Jim Kenney

Pepperdine University
Omet Cadre 7


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Field of Action

I work for Amgen, a biotechnology company with headquarters in Thousand Oaks, California.   Amgen was founded in 1980, and has grown to be the largest biotech company mainly from two products. 

The first was Epogen, a drug which stimulated the production of red blood cells.  It quickly became a miracle drug to patients on kidney dialysis and who suffered from anemia.  Amgen's next successful drug, Neupogen, stimulated the production of white blood cells.  Again, another miracle drug for those undergoing therapy and are suffering from a low white blood count. 

When I started at Amgen 11 years ago we were still a two product company.  We now have 7 products, including our latest major drug, Enbrel.  Enbrel has been a real breakthrough for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriasis. 

To learn more about Amgen, you can visit: http://www.amgen.com. 

It is a great site that explains all of our products.The department I work in is called POQ Training and Development.  We provide training for staff in the Process Development, Operations, and Quality organizations (POQ).  Basically, we provide training for those staff who are involved in making the products, and for all related service groups.  As you can imagine, most of the training is highly technical in nature. 

My specific group is a global team that manages the development of training materials for manufacturing sites in California, Colorado, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island and Washington.  As a curriculum designer, I currently manage the development of training materials for our site in Puerto Rico.   I oversee a team of nine contracted instructional designers, all who are developing materials for the project. I also take on other projects as time permits.  For example, I'm just completing a project developing global materials for our Autoclave equipment (mentioned in my story about change).

I really do enjoy my work and the blessing of working with so many great people.  It's only natural that my Field of Study will relate to my work in Amgen's POQ organization.