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BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. is an American biotechnology company headquartered in San Rafael, California. It has offices and facilities in the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe. BioMarin's core business and research are in enzyme replacement therapies (ERTs). BioMarin was the first company to provide therapeutics for mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I), by manufacturing laronidase (Aldurazyme, commercialized by Genzyme Corporation). BioMarin was also the first company to provide therapeutics for phenylketonuria (PKU).

According to WIKIPEDIA In 2010, BioMarin became involved in the controversy surrounding 3,4-diaminopyridine (3,4-DAP). BioMarin markets a phosphate salt of 3,4-DAP under the name Firdapse. In 2010, BioMarin was granted exclusive licensing rights to Firdapse for 10 years. As a result, the price of a prescribed National Health Service treatment course has increased from $1,987 for the unlicensed drug to $69,970 for Firdapse. The company states that prior to its licensing, there was no guaranteed quality control of the product and no way of formally monitoring for uncommon side effects through the regulatory process.

Nigel Hawkes and Deborah Cohen investigate claims that drug companies are making easy profits by licensing existing treatments for rare diseases. Loopholes in legislation designed to provide treatments for rare diseases are being exploited by drug companies to generate huge returns for very little effort, British doctors have claimed. In an open letter to the prime minister, 20 consultants and a patient group say that National Health Service patients are being denied access to a potentially life-saving treatment since it was licensed under the European Union orphan drug legislation and its price increased by a factor of 40. Little research was required of the US company BioMarin before it was awarded a European license for amifampridine (Firdapse), a slightly modified version of 3,4-aminopyridine, which is unlicensed but has been used for more than 20 years to treat two rare diseases, Lambert Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) and congenital myasthenic syndrome. The license granted for amifampridine covers only the first of these conditions, an autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness that affects only about 150 patients in the UK at any one time. But the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has told neurologists that now the drug is licensed they are obliged to use it for both LEMS and congenital myasthenic syndrome, an inherited condition with similar symptoms. The rules allowed the company to rely on existing evidence of efficacy to gain a 10-year exclusive license to market the drug. Treating a patient for a year with diaminopyridine costs £800-£1000 (€940-€1200; $1300-$1600) compared with £40 000-£70 000 for amifampridine, depending on the dose. Some primary care trusts have refused to fund the drug because they argue that at this price it is not cost-effective. In others that do fund it, the high cost is likely to have a knock-on effect…


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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"1. Disorganized 2. Unfriendly environment 3. Dishonest Overall experience: Unfortunately, it was disappointing & a waste of time/energy. I was told the mission is to help the patients; this mission appears to be lost, seemingly blurred by overwhelming personal preference."

Former Employee - Director says

"Blameshift runs rampant as management looks to cover their rear ends as FDA violations run rampant throughout the organization/disorganization. Don't trust anyone here. Management are bullies who have no idea what high performing employees are contributing to the organization. This is mostly based on favortism as opposed to the free flow of ideas that could actually lead to better solutions. If you challenge the organization you will be blackballed and pushed out of the orgranization."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"No leadership, no career path, managers don't know how to lead or manage or give feedback, some VPs think their staff are replaceable so make no attempt to develop and retain them, HR is there to protect VPs and above and doesn't care about anyone below that - they will let you walk as opposed to address someone's ability to manage a person, it's about how long you work and not your work product - some departments are toxic"

Current Employee - Senior Director says

"Very poor management but with a small company mentality and a TON of politics Without any rhyme or reason, people get promoted just because they "appear" qualified Terrible BD group currently led by someone without any BD experience"

Current Employee - Manager says

"Nepotism, inadequate managers, people are after job titles and not getting job done, far too political."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Expect no work-life balance. Incompetent and disqualified managers with lack of authenticity . Incapable of building strong relationships with teams. Upper management is totally out of touch with the needs of the company."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Work environment is terrible, trainers are not clear"

Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician says

"Issues are not addressed in a timely manner. In order for issues to be addressed individuals have to escalate the problem multiple times or even let the operation be delayed from the problem before it is fixed. Management does not thoroughly evaluate employees to whom promotions are given. Blatant nepotism is observed towards individuals who "brown nose" even if that individual has no process experience, is extremely lazy, or even prevents work being done by others in a timely and efficient manner. Individuals that do have a good work ethic or are knowledgeable are abused and overworked leading to a high turnover of good employees will poor employees are retained and promoted. Which then puts more pressure on the remaining good employees causing a constant cycle of frustration and stress."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Management is a mess. There are entire departments that add no value but seem to keep growing because their leaders are tight with people at the top. The company has reached the "brightsizing" stage of dysfunction - a lot of very valuable people have left in the past 12 months, and we're not seeing that level of replacements come in. The goal to surviving at BioMarin has become cutting corners and crossing your fingers in order to meet impossible timelines."

