A tribute to george rathmann, amgens founding ceo (1927-2012)
Recruited by Bill Bowes, one of Amgen's founders, Rathmann possessed the kind of passion and charisma that helped build the company and attract world–class scientific talent. Regarded as one of the founding fathers of biotechnology, George had the vision to see how biotechnology could transform the practice of medicine with the mix of business and science to bring that vision to life. One of Rathmann's chief accomplishments was finding the funds Amgen needed during its start–up years. Nicknamed the "Golden Throat" by friends who admired his persuasiveness, he secured venture capital, built revenue streams through partnerships, and guided Amgen through its first public offerings.