AMGEN'S CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER RESIGNSAmgen Inc. of Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Thursday announcedthat Dr. Harry F. Hixson, president and chief operating officer,has resigned from the company to pursue other interests.Hixson had been a member of Amgen's management team formore than five years, said Gordon Binder, Amgen's chairmanand chief executive officer.

Lewis T. Kontik was appointed to head the Colorado BioVentureCenter of Denver, which assists start-up biomedical companiesline up funding for research. ... BioResearch Ireland of Dublinnamed as chairman Eugene Corcoran, who heads research anddevelopment at Kerry Group plc.

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