Amgen, the biotech giant based in Thousand Oaks, announced that it would buy out joint venture Kirin-Amgen, which was created to develop white blood cell booster Neupogen among other projects, for $780 million. The joint venture holds intellectual property rights for Neupogen, Neulasta, Aranesp, Nplate and brodalumab. In addition to the cash deal, Amgen will Read More →
CVS Health will no longer cover Thousand Oaks-based Amgen’s Neupogen on its standard drug plan in 2017, favoring the biosimilar Zarxio from Novartis. CVS, which is the second largest benefits manager behind Express Scripts and also owns the largest chain of drug stores in the U.S., said Aug. 2 it will choose biosimilar drugs over Read More →
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Despite increased competition from biosimilars and blockbuster mergers by its rivals, Amgen revenues rose 8 percent to $21.67 billion in 2015 from $20.06 billion in 2014. Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen released its fourth-quarter earnings after markets closed on Jan. 28. Quarterly revenues were also up 4 percent to $5.54 billion in 2015 from $5.33 Read More →
Amgen, the giant biotech company based in Thousand Oaks, saw its shares drop 2 percent to $149.23 on Sept. 3 after its rival Novartis launched a drug similar to Amgen’s that costs 15 percent less. Novartis’ Zarxio and Amgen’s Neupogen both help chemotherapy patients battle infections by increasing the production of white blood cells. The Read More →