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Annie Xayachack completed her chemical engineering co-op at Genzyme.

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Annie Xayachack completed her chemical engineering co-op at Genzyme.
Annie Xayachack, chemical engineering, wants to leverage her co-op at Genzyme into a career that will save lives.

08/07/2016

Who knew that the key to treating a rare genetic disorder could be found in protein extracted from the ovarian cells of Chinese hamsters?

That’s where biotech giant Genzyme, a Sanofi company, begins the long and complicated process of producing Fabrazyme. The drug helps treat people living with a rare genetic disorder called Fabry disease, in which cells cannot break down certain fatty molecules, leading to tissue damage. It affects fewer than one in 100,000 people.

It’s the kind of mind-boggling, life-saving science that chemical engineering major Annie Xayachack wants to make her career—and what she immersed herself in during a six-month co-op in upstream purification manufacturing at Genzyme.

“I gained more knowledge than I ever imagined, like the purification process of biopharmaceuticals and how to apply Good Manufacturing Practices,” says Xayachack.

“Being part of their culture dedicated to treating rare diseases and improving lives of patients around the world ... that was the most rewarding part.”