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BioMarin Appoints Dr. Gordon Vehar, Vice President of Research
Date:1/28/2008

NOVATO, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq and SWX: BMRN) announced today the appointment of Dr. Gordon Vehar as Vice President of Research. Former Vice President of Research and Development for Raven Biotechnologies, Dr. Vehar is the inventor of numerous biotechnology patents and the recipient of a collection of prestigious scientific awards including two Distinguished Inventor of the Year Awards from Intellectual Property Owners, Inc.

"We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Vehar to BioMarin. He brings with him extraordinary research and drug development experience and his contributions will substantially bolster our efforts to grow our early pipeline at BioMarin," said Dr. Emil Kakkis, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Vehar also served in various roles throughout a 20-year tenure with Genentech, including Director of Cardiovascular Research and Staff Scientist for Cardiovascular Research and Protein Chemistry. Also at Genentech, he served as Project Team Leader on various drug discovery and development projects, which yielded four marketed products. He is the recipient of the Murray Thelin Award for Outstanding Research presented by the National Hemophilia Foundation, the Inventor of the Year Award given by Intellectual Property Owners, Inc., for the human tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) patent for the treatment of heart attacks and stroke, and the Distinguished Inventor of the Year Award from Intellectual Property Owners, Inc. for the patent on recombinant Factor VIII, a genetically engineered clotting factor enabling production of a therapeutic product for treating hemophilia A. Dr. Vehar has served on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Oklahoma Center for Molecular Medicine, he is an inventor with 37 issued patents and is the author of more than 35 publications. Dr. Vehar received a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati Medical School.

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