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Biogen Idec Inc. Annual Stockholder Meeting Notice


Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the

Stockholder Meeting to be Held on June 8, 2012

Under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, you are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the annual stockholders’ meeting are available on the Internet. Follow the instructions below to view the materials and vote online or request a copy. The items to be voted on and location of the annual meeting are on the reverse side. Your vote is important!

This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting. The proxy statement, 2011 Form 10-K and annual report to stockholders are available at:

Easy Online Access — A Convenient Way to View Proxy Materials and Vote

When you go online to view materials, you can also vote your shares.

Step 1: Go to to view the materials.

Step 2: Click on Cast Your Vote or Request Materials.

Step 3: Follow the instructions on the screen to log in.

Step 4: Make your selection as instructed on each screen to select delivery preferences and vote.

When you go online, you can also help the environment by consenting to receive electronic delivery of future materials.



Obtaining a Copy of the Proxy Materials - If you want to receive a copy of these documents, you must request one. There is no charge to you for requesting a copy. Please make your request for a copy as instructed on the reverse side on or before May 25, 2012 to facilitate timely delivery.



Biogen Idec Inc. Annual Stockholder Meeting Notice


Biogen Idec Inc.’s Annual Meeting of Stockholders will be held at Biogen Idec Inc., 15 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, on June 8, 2012, 9:00 A.M. (local time).

Proposals to be voted on at the meeting are listed below along with the Board of Directors’ recommendations.

The Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR all nominees and FOR Proposals 2, 3, 4 and 5:

  1. Election of Directors. The twelve director nominees numbered 1 through 12 are standing for election (to serve a one-year term).

01 - Caroline D. Dorsa

   02 - Stelios Papadopoulos    03 - George A. Scangos    04 - Lynn Schenk

05 - Alexander J. Denner

   06 - Nancy L. Leaming    07 - Richard C. Mulligan    08 - Robert W. Pangia

09 - Brian S. Posner

   10 - Eric K. Rowinsky    11 - Stephen A. Sherwin    12 - William D. Young


  2. To ratify the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Biogen Idec’s independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012.


  3. Say on Pay - An advisory vote on executive compensation.


  4. To approve an amendment to Biogen Idec’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation establishing Delaware as exclusive forum for certain disputes.


  5. To approve an amendment to Biogen Idec’s Second Amended and Restated Bylaws permitting holders of at least 25% of common stock to call special meetings.

We may also act upon such other matters as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

PLEASE NOTE - YOU CANNOT VOTE BY RETURNING THIS NOTICE. To vote your shares you must vote online or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card. If you wish to attend and vote at the meeting, please bring this notice with you.



The proxy statement, 2011 Form 10-K and annual report to stockholders are also available at:

For directions to the Annual Meeting, please contact the Biogen Idec Investor Relations Department at (781) 464-2442.



Here’s how to order a copy of the proxy materials and select a future delivery preference:

Paper copies: Current and future paper delivery requests can be submitted via the telephone, Internet or email options below.

Email copies: Current and future email delivery requests must be submitted via the Internet following the instructions below. If you request an email copy of current materials you will receive an email with a link to the materials.

PLEASE NOTE: You must use the number in the shaded bar on the reverse side when requesting a set of proxy materials.


  Ø Internet - Go to Click Cast Your Vote or Request Materials. Follow the instructions to log in and order a copy of the current meeting materials and submit your preference for email or paper delivery of future meeting materials.


  Ø Telephone - Call us free of charge at 1-866-641-4276 and follow the instructions to log in and order a paper copy of the materials by mail for the current meeting. You can also submit a preference to receive a paper copy for future meetings.


  Ø Email - Send email to with “Proxy Materials Biogen Idec Inc.” in the subject line. Include in the message your full name and address, plus the number located in the shaded bar on the reverse, and state in the email that you want a paper copy of current meeting materials. You can also state your preference to receive a paper copy for future meetings.


    To facilitate timely delivery, all requests for a paper copy of the proxy materials must be received by May 25, 2012.