Biogen Idec Employees Participate in Third Annual “Care Deeply Volunteer
– Over 1,900 Employees will Take Part in More Than 122 Projects in 28
WESTON, Mass. -- September 20, 2013
From building a playground in Massachusetts to spending time with multiple
sclerosis patients in Portugal, over 1,900 Biogen Idec (NASDAQ: BIIB)
employees will trade in their lab coats and computers today to participate in
the company’s third annual “Care Deeply Volunteer Day.”
For this day of service, Biogen Idec employees are given a paid day off to
volunteer at a service project in their community. This year, employees are
estimated to serve over 9,500 volunteer hours in more than 28 countries in the
communities where the company operates.
“This innovative program engages our employees in causes that help satisfy
their passion and desire to contribute to their communities, while sharing
their talents and energy in ways that aligns with our mission of caring deeply
and changing lives,” saidGeorge A. Scangos, Ph.D., CEO,Biogen Idec. “We are
proud of the positive impact we have been able to make in the communities in
which we operate and are excited that this program continues to expand. This
will be the most global Care Deeply Volunteer Day so far, with all 28 Biogen
Idec affiliate offices participating in the program in countries from
Singapore to Norway to India and beyond.”
Within the scope of Biogen Idec’s citizenship efforts, which incorporate a
focus on patients, science education and supporting the needs of local
non-profit community organizations, “Care Deeply Volunteer Day” projects
around the world include:
*In Lisbon, Portugal, employees will spend the day with multiple sclerosis
patients at the Sociedade Portuguesa de Esclerose Múltipla (SPEM).
Together, the patients and volunteers will prepare meals together.
*In Boston, employees will host a science fair for elementary school
students at the Murphy Elementary School. The science fair activities
include demonstrating chemistry’s role in making ice cream, a molecule
experiment to make “slime,” and a mock oil spill clean-up.
*In Somerville, Mass., employees will work alongside KaBOOM!, and members
of the community to build a playground that will benefit more than 200
under-served children at The Elizabeth Peabody House.
*In Raleigh, N.C., employees will glean crops and perform other gardening
tasks at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, which aims to end hunger in the
community by providing people with access to fresh food.
*In Sydney, Australia, volunteers will visit patients at Wesley Mission
Aged Care Services where they will play games and then enjoy a concert
“Great partners such as Biogen Idec enable KaBOOM! to improve the lives of
children – physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally,” said Darell
Hammond, KaBOOM! Founder and CEO. “We are honored that Biogen Idec employees
chose KaBOOM! to be a partner for one of their day of service efforts. By
building this new playground, their volunteers will help us create a safe
place for kids to play freely that will benefit generations to come.”
The Biogen Idec Foundation also supported the KaBOOM! playground project in
Somerville, Mass., through an $85,000 grant.
About Care Deeply Volunteer Day
The Biogen Idec Care Deeply Volunteer Day is part of the company’s
philanthropic focus on patients, science education, and supporting local
community needs. The program is driven by Biogen Idec’s employees who develop
unique programs that focus on having a measurable impact in their local
communities. Biogen Idec’s Care Deeply Volunteer Day was introduced across the
company’s largest locations in 2011 and rolled out globally to Biogen Idec
offices in 2012. More than 1,600 employees embarked on Care Deeply Volunteer
Day initiatives in 2012, participating in more than 80 projects in 22
countries around the world.
About Biogen Idec
Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen Idec discovers, develops and
delivers to patients worldwide innovative therapies for the treatment of
neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia and autoimmune disorders. Founded in
1978, Biogen Idec is the world's oldest independent biotechnology company.
Patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis therapies, and
the company generates more than $5 billion in annual revenues. For product
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