AMGEN Biotech Experience
Biotechnology provides the tools and techniques for modern pharmaceutical research and drug development. Students following the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) programme explore the steps involved in creating biotechnology therapies. The programme is designed to inspire interest and develop skills in biotechnology. It provides professional learning opportunities and resources to support teachers, technicians and students in the use of ABE practical kit, resources and curriculum. It includes, free to schools:
- CPD for school and college teachers and science technicians
- loan of research-grade lab equipment so that students can explore methods that scientists use to create biotechnology medicines
- detailed teacher and student guides
- hands-on molecular biology student activities matched with key stage 4 and post-16 specifications including GCSE, A level, T level and BTec
- practical activities suitable for key stage 3 students
- teaching approaches that can help students to understand how biotechnology impacts on people's lives.
The ABE programme is international. Each year more than 90,000 students participate. The University of Hertfordshire coordinates the UK programme. The four UK hubs for professional development and kit loan are located in Cambridge, Hatfield, Hull and Norwich.
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New $12.4M commitment to ABE
ABE is expanding to reach an additional 180,000 students across 27 Amgen communities around the world over the next two years, bringing the Amgen Foundation's commitment to the program to $50M+ to date, and the cumulative program reach to 1.2M students globally.
The UK ABE programme is part of a global initiative that provides research-grade equipment loans, curriculum frameworks and training for teachers and technicians that enable students to engage in hands-on biotech experiments that would otherwise remain beyond reach for many schools. The renewed funding commitment also supports new ABE program sites in Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa.