Amgen Announces Call For Nominations For 2013 Breakaway From Cancer® Champions

Amgen Announces Call For Nominations For 2013 Breakaway From Cancer® Champions

Four Inspirational Individuals Making a Positive Impact for Those Affected by
Cancer to be Honored at the Amgen Tour of California

PR Newswire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 8, 2013

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) today
announced the call for nominations for Breakaway from Cancer^® Champions. For
the last five years, Amgen has recognized outstanding individuals making a
difference for cancer patients and their loved ones in communities across
California through the Breakaway from Cancer initiative. Breakaway from Cancer
is designed to raise awareness of the important resources that are available
to those affected by cancer – from prevention through survivorship. Many of
these resources can be found on www.breakawayfromcancer.com, where a powerful
search tool customizes answers specific to an individual's needs.

"Breakaway from Cancer is a collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit
organizations dedicated to providing patients with the support network they
need to beat cancer," said Bob Azelby, vice president and general manager,
Amgen Oncology. "Amgen's mission is to serve patients, and we are pleased to
be able to use our sponsorship of the Amgen Tour of California to recognize
those men and women who are actively working to help others."

From Feb. 5 through Feb. 25, nominations will be accepted online to recognize
a cancer survivor, patient, caregiver or advocate for those impacted by
cancer. Four individuals – one from each of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California
communities of Escondido, Santa Clarita, Santa Barbara and Livermore – will
ultimately be selected as the Breakaway from Cancer Champions.

"When I first heard that I was selected by my community to be a Breakaway from
Cancer Champion, it reminded me of what John F. Kennedy said when asked how he
became a war hero. 'They sank my boat.' I didn't willingly choose to be
diagnosed with cancer, but rather looked within myself to handle my diagnosis
with dignity and grace," said Marilyn Luma, 2010 Breakaway from Cancer
Champion for Santa Cruz, CA. "Now, I aim to do something each year to help
make a difference." Luma is a 16-year breast cancer survivor who has
dedicated herself to "fighting the fight" and encouraging others affected by
cancer.

Breakaway from Cancer Champions will be granted special access to the 2013
Amgen Tour of California, award a jersey to a professional cyclist, be
recognized on stage and lead the Breakaway Mile through their community.
Sponsored by Amgen, the Breakaway Mile takes place at the finish line of the
Amgen Tour of California to honor the millions of cancer survivors worldwide.

Learn more about becoming a Breakaway from Cancer Champion at
www.breakawayfromcancer.com/champions or via Facebook at
www.facebook.com/BreakawayfromCancer. Healthcare professionals and employees
of Amgen, AEG, Medalist Sports, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support
Community, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Coalition of Cancer
Survivorship are not eligible.

The Breakaway from Cancer Champions will be selected via online public voting
in April.

About Breakaway from Cancer

Founded in 2005 by Amgen, Breakaway from Cancer is a national initiative to
increase awareness of important resources available to people affected by
cancer – from prevention through survivorship. Breakaway from Cancer is a
collaboration between Amgen and four nonprofit partner organizations: Prevent
Cancer Foundation, Cancer Support Community, Patient Advocate Foundation, and
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. These organizations offer a broad
range of support services complementing those provided by a patient's team of
healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit
www.breakawayfromcancer.com or follow us @BreakawayCancer on Twitter and
www.facebook.com/BreakawayfromCancer on Facebook.

About Amgen

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 and 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 our vital medicines, visit www.amgen.com. Follow us on
www.twitter.com/amgen.

CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks
Leanne Madison Kahn, 805-447-1201 (media)
Arvind Sood, 805-447-1060 (investors)

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