NOVATO, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN ) announced today the appointment of William D. Young and Kenneth M. Bate to its Board of Directors.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome William Young and Kenneth Bate to our Board of Directors. With experience, vision and proven strength in leadership and execution, they are both exceptionally qualified to take on this important role in the company," said Pierre Lapalme, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BioMarin. "With four products on the market and six product candidates in the clinic by early next year, BioMarin is the busiest it has ever been, and I am confident that Mr. Young and Mr. Bate will serve as valuable leaders and contributors to the growth of the company during this exciting time."
Mr. William D. Young is a Venture Partner at Clarus Ventures of San Francisco and Boston. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of Biogen Idec in January 2010 and began serving as a Director of IDEC Pharmaceuticals in 1997. From 1999 to October 2009, Mr. Young was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Monogram Biosciences, Inc., a pioneer in the field of personalized medicine. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Young served as Chief Operating Officer of Genentech, Inc. Mr. Young joined Genentech in 1980 as Director of Manufacturing and Process Sciences and became Vice President in 1983. He was promoted to various positions and, in 1997, became Chief Operating Officer, taking on responsibility for all development, operations and sales and marketing activities. Prior to joining Genentech, Mr. Young was with Eli Lilly & Co. for 14 years. Mr. Young holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a M.B.A. from Indiana University and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Purdue University. He is also a Director of Theravance, Inc. Mr. Young was elected to the Na