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The Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation is an integral component of Amgen’s commitment to dramatically improve people’s lives. Established in 1991, it seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators. The Amgen Foundation places a strong emphasis on strengthening science education and is committed to investing in meaningful, evidence-based initiatives that make a difference at local, national, and international levels.

Inspiring the innovators of tomorrow in the UK and Ireland

In the UK and Ireland, the Amgen Foundation offers two programmes: the Amgen Biotech Experience and the Amgen Scholars Program. It also helps to support free online education platforms, such as LabXchange and the Khan Academy.

The Amgen Foundation has helped to make the excitement of science and the promise of education more accessible. Its goal is to support initiatives that will have a lasting positive impact on the futures of teachers and students.

The Amgen Foundation believes that the solutions to humanity's biggest challenges—from healthcare to the environment—will be tackled by future scientists.

These programmes aim to advance excellence in science education and inspire the next generation of innovators. This is achieved by providing students with real-world lab experiences, access to high-quality content, and supporting science teachers to enhance their skillset.

Amgen Biotech Experience

The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an innovative science education programme that empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms.

For 30 years, it has empowered secondary school science teachers to implement real-world biotechnology labs, with nearly 850,000 students around the world having experienced hands-on education through ABE because of the Amgen Foundation’s commitment to the program.

Launched in the UK in 2011, ABE is currently run in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and has reached more than 22,000 students and 442 teachers across 112 schools. The Amgen Foundation has invested more than $1.1 million in this programme in the UK alone.

The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an innovative science education programme that empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms.

For 30 years, it has empowered secondary school science teachers to implement real-world biotechnology labs, with nearly 850,000 students around the world having experienced hands-on education through ABE because of the Amgen Foundation’s commitment to the program.

Biotech Innovators Biotech Research

ABE activities are currently restricted in the UK due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, our local partners are working with schools to explore how best to deliver the programme in the short-term, including utilising the ABE virtual labs which can be found on the LabXchange platform.

In Ireland, ABE has been running since 2014 in collaboration with University College Dublin. With an investment from the Amgen Foundation in excess of $600,000, the programme has reached more than 12,000 Irish students and 190 teachers across 113 schools.

Learn more about the Amgen Biotech Experience.

Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduate students around the world each year with the opportunity to experience working in a lab alongside top scientists on their own research project.

It was first launched by the Amgen Foundation in 2006 in the U.S. and in 2008 in Europe. It has since expanded to additional locations in Asia, Canada and Australia. In Europe there are five host institutions, including the University of Cambridge in England, which also hosts the Amgen Scholars European Symposium

Scholars Program

Between 2009 and 2019, nearly 430 students from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland have participated in the program.

Successful applicants are mentored by some of the world’s leading research scientists who help them learn, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science.

During their summer projects, students analyse data, present their research results, network with peers, attend seminars and workshops, and forge new relationships that will help to shape their future careers.

A highlight of the Amgen Scholars Program is the European Symposium, hosted by the University of Cambridge. It brings together students from across the five European host institutions for three days of knowledge sharing and learning from academic scientists and people working within industry. Amgen staff also benefit from attendance at the symposium, participating in keynote speeches and roundtable discussions aimed at developing the scholars’ understanding of the biotechnology industry and the opportunities within it.

Like some other Amgen Foundation activities, the Amgen Scholars Program (ASP) was paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its place, a virtual experience called the Amgen Scholars Summer Science Series was launched to enable selected students to interact with ASP program alumni, Amgen executives, academic researchers, and biotech start-up companies.

Learn more about the Amgen Scholars Program.