Breaking Barriers to Biosimilars
Sitting Down With… Richard Markus, Vice President of Global Development, Amgen, USA.
James Strachan |
How did you get your start in pharma?
I’ve always been interested in science, especially biology, but my first job after college actually involved statistical programming in the pharma industry. As I learned more about the industry, my interest in it – and particularly in clinical research – grew. So my next step was to go back to school and earn my MD and PhD, with the expectation of going back to the field of drug development as a physician. I started working at Amgen around 11 years ago as a physician scientist. I worked with a fantastic team to develop a bone-targeting agent (XGEVA; denosumab) for cancer patients, which was in phase II trials at the time. It was a very large effort involving multiple studies in patients with different cancers, so it was an exciting way to start my career.
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