Amgen Posts Medical Education and Foundation Grants and Donations as Part of the Company's 'Clearly Amgen' Initiative
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2008--Amgen
(NASDAQ: AMGN) today posted to the company's Web site grants and
donations made by the Amgen Medical Education department (AmgenMED)
and the Amgen Foundation. The posting is the latest element of Clearly
Amgen, a section of the Company's Web site designed to provide clear
and easy access to Amgen's policies and practices. Grants, donations
and charitable contributions will be updated quarterly along with a
brief description of each program or project.
The company launched Clearly Amgen in December 2007. The site
features easy navigation to summaries of policies on ethical research,
clinical data disclosure, responsible marketing, and as other topics
of interest to Amgen stakeholders.
The AmgenMED and Amgen Foundation grant and donation lists, as
well as the guidelines governing these grants and donations, are the
newest addition to the Clearly Amgen section of the Company's Web
site. The lists are also accessible in the corporate giving section of
the Web site. www.amgen.com/citizenship/donation_list_overview.htlm.
AmgenMED makes donations to support independent medical education,
ancillary support for healthcare professionals in training, clinical
practice guidelines support, fellowships, fundraising or charitable
events, junior faculty awards, patient and public education programs,
pharmacy residency and professional medical society support. The Amgen
Foundation gives grants to non-profit organizations that work to
advance science education, improve quality of care and access for
patients, and create sound communities where Amgen staff live and
"We help fulfill our mission of serving patients when we provide
support for medical education, patient organizations, scientific
institutions and the community," said David Beier, Amgen's senior vice
president of Global Government and Corporate Affairs. "This support
advances science and helps patients and healthcare professionals in
many ways, from training science teachers to educating healthcare
providers about disease awareness, prevention and treatment options."
In the first quarter of 2008, the Amgen Foundation provided more
than $300,000 in grants. The Foundation also contributed more than
$980,000 in matching staff gifts to nearly 1,000 organizations.
AmgenMED made more than $11 million in donations and grants to 177
organizations that advance medicine and healthcare, promote healthcare
professional education, educate the public on disease and medical
conditions and support charitable purposes that benefit patients.
In one example of corporate giving, in the first quarter of 2008
AmgenMED contributed $100,000 to the Prevent Cancer Foundation for
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month initiatives and the 2008
Check Your Insides Out Exhibit Tour.
"Support from Amgen has enabled the Prevent Cancer Foundation to
reach millions of Americans with the life saving message that
colorectal cancer is 'Preventable, Treatable and Beatable'," said
Carolyn R. Aldige, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer
Another example of a contribution by AmgenMED during the first
quarter is $60,000 to the American Kidney Fund's "Kid"ney Kids Art &
Calendar Contest." Reaching nearly 100,000 people across the country,
the calendar is a creative educational tool that includes health tips
and information on chronic kidney disease prevention, risk factors and
organ and tissue donation options. The calendar, now in its 13th year,
provides the opportunity for pediatric kidney patients to express
themselves through artwork and submit it to a nationwide contest.
Winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C. and are honored with an
"Thanks to the generosity of Amgen, for these children it is not
just a trip but a life changing experience--for many it is the first
time they learn that they are not the only child with this disease,"
said Elizabeth Gunthert, director of corporate and foundation giving
at the American Kidney Fund. "Because of our program, the children
receive an opportunity to develop lasting friendships with other
pediatric kidney patients."
Grants and donations provided by AmgenMED and the Amgen Foundation
are compliant with federal and state laws, as well as industry and
academic codes and guidelines that govern such activities. In
addition, Amgen applies strict standards to all of our interactions
with health care professionals and other customers.
For more information about donations and grants made by AmgenMED
and the Amgen Foundation or to learn how to apply, visit
Amgen discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers innovative
human therapeutics. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen was one
of the first companies to realize the new science's promise by
bringing safe and effective medicines from lab, to manufacturing
plant, to patient. Amgen therapeutics have changed the practice of
medicine, helping millions of people around the world in the fight
against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious
illnesses. With a deep and broad pipeline of potential new medicines,
Amgen remains committed to advancing science to dramatically improve
people's lives. To learn more about our pioneering science and our
vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com.
About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation (www.amgen.com/citizenship/overview.html)
seeks to advance science education, improve patient access to quality
care, and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live
and work. Since 1991, the foundation has made nearly $110 million in
grants to local, regional, and national nonprofit organizations that
impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. It has also supported
disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.
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