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Richard Bruton TD and Kerry Ingalls, Amgen Vice President of Regional Manufacturing at the launch



Leading biotechnology company Amgen and its philanthropic arm, the Amgen Foundation, have announced an innovative science education programme facilitated by the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute – the Amgen Biotech Experience.

The Amgen Biotech Experience provides teacher training, molecular biology resources and research grade lab equipment for loan to participating schools. The programme is coordinated by the Education & Outreach team at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute in partnership with Systems Biology Ireland at University College Dublin. It commenced in October 2014 and has reached 19 teachers and over 950 students in its pilot year.

Mr. Joseph McManus, Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, said, “The Amgen Biotech Experience is an excellent initiative that will strengthen our links with schools in the community and bring cutting-edge Irish research to classrooms.”

The Amgen Foundation also supports the Amgen Teach Programme which emphasises hands-on, enquiry-based learning, and the Amgen Scholars Programme, which advances science education by providing undergraduates with a cutting-edge summer research experience at world-class third level educational institutions.

Both programmes, together with details of the Amgen Scholars 2015 Ireland recipients, were announced at an event to mark the opening of the new $300 million Amgen facility in Dun Laoghaire on August 24th, 2015 by Minister Richard Bruton.

Commenting on the programmes, Kerry Ingalls, Amgen Vice President of Regional Manufacturing said, “All three programmes remind us that innovation to improve the lives of patients’ demands partnership between industry, government, public services and academia.”