"We are working to improve the quality of life for people worldwide."
– Sandra DiCesare, Vice President, Information Systems

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Fast Facts
Revenues: $196.3M (2000)
Employees: 1,330 (2000)
Founded: 1993
Public: MLNM (Nasdaq)
Red Herring: Top 100 (1999, 2000)
Fast 50 Biotech Companies in Massachusetts
75 Sidney St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
(617) 679-7000

Computational biology. Informatics. Mining DNA. Applying the power of computers to the complexity of human genes and proteins. Sorting out the environmental factors from the genetic factors that affect an individual's ability to be and stay healthy. Addressing the cause of the disease and not just the symptoms. Industrializing drug discovery. Finding out how to identify the one to two percent of the population that may have a toxic reaction to a drug. This is the promise Millennium Pharmaceuticals holds out. A challenge with an ethical underpinning.

Says DiCesare, "We are not just focused on one area of biotechnology, like data, or genes, or drugs. Our strategy is to go from gene to patient. We want to get the right drug to the right person at the right time." As a result, the company uses not only an Information Technology (IT) group to provide the infrastructure for rapid technical deployment, but also a substantial Informatics group. This group consists mainly of scientists and software engineers who use computers for rapid analysis and correlation of the massive amounts of data thrown off by the company's research and the efforts of public organizations, like the Human Genome Project.

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