September 22, 2020

Amgen Biotech Experience: 30 Years of Innovative Science Education

Bringing real-world biotechnology to high school students worldwide

EDC joins the Amgen Foundation in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE). This initiative has supported over 3,600 science educators in engaging nearly 850,000 students across 13 countries in exploring biotech.

In 1990, Amgen scientist Bruce Wallace launched ABE to revitalize science learning, spark students’ interest in science careers, and promote scientific literacy. From its start in one California school, ABE has spread to almost 900 schools around the world—providing cutting-edge biotech equipment, curriculum, and teacher professional learning.

As ABE’s Program Office since 2013, EDC has been the Amgen Foundation’s partner in expanding and scaling the program. 2020 has seen several advances, including ABE’s launch of free resources to support science learning during COVID-19, the use of LabXchange as a virtual science learning tool, and efforts to achieve greater equity through a global survey.

Explore the following resources to learn more about ABE’s history, accomplishments, and plans for the next 30 years:

“We are so excited to celebrate the Amgen Foundation’s three decades of reinventing science education,” said Rebecca Lewis, ABE program office director. “We share their conviction that biotechnology is for everyone, everywhere, and are honored to support them as they continue to evolve the program to meet students’ and teachers’ changing needs.”