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Amgen Foundation and Tsinghua University Join Forces to Launch Amgen Biotechnology Experience in Mainland China

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August 31, 2022

Amgen Foundation and Tsinghua University Join Forces to Launch Amgen Biotechnology Experience in Mainland China
Program allows students to experience biotechnology by moving the R&D lab into the classroom

SHANGHAI, China, (August 31, 2022) Recently, the Amgen Foundation launched the Amgen Biotechnology Experience (ABE) Mainland China partnering with Tsinghua University, marking the second collaboration between the Foundation and the renowned academic and research institution. Forty-seven Chinese students, together with six teachers from secondary schools, were selected to attend the program and partake in the “Foundations of Biotech Labs” course of ABE in Yunnan and Beijing. They will have the opportunity to gain hands-on lab experience using research-grade biotechnology equipment. Since 1990, the program has expanded to 24 locations across the globe. ABE is expected to reach nearly 1,000,000 secondary school students by the end of 2023.

ABE is designed to cultivate the next generation of scientists and innovators. The selected students will learn about the technology that scientists use to produce human therapeutics, gaining a better understanding of the role of biotechnology and the industry's potential impact on our collective future. The program divides real scientific experiments in the R&D laboratories of the world's top biotechnology companies and research institutions into relatively independent units and moves them to the school's laboratory with profound but simple explanations, allowing students to experience the hands-on science and understand how it influences their daily lives.

ABE Mainland China was established in 2021. The laboratory located at Center for Laboratory Training in Life Sciences is of an equally high standard to the facilities and instructors of the undergraduate experimental teaching program at the Life Sciences School. ABE Mainland China offers ABE’s Foundations of Biotech Labs course, which introduces the technologies and concepts of life science laboratories in relation to the exploration of recombinant DNA technology. The course focuses on 6-8 experimental curriculums, including plasmid extraction, engineering bacteria transfection, selection, culture, and modern biotechnology operations for protein purification analysis.

Irene Hsu, Vice President & General Manager of Amgen China, said at the closing ceremony of ABE Mainland China: “The development of biotechnology has greatly improved human health. That is also the driver for Amgen to unlock the potential of science and biotechnology and transform it into innovative medicines to further save lives and improve health. The Amgen Foundation, the main philanthropic arm of Amgen, believes that advancing excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators is essential to improve the lives and health of others continuously. The Amgen Foundation seeks to both improve science literacy and to cultivate the next generation of scientists through several signature programs, including the Amgen Biotech Experience, LabXchange, and the Amgen Scholars Program. On behalf of Amgen China, we hope some of these “young scientists” will grow into great scientists in the future and contribute to global human health and biotechnology development.”

“Engagement with scientific practice is key to improving students' science literacy. We are glad to begin this partnership with the Amgen Foundation once again by providing hands-on experience to local secondary students and teachers. The Amgen Biotech Experience is an innovative science education program that introduces students to the excitement of scientific discovery and builds bridges between school and real-life biosciences. During this year’s summer camp in Beijing, students will receive systematic training in experimentation, learning how to conduct insertion, screening, expression and identification of exogenous genes in engineered bacteria. With the guidance of instructors, they can experience modern biotechnology and understand what it is like at the frontier of science,” said Professor Zhang Guiyou, Tsinghua University.

Since the Amgen Foundation was established 30 years ago, the Amgen Foundation has committed more than US$40 million to the ABE program, supporting nearly 850,000 students on their scientific journey in 24 locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. In a typical year, ABE reaches approximately 90,000 students and 1,500 teachers. More than 3,100 teachers have implemented ABE in their classrooms, and more than 1,700 schools have been served.

About Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation is inspiring the next generation of scientists and future problem solvers – wherever they are. We are engaging students with diverse perspectives and backgrounds to harness the full potential of science to solve tomorrow's toughest challenges. Working in partnership with local and global partners, we are providing best-in-class science education at no cost to students. To date, the Foundation has donated over $375 million to local, regional, and international non-profit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. The Amgen Foundation brings the excitement of discovery to the scientists of tomorrow through its signature programs, including LabXchange, Amgen Scholars, and the Amgen Biotech Experience. For more information, visit www.AmgenFoundation.org and follow us on Twitter @AmgenFoundation.

About Amgen

Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing, and delivering innovative human therapeutics. This approach begins by using tools like advanced human genetics to unravel the complexities of disease and understand the fundamentals of human biology.

Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that improve health outcomes and dramatically improve people's lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world's leading independent biotechnology companies, has reached millions of patients around the world and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.

For more information, visit http://www.amgen.com and follow us on http://www.twitter.com/amgen.

About Amgen China

Amgen entered China in 2012 on a mission to serve patients by using science and biotechnology to improve health for Chinese patients and societies. With its headquarters in Shanghai, Amgen China is present in more than 100 cities across the country. In China, Amgen strives to bring innovative therapies to patients in a bid to address the huge unmet needs in in our priority therapeutic areas including cardiovascular disease, bone health, inflammation, and hematology/oncology.

For more information, visit http://www.amgen.cn and follow us on Amgen China Corporate WeChat account “安进Amgen”.

About Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 21 schools and 59 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art.

With the motto of “Self-discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder Than Words”, Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and to world development. As one of China’s most prestigious and influential universities, Tsinghua is committed to cultivating global citizens who will thrive in today’s world and become tomorrow’s leaders. Through the pursuit of education and research at the highest level of excellence, Tsinghua is developing innovative solutions that will help solve pressing problems in China and the world.