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BioMarin Announces the Planned Retirement of Dr. Emil Kakkis, Chief Medical Officer
Date:11/21/2008

NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN) today announced that Dr. Emil Kakkis, its Chief Medical Officer will retire from the company on February 27, 2009. Dr. Kakkis has decided to leave his position with the company to allow him to be able to devote more of his time to personal endeavors related to rare diseases. Dr. Kakkis will continue to be a consultant for the company for the foreseeable future.

"I am extremely grateful to have been part of this organization over the last ten years and to have been part of developing three novel treatments for rare genetic diseases. I would like to thank all of the patients, doctors and, particularly, the BioMarin employees that have helped me in those efforts. I am looking forward to the opportunity to devote additional time to developing an institute for rare diseases and legislation to support ultra-orphan drug development," said Dr. Kakkis.

"Emil has been an invaluable part of the leadership team here at BioMarin and we are sorry to see him leave. He has been instrumental in the development of all of BioMarin's products, dating back to the very early work that he did on Aldurazyme while he was on the faculty of UCLA and before he was an employee of BioMarin. We are very fortunate to have had his service and fortunate that he has agreed to continue helping the company on a consulting basis. Emil has done an excellent job building up the R&D organization, particularly in the past three years, and we have outstanding personnel in place to continue our innovation track and move forward with our current development plan," said Jean-Jacques Bienaime, Chief Executive Officer of BioMarin.

Dr. Kakkis joined BioMarin in September 1998. Prior to joining BioMarin, he was an assistant professor at th
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