THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen and the Amgen Foundation today announced that they will support nonprofit organizations providing medical relief and vital health services for patients affected by Hurricane Sandy. The contribution of $250,000 will support relief efforts, including $100,000 to Direct Relief International to advance its work with hundreds of clinics in the affected areas. The balance of donations will be disbursed to organizations that specifically support dialysis patients, for whom timely care is critical.
Amgen selects recipient organizations for their capacity and experience in responding to large-scale disaster relief efforts. Nonprofit partners like Direct Relief have proven their capacity to deliver aid over many decades in such times of crisis.
"This devastating storm has impacted the lives of millions of people on the East Coast," said Jean Lim Terra, president of the Amgen Foundation. "In this time of great need, we know it is essential that patients have continued access to vital medicines and treatments. It is our hope that our support, along with the generosity of other companies, will make a meaningful difference in patients' lives."
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, 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, bone disease 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 vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow us on www.twitter.com/amgen.
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 $180 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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