■ Genzyme’s fourth-quarter profit dropped to $23.2 million, or 9 cents per share, from $86.7 million, or 31 cents, in the year-earlier period. Revenue fell 8 percent, to $1.08 billion.
In June, the company shut its Allston plant to clean up viral contamination that had been slowing production of Cerezyme and Fabrazyme. The virus was not harmful to people, but the shutdown has been costly. Production restarted in September.
For the full year, profit edged up to $422.3 million, or $1.54 per share, from $421.1 million, or $1.50, in 2008.
■ IRobot Corp., which makes military and home-cleaning robots, said fourth-quarter profit fell 5 percent - still higher than analysts expected.
Net income for the three months ended Jan. 2 was $5.1 million, or 20 cents per share, down from $5.4 million, or 21 cents. Analysts had forecast income of 16 cents per share.
Revenue rose 12 percent, to $101.7 million.
Net income for 2009 was $3.3 million, or 13 cents per share, up from $756,000, or 3 cents per share, in 2008.