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Biogen Idec Reports Top-Line Results From Phase 3 Trial Investigating Dexpramipexole In People With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Biogen Idec’s Commitment to ALS Research

Biogen Idec has several programs underway in ALS. The company recently entered into a research collaboration with Duke University and HudsonAlpha Institute to sequence the genomes of up to 1,000 people with ALS over the next five years in an effort to gain a deeper understanding about the fundamental genetic causes of the disease. Duke and HudsonAlpha will work with several world-class researchers who have deep expertise and experience with ALS and the genes associated with the disease.

Biogen Idec recently created a research consortium in collaboration with several leading academic research centers to identify new approaches to treating ALS. Each of the centers involved in this consortium brings different scientific and technical expertise and a shared goal of improving the understanding of ALS from a basic science perspective.

In addition, Biogen Idec has committed significant funds to the University of Massachusetts Medical School ALS Champion Fund. The funding will drive awareness of ALS and support basic and clinical science research into potential treatments for ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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. Patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis therapies and the company generates more than $5 billion in annual revenues. For product labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please visit www.biogenidec.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about potential treatments for ALS. These statements may be identified by words such as "believe," "expect," "may," "plan," "potential," "will" and similar expressions, and are based on the company’s current beliefs and expectations. Drug development involves a high degree of risk, and only a small number of research and development programs results in the commercialization of a product. Success in preclinical work or early stage clinical trials does not ensure that later stage or larger scale clinical trials will be successful. In addition, clinical trials may indicate that product candidates have harmful side effects or raise other safety concerns that may significantly reduce the likelihood of regulatory approval. For more detailed information on the risks and uncertainties associated with Biogen Idec's drug development activities, please review the Risk Factors section of Biogen Idec's most recent annual or quarterly report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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