Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - PERSONAL FINANCE EXTRA -

An early biotech­nol­ogy com­pany, I was founded in Cal­i­for­nia in 1980 by some ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists, and I am now one of the largest in­de­pen­dent global biotech com­pa­nies. I found early suc­cess in lo­cat­ing and cloning the ery­thro­poi­etin gene. That led to my block­buster drug Epogen, which treats ane­mia re­sult­ing from chronic kid­ney dis­ease and has gen­er­ated tens of bil­lions of dol­lars in sales. I em­ploy close to 20,000 peo­ple and rake in about $23 bil­lion an­nu­ally. I went pub­lic in 1983 and my shares have posted dou­ble-digit av­er­age an­nual gains over the past 10, 20 and 30 years. Who am I? (An­swer: Am­gen)

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