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As the specialty care global business unit of Sanofi, we are focused on rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, immunology, and oncology. More than 30 years since we began, we remain just as committed to and passionate about advancing therapies that offer hope to patients and families.

Our approach is shaped by a long history of developing highly specialized treatments and forging close relationships with physician and patient communities. Founded as Genzyme in Boston in 1981, we rapidly grew to become one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, recognized for our pioneering development of treatments for rare genetic disorders and our innovative contributions to medical science and biomanufacturing.

Genzyme became part of Sanofi in 2011. While continuing to focus on rare diseases, we also established ourselves as a leader in the field of multiple sclerosis. In 2016, our focus expanded to include Sanofi’s programs in oncology and immunology.

Spirit of Hope - A History of Genzyme 1981-2012

As a pioneer of the biotechnology movement in the early 1980s, Genzyme has always been driven by cutting-edge science and a commitment to developing treatments for unmet medical needs. In this video, former CEO David Meeker, former CEO Henri Termeer, and patients share how Genzyme has continued to build on this foundation over the past three decades.

Our ambition is to be the industry leader in specialty care. We currently provide more than 20 treatments to patients globally, with many potential new therapies being studied in clinical trials and in Sanofi laboratories.
Driven by our commitment to patients, we strive to develop strong relationships with our patient communities, listening to their perspectives so that we can truly understand their needs. These collaborations continue to guide and motivate us as we work to push the boundaries of medicine and technology to develop new and better therapies where none existed before.

Sanofi Genzyme employees volunteering

Corporate responsibility

Pompe disease patient

Areas of focus

Scientist in the lab

Our research pipeline

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Last update: 6/2018