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Hugo Vargas

Amgen Inc.
Executive Director
I am an Executive Director at Amgen, and lead the Safety Pharmacology & Animal Research Center (SPARC) department. My team includes 60+ staff (Thousand Oaks, San Francisco, Burnaby BC) and we contribute actively and extensively to the entire drug discovery and development pipeline. My scientific responsibilities include preclinical safety pharmacology, profiling of preclinical candidates for treatment of cardiovascular disease, oversight for animal welfare, and strategic leadership responsibilities. I have a PhD (Pharmacology, Rutgers Grad Sch of Biomed Sci, 1983-88) and was a post-doctoral fellow (UCLA Sch of Med, 1988-91). I have held lead the Safety Pharmacology Society, and actively contribute to several drug safety consortia.