1992, the first recombinant factor VIII product was approved by the FDA. In 1997, the first recombinant factor IX product was granted FDA approval. In 1996, rFVIIa was approved in the European Union and in 1999 in the United States for use as a bypassing agent in patients with haemophilia A or B (factor VIII or factor IX deficiency) and an antibody inhibitor.

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  17. BioMarin incorporates

    1997

    Founded in March 1997, with a $1.5 million investment from Glyko Biomedical Ltd., BioMarin was open for business.

  18. Lessons learned regarding risks
    related to potential for severe
    immune response in early gene
    therapy trial with non-AAV vector

    1999

    Lessons were learned from serious problems that highlighted the potential toxicity of viral vectors in earlier trials of gene therapy, leading to new and different technologies.

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  19. Prophylaxis is recommended as
    standard of care

    2000s

  20. Human Genome Project
    completed

    2003

    The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international research effort to sequence and map all of the genes—together known as the genome—of members of our species, homo sapiens. Completed in April 2003, the HGP gave us the ability, for the first time, to read nature’s complete genetic blueprint for building a human being.

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  21. First gene therapy trial in
    haemophilia B using
    AAV vector technology

    2005

    In a 2005 clinical gene transfer trial, it was found that the human liver can be transduced by recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vector after in vivo delivery of the vector.

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  22. BioMarin therapies for
    rare diseases approved

    Mucopolysaccharidosis I 2003
    Mucopolysaccharidosis VI 2005
    Phenylketonuria 2007
    Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome 2009

    Over the years, BioMarin has extended its commitment to those communities with rare diseases.

  23. Dr Gordon Vehar joins BioMarin

    2008

  24. Dr Barrie Carter joins BioMarin

    2011

  25. Extended half-life
    factors approved

    2014

  26. BioMarin therapies for
    rare diseases approved

    Mucopolysaccharidosis IVA 2014
    Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2 2017

  27. Investigational gene therapy by BioMarin: Haemophilia A trial to research safety and efficacy starts (BMN 270-201)

    2015

    After years of scientific study and collaboration with world experts, in 2015 BioMarin began the BMN 270-201 clinical trial—evaluating the safety, proper dosing, and efficacy of a gene therapy for adults with severe haemophilia A.

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  28. Dr Wing Yen Wong joins BioMarin

    2016