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Leaders In Hemophilia Advocacy, Healthcare Delivery And Biotechnology Partner To Offer Free Genetic Testing To People With Hemophilia

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"We hope that many people will participate in the My Life, Our Future program to learn more about their genetic profile and to contribute knowledge that may help future generations," said Barbara Konkle, M.D., Director of Clinical and Translational Research at PSBC. "As a physician, I believe this initiative will provide Hemophilia Treatment Centers with a critical tool to individualize care for people with hemophilia and their families today."

National Database and Research Repository Will Be Enhanced

Beyond receiving their individual genotyping results, participants can help accelerate scientific research in hemophilia by contributing data and samples to a secure national database and research repository. In the future, scientists can apply through ATHN for access to the data or samples to conduct research.

The confidentiality of participants who contribute their data and samples will be protected. Patient identifying information will not be entered into the database and the repository, nor given to researchers.

"With an enhanced database, researchers will be able to investigate the connection between the genetic cause of hemophilia and clinical outcomes," said Diane Aschman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATHN. "Future researchers will be better equipped to improve the care of hemophilia and identify new treatment approaches."

A Partner Dedicated to Serving the Hemophilia Community

Biogen Idec Hemophilia, a business unit of Biogen Idec with expertise in hemophilia and genetic medicine, will provide financial backing for the initiative, as well as scientific advice and project management support.

"Our goal is to empower people with hemophilia to live the lives they choose," said Glenn Pierce, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer of Biogen Idec Hemophilia. "This initiative fits perfectly with our mission because it offers knowledge to patients, their families, healthcare providers and researchers that can improve care and advance science."

The company is supporting My Life, Our Future as a service to the community, and will not have special access to the data or samples generated by the initiative.

About My Life, Our Future: Genotyping for Progress in Hemophilia

My Life, Our Futureis a partnership of the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN), Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC), and Biogen Idec Hemophilia. The program will offer free or very low cost genotyping to people affected by hemophilia in the U.S., and will become available through participating Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTCs) in 2013. Initially, the service will be offered to people with hemophilia A and B. Over time, it will be expanded to include potential carriers in their families. For more information, visit www.MyLifeOurFuture.org.

About The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF)

The National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for inheritable bleeding disorders and to preventing the complications of these disorders through education, advocacy and research. Established in 1948, NHF is based in New York City with 51 chapters throughout the United States. NHF's programs, initiatives and events are made possible through the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations as well as through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, visit NHF online at www.hemophilia.org.

About The American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN)

The American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN) is a non-profit organization committed to advancing and improving care for individuals affected by bleeding and thrombotic disorders. ATHN's mission is to provide stewardship of a secure national database, adherent to all privacy guidelines, which will be used to support clinical outcomes analysis, research, advocacy and public health reporting in the hemostasis and thrombosis community. ATHN represents over 130 Hemophilia Treatment Centers. More information is available at www.athn.org.

About The Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC)

Puget Sound Blood Center is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization with a tradition blending volunteerism, medical science and research to advance transfusion medicine and improve patient care. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, the Blood Center serves patients in more than 70 hospitals and clinics in 14 Western Washington counties. Patients with leukemia, cancer, hemophilia, thrombosis, sickle cell disease and traumatic injuries depend on Blood Center research. PSBC has a state-of-the art laboratory with world-class expertise in hemophilia mutation analysis. More information is available at www.psbc.org.

About Biogen Idec

Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen Idec discovers, develops and delivers to patients worldwide innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia and autoimmune disorders. Founded in 1978, Biogen Idec is the world's oldest independent biotechnology company, and patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis therapies. For more information, please visit www.biogenidec.com.

Biogen Idec Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially from our expectations due to the risks and uncertainties described in Biogen Idec's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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