THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today announced that the Amgen Foundation has pledged $500,000 to support victims of the Southern California wildfires. Of this commitment, $200,000 will be directed to the United Way of Ventura County to support their immediate relief efforts. The Foundation has also committed up to an additional $300,000 to support victims of the Southern California wildfires.
"These devastating fires have caused significant damage to our communities and impacted our staff who live in them. We are committed to assisting in relief efforts and are grateful for the firefighters and first responders who have put their lives in danger to protect our communities," said Cynthia M. Patton, chief compliance officer at Amgen and chair of the Amgen Foundation Board of Directors.
"During this overwhelming time, we want our friends and neighbors to know that we stand united with them now more than ever and are grateful for the support from the Amgen Foundation," said Eric Harrison, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County. "In the days and weeks ahead, we will deploy more than $1 million that has been donated already to the United Way Thomas Fire Fund to those who have experienced devastation and heartache beyond measure."
The Amgen Foundation will also match donations made by Amgen staff around the globe who wish to contribute their own funds to qualifying Southern California wildfire relief efforts.
About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated over $250 million to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. The Amgen Foundation brings the excitement of discovery to the scientists of tomorrow through several signature programs, including Amgen Scholars, Amgen Biotech Experience, and Amgen Teach. For more information, visit www.AmgenInspires.com and follow us on Twitter @AmgenFoundation.
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.
Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
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