In May of 2017, the biopharmaceutical industry suffered a tremendous loss with the unexpected passing of Henri A. Termeer, an icon of the biotech industry, a mentor to many and a staunch advocate for the rare disease patient community. Henri left behind an entrepreneurial legacy that harnesses cutting-edge science and innovation to better the lives of patients afflicted with rare genetic diseases. He forged the path for building a sustainable rare disease business, and many have followed his footsteps. At the time of his retirement from Genzyme, Henri led the company from a small start-up to 12,000 employees globally serving patients in more than 90 countries all while helping establish Massachusetts as a “mecca” of biotech.
To honor Henri’s legacy and help foster a culture of entrepreneurial excellence and impactful leadership, a number of industry, academic and community leaders have come together to form the Henri A. Termeer Tribute Committee, working closely with Belinda and Adriana Termeer. The Committee has launched a campaign to pay homage to Henri with initiatives that include renaming of the ‘North’ Plaza in Kendall Square to “Henri A. Termeer Square,” commissioning the renowned sculptor Pablo Eduardo to create a life-size statue of Henri to be installed in the Square in 2019, and establishing a mentorship and educational initiatives to prepare and develop future leaders of the biotech industry.
We are writing to solicit your support for these initiatives. As you can see, there are many levels of sponsorship with recognition benefits at higher levels. Of course, any amount would be appreciated. Contributions can be made online or check payable to MassBioEd Foundation, 300 Technology Square 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139 c/o Henri A. Termeer Tribute. If you require any additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proceeds from all donations will be used to fund the revitalization of Termeer Square, including the creation and installation of the sculpture, maintenance of the installed work, and legacy educational initiatives.
To date, we have raised over $2 million, and our final fundraising goal is $3.5 million. Your contribution and generosity in getting this effort across the finish line would be greatly appreciated. Achieving this goal will demonstrate the gratitude we feel for Henri’s pioneering leadership in the biotech industry, his advocacy for a patient community, which others considered too small to matter, and the generous support he provided in his lifetime for mentoring the next generation of biotech entrepreneur.
John and Bob
John Maraganore, CEO, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
Robert Coughlin, President and CEO, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council
Henri A. Termeer Square is located at 300 Anthenaeum Street, nestled in the heart of Kendall Square. The proposed changes to Termeer Square seek to fulfill the goals of the Henri A. Termeer Tribute Committee while also serving to enhance the experiences of visitors to the park and honor the memory of one of Cambridge’s most inspiring and impactful life sciences leaders.
Contributions are tiered as follows: