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Biogen Idec Inc. Annual Stockholder Meeting Notice
Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the
Shareholder Meeting to be Held on June 2, 2011
Under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, you are receiving this notice that the proxy materials for the annual shareholders’ 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, 2010 Form 10-K and annual report to shareholders are available at:
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  When you go online to view materials, you can also vote your shares.
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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 2, 2011, 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, FOR Proposals 2, 3 and 5 and every 1 YR for Proposal 4:
  1.   Election of Directors. Shareholders are asked to mark a vote for each of the 12 director nominees listed. If Proposal 5 is approved, the twelve director nominees numbered 1 through 12 are standing for election (to serve a one-year term). If Proposal 5 is not approved, only the four director nominees numbered 1 through 4 are standing for election (to serve a three-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, 2011.
  3.   Say on Pay - An advisory vote on executive compensation.
  4.   Say When on Pay - An advisory vote on the frequency of the advisory vote on executive compensation.
  5.   To approve an amendment to Biogen Idec’s Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation eliminating the classification of the Board of Directors.
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, 2010 Form 10-K and annual report to shareholders are also available at:
For directions to the Annual Meeting, please contact the Biogen Idec Investor Relations Department at (781) 464-2442.
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      To facilitate timely delivery, all requests for a paper copy of the proxy materials must be received by May 19, 2011.