EAM Support Assistant (Former Employee) says

"This was a temporary position. Did not like this position. No communication with supervisor. I data entry all day here had questions supervisor was not around to answer questions regarding the project I am working onfree breakfast every wednesdaylack of communication"

Manufacturing (Former Employee) says

"Unnecessarily complex environment. Difficult people on many shifts that make the job harder than it has to be. No Quality Associates on the floor which makes the deviation rate astronomical. The deviations are blamed on the employees if they are not machine malfunctions. Operators are held responsible for deviations when there is a clear lack of leadership on the manufacturing floor. High turnover due to lack of training. This company has a "your on your own, responsible for you own training" company has no dedicated trainers on the shifts. Backstabbing is a great way to get ahead. Management sits across the street and has little interaction with employees. Management is clueless in Human Resource issues. No conflict resolution. Easier to fire an employee than solve problems. Shift wars constantly.Great medicalPoor management"

Manufacturing Associate (Former Employee) says

"When I first started, the company portrayed themselves as those who care deeply about patients & employees. They were very supportive & welcoming. Unfortunately, that was only true for a month & then the switch flipped. Employees are either slacking off, complaining, or gossiping. Management (and coworkers) will not support you & throw you under the bus. It was a red flag when I found out how quick the turnover rate is."

GMP Technician Lead (Current Employee) says

"the communication between management is horrible. it's a dead end job that leads nowhere and almost never give raises unless you bother them.benefits and full timemanagement communication"

Clinical (Current Employee) says

"Very poor management with no qualifications to be in the role. Working over 10 hours a day. It was not a good experience for me, terrible place to work. The salary and benefits were good."

Sr. Tech Cell Culture (Former Employee) says

"A fast-paced, non-modern environment, with a fractured culture. A company that was experiencing growth pains; one that was a expanding global firm that was still functioning like a small fledgling one.Short commute; good, solid niche therapy durgWas recruited & offered a FTE position, which I accepted but ultimately, less than 2 weeks before I was to start, HR pulled & changed the offer to a contract position due to over-extending themselves."

Specialist/Facilities Mechanic (Former Employee) says

"Manufacture a drug for children to live----that costs close to a Million$ a year Ask Yourself: Is that an ethical sustainable answer? You figure it out....I didpartiespolitical"

Research Associate (Current Employee) says

"The law is on your side... but it sure as heck doesn't feel like it. I felt victimized and abused because of my health condition WHICH NO ONE KNEW ABOUT, and nothing was done to prevent it or even mentioned about it. Poor career support/advancement opportunities. Mgmt kind of clumsy."

Research Associate (Former Employee) says

"BioMarin's management was not very good about investing in their employees. I felt that they simply didn't care if I had the resources necessary to be successful."

Senior Manufacuring Associate (Current Employee) says

"The management and leadership for the manufacturing group is extremely poor at evaluating individual's performance. This results in nepotism where promotions are given to people who brown nose, are lazy, and have no process knowledge. The knowledgeable hard workers are then forced to deal with the incompetent superiors. This then causes the knowledgeable hard working employees to be overworked and poorly supported eventually ending with them burning out and quitting. Issues are not addressed in a timely manner. Manufacturing employees often have to bring up an issue half a dozen times before any progress is made on addressing the issue. If the manufacturing employee does not frequently push to have the issue addressed it will likely never be fixed. Poor management decisions are often made that overburden manufacturing employees. These decisions often request the impossible to be done by the employee or require the employee to work well into overtime.Learning opportunities due to high turnover rate of knowledgeable employeesPoor work life balance, high turnover rate of employees, haste and waste workplace"

Research Associate (Former Employee) says

"Good Projects, Poor management, Not Rewarding Invention / Hard Work / "Out Side the Box" Thinking, Denying Credit when it is Due"

RA (Former Employee) says

"Do not work for this company when you have a chronic health condition. No one will understand, there will be no support, and the tedium of repetitive tasks will kill you from the inside out."

Director (Former Employee) says

"Liked the CEO but middle management was the issue. They didn't align with the direction and needs of the company. There was alot of favortism and unskilled colleagues who received promotions"

Senior Associate Scientific (Former Employee) says

"Very weak recruitment office in BioMarin London office. Very irresponsible person for this position. a person whom not keeping her promises and she is very politeness for people they invite for interview."

Manufacturing Associate (Former Employee) says

"Great, motivated coworkers mostly, a few bad apples ruin the culture on some shifts and aren't addressed by management. Great place to get your foot in the door. Room for advancement depends on who your boss / department is. If you work in a department with a bad reputation don't expect much of a reception from management for new ideas, even if you are successful and save the company hundreds of manhours and money. Business side has a fool-proof strategy using orphan drug status to grow company exponentially. Only problem with this are the huge growing pains - lack of experienced individuals, decrease in benefits, more corporate workplace, bloating of administrative systems used by staff for upper management to see data 100 different ways.upper management unaware or unwilling to solve problems of toxic coworkers"

Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) says

"Manufacturing work feels like you're completely replaceable... and you are! Other jobs there seem pretty stable and satisfying."


"Busy work environment with long hours. Work/life balance is not ideal but it's a good company doing good thing.Free luncheslong work hours"

Director (Former Employee) says

"Great culture and environment. People are friendly and are willing to share their experiences. The challenge is there are managers that play favorites within their teams. Lack of advancement is an issue. If you are not one of the favorites it is next to impossible to get promoted no matter what your accomplishments are.Great culture and benefitsFavoritism"

Senior Financial Accountant (Current Employee) says

"good salary new fast growing company, great job opportunities however work hours can be long due to nature of fast paced growing company. Jobs care competitive"

Executive Assistant (Former Employee) says

"BioMarin is one of the larger employers in Marin County and has a great, central location. They do amazing things for children with rare diseases. BioMarin is a good place to work overall, but it depends on your manager.Location, a mission you can believe inMore specific training needed for those with room for managerial growth/improvement" is a non-profit organization and communications forum for social activism. This website allows users a voice to share their point of view online about what sucks in the world.

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