Key moments in Genzyme's history
1981 - Genzyme founded
The company was founded by Henry Blair, formerly of the Tufts School of Medicine, as a small start-up with 20 employees. The company's first headquarters was located above a store on Kneeland Street on the edge of the city's seedy "Combat Zone."
Blair brought to Genzyme a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a drug for Gaucher's disease, a rare, debilitating enzyme disorder.
Blair would later leave Genzyme and form Biotage Inc., which would then become Dyax Corp.
Pictured: Hudson Street looking toward Kneeland Street in Boston's Chinatown.