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Biogen Employees Support Walk MS Professionally and Personally

April 9, 2015

BOSTON, MA — When more than 2,000 people step out for the annual Walk MS Boston on Sunday, April 12 there will be a sea of blue shirts bearing the new logo of Cambridge biotechnology company Biogen, the presenting sponsor for Walk MS.  Biogen develops and manufactures treatments for neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis, so it’s no surprise the company would commit to be the event’s lead sponsor.  What is impressive is the number of Biogen employees and their family members who actually walk the walk and fundraise to help people with MS.  Last year’s Biogen team had 230 members.
 
“Biogen is proud to not only be the presenting sponsor of this event, but also to walk alongside the MS community. Participation in these meaningful partnerships, as well as our dynamic patient resources, continue to show our ongoing commitment to helping people living with MS,” says Mat Hesser, Director, Patient Center of Excellence at Biogen.
 
Walk MS Boston is expected to raise more than $500,000 to support National MS Society funded basic science research to stop disease progression, restore lost function, and end MS forever at the same time it helps people with MS live their best lives through MS education, public policy advocacy, emotional support, and financial assistance.  Among those who benefit from Walk MS fundraising is Missy Sternlicht of Brookline, whose MS was diagnosed in March of 2007.  Missy is Captain of “Missy’s Marchers,” a team of 11 family and friends walking in Boston.

“To see the sea of orange shirts all walking together is both an inspiring and humbling experience,” said Sternlicht.  Walking alongside others with MS gives me incredible courage and strength to keep moving forward.”
 
WHO:  More than 2,000 walkers including Biogen employees
WHAT:  Walk MS Boston 2015
WHEN:  Sunday, April 12, 2015; 8 a.m. registration & check-in; 9 a.m. start 
WHERE:  Boston University Nickerson Field, Harry Agganis Way, Boston, MA
WHY:  Walk MS funds cutting-edge MS research and life-changing programs and services for people with MS.
 
Walk MS is presented by Biogen, with additional sponsorship from Platinum sponsor Genzyme, a Sanofi company, from Diamond sponsor EMD Serono; and from Acorda Therapeutics, Arbella Insurance Foundation, Reliant Medical Group, Abbvie, Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture, Omnova, and WCVB-TV5.  Nationally, Walk MS is sponsored by Novartis.
 
About Biogen
Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen discovers, develops and delivers to patients worldwide innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hematologic conditions and autoimmune disorders. Founded in 1978, Biogen is one of the world’s oldest independent biotechnology companies and patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis and innovative hemophilia therapies. For product labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please visit www.biogen.com.
 

About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at www.MSnewengland.org, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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