Amgen Foundation Commits $2.5 Million In New Grants To Engage 50,000 Students Each Year In The Thrill Of Scientific Inquiry

Amgen Foundation Commits $2.5 Million In New Grants To Engage 50,000 Students
                Each Year In The Thrill Of Scientific Inquiry

Innovative Program - Amgen Biotech Experience - Brings Real-World
Biotechnology Lab Experience to Students

PR Newswire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Amgen Foundation today
announced $2.5 million in new grants for the Amgen Biotech Experience, an
innovative science education program, bringing the total committed to nearly
$8 million since the program's inception in 1990. The Amgen Biotech Experience
provides a real-world biotech lab experience to middle and high schools in
Amgen's U.S. and United Kingdom (U.K.) communities and will engage more than
50,000 students this year. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a global
nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities around the world,
has also been named Program Office to oversee the program's implementation and
facilitate its continued development.

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Cutbacks in educational funding have led to limited resources for hands-on
scientific experiences in many communities, and the National Academies'
National Research Council has shown a significant connection between strong
lab experiences and teachers' abilities to generate student interest in
science. The Amgen Biotech Experienceseeks to help make this connection in
secondary school classrooms by introducing students to contemporary science
techniques, including a robust, hands-on curriculum, research-grade equipment
and comprehensive teacher training.

"By providing cutting-edge scientific experience today, students can begin to
develop capabilities to make a powerful impact on society tomorrow," said
Robert A. Bradway, chairman and chief executive officer of Amgen. "The Amgen
Biotech Experience, designed in collaboration with educators and Amgen
scientists, provides a rigorous real-world experience that helps open
students' eyes to the world of biotechnology and scientific discovery."

In 2013, the Amgen Foundation will give more than $2.5 million in grants to
community colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations that lead and
support the Amgen Biotech Experience in different regions across the country
where Amgen has a presence, including Southern and Northern California,
Colorado, Washington, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and the U.K.
The program will also be introduced in Washington, D.C., in 2014.

Since 1990, the Amgen Biotech Experience has engaged more than 300,000
students in learning molecular biology using relevant curricula, tools and
techniques. Teachers are given a hands-on, inquiry-based, biology curriculum,
in addition to a full suite of transportable, research-grade equipment and
supplies, at no cost to the participating schools. Utilizing Nobel
Prize-winning discoveries to prepare a recombinant DNA molecule that carries a
gene for red fluorescent protein, students follow many of the steps
biotechnology researchers use to produce medicines.

"I have been using the Amgen Biotech Experience in my classroom since 2008,
and it is inspiring to see how eager the students are to learn these lab
techniques. Several students have even told me they want to pursue a major in
biology after they finish the course," said Amy Welch, a biology teacher at
Brea Olinda High School in Brea, Calif. "As a teacher, my knowledge of
biotechnology lab techniques has increased immensely since I first implemented
the program and I feel that I am providing my students with skills that make
them strong scientific thinkers. Given its genuine impact, I am so thankful to
the Amgen Foundation for making this program possible."

Beginning this year, EDC will apply its deep experience in designing and
delivering high-quality science education programs to establishing a Program
Office for the Amgen Biotech Experience. Working closely with existing sites,
EDC will build on the assets of the program and implement strategies to enrich
the program, including the introduction of a new strengthened curriculum for
this school year.

"EDC has a 50-year history of sharing the excitement of science learning with
teachers and students," said Luther Luedtke, president and chief executive
officer of EDC. "We are pleased to work alongside the Amgen Foundation to
continue to make science compelling in the classroom and to encourage students
to take up science-related careers."

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The Amgen Foundation supports numerous national and international
organizations that strive to strengthen STEM (science, technology,
engineering, mathematics) education and inspire students to pursue careers in
science. To date, the Amgen Foundation has committed more than $80 million in
science education funding to nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.,
Puerto Rico and Europe.

About Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve patient
access to quality care, and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff
members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $200
million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States,
Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways,
and those that provide disaster relief efforts both domestically and

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About EDC
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a global nonprofit organization
with headquarters located outside Boston, Massachusetts. EDC's mission is to
create learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to
pursue healthier and more productive lives. EDC works with public-sector and
private partners, harnessing the power of people and systems to improve
education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications
technologies and civicengagement. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries.
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