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Biogen Idec Announces Appointment of Nancy L. Leaming to Board of Directors

January 10, 2008 News Release

Former Tufts Health Plan President & CEO to Bring Extensive Healthcare Experience to Board


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB) today announced the appointment of Nancy L. Leaming to its Board of Directors.

“I’m very pleased that Nancy Leaming is joining our Board of Directors,” said Bruce Ross, Biogen Idec’s Chairman. “With extensive experience in the healthcare sector, Nancy has the proven business and leadership skills to help Biogen Idec drive our strategic plan forward in the years ahead.”

For twenty years, Leaming, 60, served in several executive positions at Tufts Health Plan, including President and CEO (2003 – 2005), President and Chief Operating Officer (1997-2003) and Chief Operating Officer (1986-1997). Leaming successfully led the managed care company to become a nationally recognized leader in its field, creating a strategic vision and strong corporate culture defined by product innovation, service excellence, quality and patient safety.

Leaming has served in various capacities on both commercial and non-profit boards. She is currently a member of the boards of directors at Hologic Inc., where she chairs the Audit Committee, Edgewater Technology Inc., the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.

About Biogen Idec

Biogen Idec creates new standards of care in therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs. Founded in 1978, Biogen Idec is a global leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative therapies. Patients in more than 90 countries benefit from Biogen Idec's significant products that address diseases such as lymphoma, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. For product labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please visit www.biogenidec.com.



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