Form 8-K



Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 13, 2005



BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



Delaware   000-26727   68-0397820

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


105 Digital Drive, Novato, California   94949
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (415) 506-6700


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)



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Item 1.01 Entry Into a Material Definitive Agreement.


On May 13, 2005, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Development, License and Commercialization Agreement with Ares Trading S.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of Serono S.A. (“Serono”), for the further development and commercialization of two BioMarin product candidates, Phenoptin (sapropterin hydrochloride) and Phenylase (phenylalanine ammonia lyase). Pursuant to the agreement, Serono has acquired exclusive rights to market the products in all territories outside the United States and Japan. The Company retains exclusive rights to market the products in the United States.


Serono will make an upfront payment of $25 million to the Company, and will make additional milestone payments of up to $232 million based on the successful development and registration of both products in multiple indications, of which $45 million are associated specifically with Phenoptin in connection with the treatment of phenylketonuria. In addition, Serono will pay BioMarin undisclosed royalties on its net sales of the products. The companies will share equally all development costs following successful completion of Phase 2 trials for each product candidate in each indication.


The Company’s press release issued on May 16, 2005 related to this transaction is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.


Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers.


As a result of the appointment by the Company’s board of directors of Jean-Jacques Bienaimé as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective as of May 16, 2005, Louis Drapeau and Jeffrey H. Cooper (who since August 2004 served as the Company’s Acting Chief Executive Officer and Acting Chief Financial Officer, respectively) resumed their positions as Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary and Vice President, Controller, respectively.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


  (a) Financial Statements of Business Acquired.


Not Applicable.


  (b) Pro Forma Financial Information.


Not Applicable.


  (c) Exhibits.


Exhibit 99.1 – Press Release of the Company dated May 16, 2005.



Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


    BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., a Delaware corporation
Date: May 18, 2005        

/s/ G. Eric Davis


G. Eric Davis,

Vice President, Corporate Counsel



99.1 Press Release of the Company dated May 16, 2005.