Thursday, Apr 10, 2003
South San Francisco, Calif. -- April 10, 2003 --The Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences announced today that its Board of Directors has awarded 19 grants totaling $1 million to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that share the Foundation's commitment to supporting innovative science programs for local students.
"At a time when a softening economy threatens public funding for schools and community-based science education programs in the Bay Area, I am pleased that the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences can continue to support organizations that provide students with hands-on opportunities to develop intellectual curiosity about science and the natural world," said Herbert Boyer, Ph.D., Chairman of the Foundation and Genentech co-founder.
Among this year's grantees are a San Mateo County program that takes biotechnology education into 90 percent of high school science classrooms in the County; a San Jose biotechnology academy that provides lab skills necessary to enter the workforce to students traditionally excluded from higher-level science courses; and a new exhibit at the Tech Museum of Innovation dedicated to presenting the significant advances in cutting-edge genetics research and its application to human health.
"The Genentech Foundation has allowed our program to thrive in a time of great need," said Christine Case, director of the Expanding Your Horizons Conference and biology professor at Skyline College in San Bruno. "Because of the Foundation's renewed support, the Expanding Your Horizons Conference will again be able to provide even more young Bay Area women with interactive science learning experiences in an effort to actively engage them in planning and preparing for a career in the sciences."
Genentech funds the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences by providing 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:
Berkeley Biotechnology Education Partnership, Inc.
Chabot Space and Science Center
East Bay Biotechnology Education Partnership
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Marin County Office of Education, Program in Biotechnology Education, PROBE
San Francisco County:
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation
Gateway High School
National Kidney Foundation, Northern California Chapter
University of California, San Francisco: