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Amgen pledges support for Japan earthquake victims

16th March 2011

Amgen has pledged to contribute a financial donation to help those affected by last week's major earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The pharmaceutical company, in association with the Amgen Foundation, will distribute $1 million (622.55 million pounds) to Direct Relief International and International Medical Corps in order to aid local recovery efforts.

It has selected these two organisations based on their capacity and experience in dealing with natural disasters of this kind, with the money intended to deliver important health services and other essential help for those affected.

Amgen has a significant presence in Japan thanks to its affiliations with Kyowa Hakko Kirin, while it also operates partnerships with Takeda and Daiichi Sankyo.

Kevin Sharer, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, said: "Our sincere sympathy goes to all of those in Japan affected by this tragedy."

Last week, Amgen announced the completion of its takeover of BioVex, the biotechnology group behind the developmental cancer vaccine OncoVEX.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800464316-ADNFCR

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