Monday, Apr 22, 2002

Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences Awards $869,411 to Support Quality Science Education in the Bay Area

South San Francisco, Calif. -- April 22, 2002 --

The Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences announced today that its Board of Directors has awarded 19 grants totaling $869,411 to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Only 15% of eighth grade students in California performed at or above the proficient level in science in a recent nationwide study[1]. The Genentech Foundation is addressing this crucial need by bringing high quality science education programs to local schools.

Proficiency in science is a fundamental component of quality education. By investing in programs that actively engage students in scientific exploration, the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences works to meet this unmet educational need,” said Herbert Boyer, Ph.D., Chairman of the Foundation and Genentech co-founder.

This year's grants include: a high school program that prepares minority and low-income students to pursue careers in biotechnology; a conference for 6th through 12th grade girls that seeks to encourage the success of women in science and math related fields; and a science program at a charter high school in San Francisco that provides investigative, laboratory-based science education to a diverse student population.

"Without the funding from the Genentech Foundation, we would not be able to provide the same level of training to our teachers, or materials and resources to our students. Because of these grants, our students are provided quality, interactive science labs that bring them into the excitement of discovery," said Dr. David Stronck, director of East Bay Biotechnology Education Partnership and board member for the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium.

The Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences is funded through a mechanism where Genentech provides to the Foundation payments and royalties from license agreements under the Riggs-Itakura family of patents.

The Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences has committed grants to the following organizations this year:

Alameda County:
Berkeley Biotechnology Education Partnership, Inc.
East Bay Biotechnology Education Partnership
Mills College, Mid-Career Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation
National Kidney Foundation, Northern Chapter

Marin County:
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Marin County Office of Education, Program in Biotechnology, PROBE

San Francisco County:
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation
Exploratorium, Traits of Life
San Francisco Unified School District, Gateway High School
University of California, San Francisco:
• Fellowship Support for Medical Student Research
• Diversity Encore Program/Summer Research Training Program
University of California, San Francisco Graduate Student's Association, Women in Life Sciences

San Mateo County:
Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, School Services Program
San Mateo County Office of Education, Gene Connection
Skyline College, Expanding Your Horizons Conference

Santa Clara County:
Andrew P. Hill High School, Biotechnology Academy
Santa Clara County Biotechnology Education Partnership
The Tech Museum of Innovation

Solano County:
Vacaville Unified School District, Life Sciences High School

Yolo County:
University of California, Davis, Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens

The Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences is an independent, nonprofit organization that supports biomedical education and research in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation supports educational programs at junior high and high schools, colleges and universities, museums, and community organizations that foster science education for under-represented minorities and underprivileged groups, and other relevant community outreach.

[1] U.S. Department of Education.  Office of Educational Research and Improvement.  National Center for Education Statistics.  The Nation’s Report Card: State Science 2000, Report for California, NCES 2002-453 CA, by C. Solomon, L. Jerry, and A. Lutkus.  Washington, DC: 2001.