Our success depends on superior scientific innovation, integrity and continuous improvement in all aspects of our business through the application of the scientific method. We see the scientific method as a multistep process that includes designing the right experiment, collecting and analyzing data and rational decision-making. It is not subjective or emotional, but rather a logical, open and rational process. Applying the scientific method in all parts of the organization is expected and highly valued.
We compete against time, past performance and industry rivals to rapidly achieve high-quality results. Winning requires taking risks. We cannot be lulled into complacency by previous achievements. Though we compete intensely, we maintain high ethical standards and demand integrity in our dealings with competitors, customers, partners and each other.
We provide value by focusing on the needs of patients. Amgen creates a work environment that provides opportunities for staff members to reach their full potential. We strive to provide stockholders with superior long-term returns while balancing the needs of patients, staff and stockholders.
We are relentless in applying the highest ethical standards to our products, services and communications.
Every job at Amgen is important and every Amgen staff member is important. We attract diverse, capable and committed people and provide an environment that fosters inclusion, respect and individual responsibility and values diversity. Trust is strengthened through personal initiative and by obtaining quality results rapidly.
Quality is a cornerstone of all of our activities. We seek the highest-quality information, decisions and people. We produce high-quality products and services. Quality is woven into the fabric of everything we do.
Our teams work quickly to move scientific breakthroughs from the lab through the clinic to the marketplace and to support other aspects of our business. Diverse teams working together generate the best decisions for patients, staff and stockholders. Our team structure provides opportunities for Amgen staff to impact the direction of the organization, to gain broader perspective about other functions within Amgen and to reach their full potential.
Leaders at Amgen seek input and involve key stakeholders in important decisions. In gathering input, strong leaders will welcome diverse opinions, conflicting views and open dialogue for serious consideration. They will clearly communicate decisions and rationales openly and in a timely manner. Once a decision is made, the leader and members of the team will all be accountable for the results and for implementing the decision rapidly.
Amgen's medicines have the ability to make a profound difference in the lives of patients with serious illnesses—and we believe patients should have access to them. Amgen advocates for policies and practices that make our medicines available to all patients for whom these therapies are appropriate. In some cases, this means providing direct assistance to patients who cannot otherwise afford our medicines.
Our products are generally available to insured patients in the U.S. with some form of co-pay assistance, and we have established a nonprofit foundation that helps qualifying uninsured patients access Amgen medicines at no cost. Our patient assistance foundation has supported hundreds of thousands of patients over the years.
We've also developed a series of support programs and networks for patients so that no patient has to face the journey alone. From prevention to diagnosis to survivorship, we've funded and developed programs to provide credible resources and education.
Our work would not be possible without the efforts of diverse staff members who have dedicated themselves to living Amgen's mission and values, coupled with the alignment of their work to our strategy. Our staff are the driving forces behind our ability to deliver for shareholders and patients.
Excitement and momentum are palpable at Amgen as we focus on genetic validation of high-potential targets, next-generation biomanufacturing and transformational activities that increase our agility to help us deliver new and meaningful medicines to patients. Part of our commitment to all Amgen staff members is the creation of an inclusive work environment that stresses safety, wellness and a work-life balance that encourages everyone to bring their whole self to the tasks at hand. We're proud to be featured in numerous "best employers" lists worldwide. We attract staff members who are smart, passionate and driven by work with a meaningful purpose—it's not every day or in every company that you are given the opportunity to improve lives.
While we may just be one company striving to make an impact on the world, we believe the programs we support, the young scientists we foster, the practices we encourage and the behaviors we model will help make the world a better place.