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

"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 FoundationThe 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 internationally.

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About EDCEducation 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 civic engagement. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Learn more at

CONTACT: Amgen, Thousand Oaks Kristen Davis, 805-447-3008 (media)


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