Since 1990, the Amgen Foundation has contributed a total of $325 million in grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations, of which more than $175 million has gone to promoting science education globally. As the principle corporate philanthropy channel for leading biotechnology company Amgen, Inc., the Amgen Foundation advances excellence in science education, inspires the next generation, and invests in strengthening the communities where Amgen staff members live and work.

The Amgen Foundation funds the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE), a program that reimagines how high school students experience science in the classroom and, more broadly, helps expand science literacy. ABE provides hands-on molecular biology secondary school curricula, teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies at no cost to schools. More than 90,000 students and 1,500 teachers participate annually in 20 locations around the world.

EDC has served as the ABE Program Office since 2013, designing high school biotech curricula, distributing biotech lab equipment to schools, providing professional learning opportunities for teachers, and supporting the focus on equity and access. We also collect data on the effectiveness of ABE. Most recently, our team oversaw the development of Responding to a Mystery Illness, a new online curriculum created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the team is providing support to ABE sites and teachers in using virtual laboratory simulations and other resources for the ABE labs on LabXchange in cases of distance and blended learning.

We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Amgen Foundation as we help them fulfill their mission, particularly during this challenging time.