It can take more than 15 years to develop a medicine—and to raise an aspiring scientist. Today’s students are the researchers, physicians and healthcare innovators of tomorrow. But all too often, students of color face significant systemic, connected and compounding challenges in their education and career journeys.
That’s why Genentech and the Genentech Foundation support all stages of the education continuum, from Kindergarten to Careers, with a focus on students from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds so they are supported and empowered to pursue and thrive in careers in science and medicine.
We do this through deep partnerships, mentoring, training, resources, and grants that:
Build excitement about science with elementary and middle school students;
Scale industry-aligned career exploration in high school;
Provide wrap-around and financial support to students in undergraduate studies; and
Invest in bridge programs into graduate education in healthcare and medical fields;
Invest in promising models to recruit, retain and advance the next generation of diverse post-docs
Independent Medical Education
We also further advance excellence in medicine and healthcare through grants for independent medical education. More information about our priority areas of focus, selection criteria, and eligibility requirements for grants for independent medical education can be found here.
For far too long, Black, Latinx and other historically marginalized groups have suffered vastly disparate health outcomes and haven’t had a seat at the table in important clinical decisions. Health inequities are complex and multifaceted—related to social determinants of health, barriers to healthcare access, affordability, and quality, and strongly related to whether the healthcare workforce is diverse, inclusive and culturally and structurally competent. We believe that to make progress in addressing health equity, we must invest at multiple levels -both “upstream,” on prevention, and “downstream,” on issues related to the healthcare talent pipeline, clinical research and care delivery environments and patient and community support.
To advance a more fair and just healthcare system, we are using our giving to address some of the biggest drivers of inequity by:
We’re proud members of the communities where we live and work, and we believe we can have the greatest impact by focusing our efforts at the local level—through our charitable giving and by empowering employees to volunteer their time and talent.
Our employees are passionate about giving back, and share their skills and expertise through local partnerships with schools and community-based organizations across six of our U.S. sites (South San Francisco, Oceanside and Vacaville, CA; Louisville, KY and Hillsboro and Portland, OR). They also amplify their giving through our employee donation and volunteer matching programs.