Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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

South San Francisco, Calif. -- May 18, 2004 --

The Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences announced today that its Board of Directors has awarded 23 grants totaling $1,061,090 to educational institutions in the San Francisco Bay Area that share the Foundation's commitment to supporting innovative science programs for students. This amount represents a 6.1 percent increase in funding as compared to the Foundation's 2003 grants.

"Since its founding in 1988, the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences has awarded millions of dollars to support biomedical science research and education in the Bay Area," said Herbert Boyer, Ph.D., chairman of the Foundation and Genentech co-founder. "We are proud that our grants continue to expand the scientific knowledge of local students, fueling their excitement to become the next generation of researchers and employees in the Bay Area's growing biomedical sciences industry."

Among this year's grantees is fourth-time grant recipient Andrew P. Hill High School Biotechnology Academy, a program in San Jose, California, dedicated to producing students with biotechnology skills necessary to enter the workforce or to continue on to institutions of higher learning.

"Given the Genentech Foundation's commitment to local science education and its continued generous support, we have been able to provide our students with a valuable after-school tutoring program over the last several of years, which has helped many of them excel in their studies," said Mary Metz, director of the Biotechnology Academy. "The Foundation's support has made a significant impact on our students' interest in the sciences and many students now see science as a possible career."

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.*
Children's Hospital and Research Center Foundation
East Bay Biotechnology Education Partnership
Math-Science Network
Mills College, Mid-Career Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation Program
National Kidney Foundation, Northern Chapter

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
San Francisco Works
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
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, School of Medicine

Sonoma County
Sonoma County Partnership for Biotechnology Education*

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

*Grant awards for these institutions are contingent upon the Foundation receiving additional information from the potential grantees.

About the Genentech Foundation for Biomedical Sciences
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 local students, including under-represented minorities and underprivileged groups.