Four fires – the Thomas, Rye, Creek and Skirball fires – are currently surround the greater Thousand Oaks region, where Amgen houses a biologics plant, clinical manufacturing operations and its headquarters.
Spokesperson Kristen Davis told us Amgen’s first concern is for the safety of its staff and their families.
“On Tuesday, we encouraged all non-essential staff to evacuate the Amgen Thousand Oaks campus, but the site resumed normal business operations on Wednesday,” said Davis.
“Amgen’s Emergency Operations Center is closely monitoring the wildfire situation in our area,” she added.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), both the Creek and Thomas fires, which started on Monday and Tuesday respectively, have caused mandatory evacuations to the East and West of Thousand Oaks.
Amgen’s Thousand Oaks site was issued a Warning Letter by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, citing violations in the production of its Enbrel (etanercept) monoclonal antibody (mAb) combination products.