Amgen Ecovation™ | Amgen

Amgen Ecovation™

Amgen Ecovation™ is our approach to innovative and sustainable manufacturing, which we embed into the upfront design, development and execution of all new laboratory, manufacturing and administrative buildings.

Our approach includes goals, strategies and metrics to measure and track our progress in reducing landfill waste, minimizing our carbon footprint and mitigating our overall environmental impact. For example, in new building design or upgrades of existing facilities, we seek to:

  • Achieve a standard comparable to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold.
  • Use materials and equipment to advance energy efficiency and reduce the use of natural resources.
  • Enable the potential for rooftop and campus solar panels in our building designs as well as for onsite aerobic food digesters to reduce waste sent to landfills.
  • Select construction partners based, in part, on their sustainability efforts and ability to meet or exceed our sustainability requirements.
  • Divert as much material from landfill as possible during demolition by donating surplus equipment and materials and recycling material that can't be donated.
  • Install low-flow fixtures and beneficial reuse for clear wastewater for industrial purposes.
  • Implement approaches to incorporate employee wellness into new building design, including through Fitwel®, a green building certification system that focuses on improving, enhancing and safeguarding the health and well-being of commercial space occupants. Our Ohio manufacturing site, San Francisco research and development site, and several buildings at our Thousand Oaks headquarters are Fitwel®-certified.

Amgen Ecovation™ in Our Facilities

Traditionally, commercial manufacture of biologic medicines has required more floor space than a dozen football fields and large steel bioreactors connected to miles of pipes. With advances in technology and scientific knowledge, Amgen has created a streamlined, flexible and more economical way to manufacture and package medicines that also significantly reduces our facility footprint compared to more traditional manufacturing plants. This helps conserve water and energy and greatly reduces carbon emissions and waste. Examples include our manufacturing and packaging sites in Rhode Island, Ohio and Singapore.