Amgen Announces Award for Science Teaching Excellence in Colorado

                       A Statewide Call for Nominations
                   Nominations Deadline: February 29, 2004

LONGMONT, Colo., Jan. 5 -- Amgen Inc. (Nasdaq: AMGN), the world's largest biotechnology company, today announced it has begun accepting nominations for the 2004 Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence in Colorado, the company's statewide recognition program for science education. Two K-12 educators who work in either public or private schools in Colorado will each receive an unrestricted $10,000 award from Amgen, and will be honored at an award dinner in May.

The Amgen teaching award first debuted in Boulder County seven years ago. In 2003, the award was expanded to include nominations of science teachers throughout the state. Amgen also conducts similar programs in California; Louisville, Kentucky; Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; and Seattle, Washington.

Anyone can nominate an educator who teaches science. The nomination letter should include: the full name of the teacher; the name and address of the school; the name of the school district; the school's phone number; the grade level taught by the science teacher; the nominator's relationship to the science teacher; the nominator's phone number; and a description of why the science teacher deserves the award. The letter should describe the teacher's attributes in the areas of creativity, teaching effectiveness, best practice development, and instructional and motivational ability.

Letters should be sent to: Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, Attn: Jessica Graziano, Amgen Inc., 4000 Nelson Road, AC-27B, Longmont, CO 80503. Nominations can also be submitted electronically, at Nominations for the award will be accepted immediately, through February 29, 2004.

Amgen is a leading global biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and markets important human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology.

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                  Mary Klem: (805) 447-6979
                  Amgen, Corporate Communications