Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Amgen Co-Founder, George Rathmann dies
I was a graduate student rotating through Winston Salser's lab at UCLA when Amgen was founded. I saw many of my friends leave the university for this exciting adventure. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that George Rathmann, the company's first CEO, died Sunday in Palo Alto.
"Rathmann, a chemist by training , was a co-founder of Amgen and served as its chief executive. He helped raise $19 million to fund the firm and assembled a roster of inventive, young scientists who worked in makeshift trailers in then-rural Thousand Oaks."