Thursday, May 23, 1996
South San Francisco, Calif. -- May 23, 1996 --Genentech, Inc. (NYSE: GNE) announced today that it will donate $25,000 to Solano Community College in support of the college's planned biotechnology education program.
The donation will enable the college to purchase equipment that fulfills the requirements of training students in its new curriculum. To ensure that the college's laboratories will house some of the latest technology available, Genentech has committed to working closely with the program's representatives to choose what type of equipment will be purchased.
"Genentech's donation will enhance our biotechnology program and will provide our students the opportunity to perform cutting-edge science in a college environment," said Stan Arterberry, president of Solano Community College. "The college is appreciative and looks forward to continuing our partnership."
Genentech also has agreed to sponsor Solano Community College Professor James D. DeKloe as a Visiting Scientist at Genentech's South San Francisco headquarters this fall. DeKloe, a professor of biological sciences, will have the opportunity to gain familiarity with cell culture and protein purification technology. This will enable the college to better design curriculum for the new biotechnology program, which is expected to be fully implemented and available to students in fall 1997.
Genentech's $25,000 donation and sponsorship of Professor DeKloe represent the company's continuing commitment to support science education in Solano County.
"As a new member of the Vacaville community, it's important for us to actively support local science education efforts," said Frank Jackson, general manager of the Vacaville facility. "We're pleased we can play a role in this important new program at Solano Community College and look forward to other opportunities in the future."
Construction began on Genentech's 300,000 square foot, $200 million manufacturing facility in the Vaca Valley Business Park in September 1995. The facility is expected to be completed in 1998.
Genentech began its commitment to Solano County science education in October 1994 when the company donated $50,000 to the Vacaville Unified School District to install computer equipment for use by teachers and students. In October 1995, Genentech donated $10,000 to the Travis Unified School District for the same purpose. Genentech also linked Vacaville's high school biology teachers to its $10 million national science education program called Access Excellence, enabling them to access their peers and experts across the country. The company provided special training for the teachers so they can actively participate in the program. Through Team NIE (Newspapers in Education), Genentech provides newspapers to Vacaville classrooms to help local students recognize the importance of science in current events.
Genentech, Inc. is a leading international biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets human pharmaceuticals for significant unmet medical needs. The company has headquarters in South San Francisco and is traded on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol GNE.
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