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Amgen's First CEO Dies

BRIEF: Amgen's First CEO Dies [Ventura County Star, Calif.]

From Ventura County Star (CA) (April 24, 2012)

April 24--George Rathmann, founding CEO of Amgen, has died, the Thousand Oaks-based biotech company said Monday. He was born in 1927.

Rathmann was Amgen’s CEO from 1980 to 1988, according to the company. He was board chairman until 1990.

In a news release, the company said his main achievements included securing funding for Amgen in its early years and helping it through its first public offerings.

"George Rathmann was a biotechnology giant and we were privileged to have him as our first CEO," current Amgen CEO Bob Bradway says in the statement.

Amgen said it recognized Rathmann’s accomplishments in 2004, when it dedicated a sculpture of him at its headquarters, and in 2005 when it created the annual George B. Rathmann award for excellence shown by staff members.

After leaving Amgen, Rathmann served as chairman and CEO of ICOS Corp., which was acquired by Eli Lilly. Amgen officials said he later held those posts with Hyseq Inc., a genomics company.


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Posted: April 2012