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The Genentech Foundation

We envision a world where health and prosperity are accessible to all.

We believe one way to realize this vision is to challenge and dismantle systemic barriers to create pathways into sustainable careers in science and medicine.

COVID-19 Response

As part of our COVID-19 response, The Genentech Foundation is helping schools secure more equitable access to distance learning and critical food assistance for low-income students. For more information, read the full announcement here.

We understand that current partners are adapting during these challenging times. If you are an existing partner, please contact your Genentech representative with questions and updates. If you are unsure of who to contact, please email [email protected], and we will direct you to the appropriate person.

Who We Fund:

San Francisco State University

Building off a decade-long partnership, the Genentech Foundation is now supporting approximately 100 underrepresented and low-income students per year from freshmen through Masters-level. By providing financial and academic support as well as additional resources such as mentoring and rich research experiences, this program will enable students to complete their degrees faster, and be better positioned for success in PhD programs and their careers.

Read more about the program here.

American Chemical Society

The Genentech Foundation supports the American Chemical Society’s Bridge Project, a comprehensive program designed to increase the number of underrepresented students receiving doctoral degrees in the chemical sciences. The Bridge Project connects underrepresented students pursuing advanced degrees in chemical sciences to ACS Bridge Sites, university departments that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students receive financial and academic support as well as access to career building programs.

Read more about the program here.

UC Davis

The Genentech Foundation is the seed funder for AvenueB, a program that helps biology students transferring from community college. Students begin receiving support while still attending community college and through a cohort model they are supported throughout their transition to and enrollment at UC Davis. In addition to student support, AvenueB also includes a professional learning community that connects UC Davis faculty and administrators with faculty and administrators from the five participating community college districts to create space for collaboration and the development of best practices.

Read more about the program here.

Summer Research Scholars Program

The Genentech Foundation Summer Research Scholars Program provides funding for more than 10 top research universities to host undergraduate Genentech Foundation Scholars in summer biotech and biological science research programs. The programs source candidates from institutions including liberal arts schools, state colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who do not have access to comparable opportunities at their home institutions. Students receive a range of support including summer tuition, food, housing, travel, mentorship and student stipends. Currently, in response to the challenges students are facing and the likelihood of cancelled on-site summer research experiences due to COVID-19, we are working with our partner universities to determine the best ways to use the funds to continue to support students, such as providing virtual experiences.

College Food Program

Students cannot learn effectively if they are facing hunger insecurity. The Genentech Foundation’s partners include Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, San Francisco Food Bank, and Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to provide on-campus meal and pantry support. In response to COVID-19, we are working with our partners to provide alternate support to meet communities’ hunger and other emergency needs.