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Genzyme Reports Strong First-Quarter Growth
Date:4/23/2008

y participants were encouraging. Genzyme expects to release

results by mid year for a larger number of patients, including results

for those patients who have completed the one year trial. Final

results for all trial participants will be available in the first

quarter of 2009. Genzyme is currently developing clinical trial

protocols for two Phase 3 studies of Genz-112638, and the company

anticipates initiating these studies early next year. Genzyme believes

that this oral product may offer a more convenient treatment option for

some patients.

Mipomersen for high-risk cardiovascular disease

Genzyme expects to finalize its license of mipomersen from Isis

Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter and subsequently communicate a

development plan for the product. Mipomersen is a lipid-lowering agent

being developed primarily for patients at significant cardiovascular

risk who are unable to achieve target cholesterol levels with statins

alone or who are intolerant of statins. The product offers an

innovative approach to addressing a serious unmet medical need, and

Genzyme believes it could prove to be the most effective lipid-lowering

agent for high risk cardiovascular disease patients for whom

conventional therapies are not sufficient. The product may provide

significant benefit over the standard of care and targets a well-defined

and severely ill patient population. Mipomersen is currently being

studied in a Phase 3 clinical trial involving patients with homozygous

familial hypercholesterolemia.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding Genzyme's financial outlook and business plans and strategies, including without limitation: its Q2 2008, YE 2008 and YE 20011 earnings guidance; its anticipated CAGR through 2011; its expectations for approval of Myo
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