Thursday, Apr 10, 2003

Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences Awards $1 Million to Science Education Programs in the Bay Area

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:

Alameda County:
Berkeley Biotechnology Education Partnership, Inc.
Chabot Space and Science Center
East Bay Biotechnology Education Partnership

Marin County:
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:

  • 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:
    San Mateo County Office of Education, Gene Connection
    Skyline College, Expanding Your Horizons Conference

    Santa Clara County:
    Andrew P. Hill High School, Biotechnology Academy
    Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education
    Santa Clara County Biotechnology Education Partnership
    Stanford University
    The Tech Museum of Innovation

    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.