Genzyme, the Cambridge biotechnology division of French drug maker Sanofi SA, reported positive data for an experimental drug for Gaucher disease, a rare genetic disorder that can cause swelling of the liver and spleen.
Genzyme has an existing Gaucher disease drug on the market called Cerezyme. In 2008, when Genzyme was still a public company, Cerezyme accounted for $1.24 billion in revenues, or 30 percent of total company revenues. (Cerezyme revenues in 2009 and 2010 were hurt by production problems at the company’s facility in Allston. Sanofi bought Genzyme for $20.1 billion in 2011, and Genzyme no longer breaks out drug revenues.)