What is ABE?
Amgen Biotech Experience
Inspiring The Scientists of Tomorrow
The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an innovative science education program that introduces secondary school students to the excitement of scientific discovery. ABE provides secondary school teachers with the loan of research-grade equipment, supplies, curriculum and professional development at no cost.
The Amgen Biotech Experience began nearly 30 years ago through a unique collaboration of Amgen scientists and educators with a passion for sharing the joy of science and discovery. With the vision to bring the excitement of biotechnology to the fingertips of students, they developed a robust curriculum that is
now available in 22 regions across the globe.
The program is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, United Kingdom, Japan, Turkey, and the United States.
In 2013, the Amgen Foundation joined forces with Education Development Center, a global nonprofit organization with deep experience and expertise in science education, to establish a Program Office to support and strengthen the program worldwide.
The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery. Each year, 90,000 students and 1,500 science teachers participate in this program and have the opportunity to explore the methods scientists use to create biotechnology medicines. The reach of the program has been extraordinary, with nearly 800,000 students to date having experienced the fundamentals of biotechnology across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
ABE San Francisco/Bay Area
ABE San Francisco/Bay Area is one of eight program sites in the United States. ABE San Francisco serves teachers in all nine Bay Area Counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). All secondary school teachers within these counties are eligible to be trained on the ABE curriculum and receive all necessary materials to implement the curriculum in their classrooms. The workshops, borrowing equipment, and all consumable materials are available at no cost.