(19 May 2020) A world’s leading biotechnology company, Amgen Korea (General Manager: Sang Noh) announced on 19 May the donation to the Korean Red Cross (KRC) and Seoul Council on Social Welfare (SCSW) to help address the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
The contribution shows Amgen Korea’s commitment to playing its part in the fight against COVID-19 to help vulnerable groups who are left in a welfare blind spot. The funds will be put to use to provide much-needed help for public health care supports and emergency livelihood support for the vulnerable via the KRC and SCSW.
It is part of Amgen’s response at the corporate headquarters level to the global COVID-19 crisis. The company spares no effort to help the local communities through this difficult time by supporting patient-focused organizations and relief groups and to protect patients and its employees all over the world. It also provides free access to online learning programs co-developed by the Amgen Foundation and Harvard University, including LabXchange and Khan Academy, for teachers and students to continue their science education during school closures.
Kyung-seo Park, President, KRC said: ““I would like to thank all Amgen Korea employees who have constant attention to the local community and continue to engage in social contribution activities. We will continue to work hard to help and support people in all walks of life affected by COVID-19.”
Hyun-hun Kim, Chairman, SCSW said: “The funds from Amgen Korea will be directed to support vulnerable seniors in Seoul affected by COVID-19, and to address urgent needs quickly. We will always do everything we can for those who often go unnoticed in our communities to make sure their suffering is not exacerbated by COVID-19.”
Sang Noh, General Manager, Amgen Korea, said: “We are proud to be able to support vulnerable seniors who have been hit hard by the ongoing spread of COVID-19. Amgen remains committed to corporate social responsibilities as a member of our community. Our mission of serving patients is at the heart of everything Amgen does as the company unfolds various relief efforts to protect the health and safety of patients and our employees all over the world. Amgen Korea too will do our part in emergency response efforts to the COVID-19 crisis in Korea by our communities and the government.”
In the fight against COVID-19, Amgen and the Amgen Foundation committed up to 12.5 million dollars (appr. 15.5 billion won) directed to support local emergency response efforts in America and international communities in March. In addition, Amgen leverages its strong presence in biotechnology to develop a therapeutic to treat COVID-19. It recently announced strategic partnership with Adaptive Biotechnologies to discover and develop neutralizing antibodies to prevent or treat COVID-19, and contributes scientific insights with deCODE Genetics, a subsidiary of Amgen who is conducting demographic analyses aimed at helping address the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Amgen Korea was established in November 2015 to further develop Amgen’s clinical pipeline which offers a wide range of products for bone disease, cardiovascular, oncology/hematology, nephrology, inflammation, neuroscience treatment and biosimilars, as well as to provide innovative medicines to patients in Korea who are suffering from severe diseases. As a member of the biotechnical industry, Amgen Korea will continue to contribute to the development of the Korean pharmaceutical industry by carrying forward diversified and positive activities.
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