The Amgen Foundation in Thousand Oaks, California, has announced an $18 million investment to expand a program that provides undergraduates with hands-on summer research opportunities at some of the world's top educational institutions.
The four-year investment will enable the foundation to expand its signature Amgen Scholars program to new host institutions in the United States, Europe, and, for the first time, Japan. Over the past eight years, the program, which was first launched in the U.S. in 2006 and expanded to Europe in 2008, has provided research opportunities to nearly twenty-five hundred undergraduate students. With the additional investment from Amgen, the program, which aims to inspire the next generation of innovators, will be available at seventeen educational institutions around the world in 2015, providing greater access and opportunity for young scientists to engage in cutting-edge research across a range of scientific fields as well as deepen their understanding of medical biotechnology. The new host institutions include the National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, ETH Zurich, the Institut Pasteur, Kyoto University, and the University of Tokyo. With the investment, the foundation's commitment to the Amgen Scholars Program now totals more than $50 million.
"We are delighted to be expanding the Amgen Scholars Program in the U.S., Europe, and Asia — and joining with educational institutions that play a critical role in training tomorrow's scientists," said Amgen chairman and CEO Robert A. Bradway. "As a society we are entering an exciting new era in biotechnology that will be shaped by new genetic research tools, more sophisticated medicines, and advanced manufacturing processes. With this new era comes greater demand for talent, expertise, and critical thinking."