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Biogen Idec Foundation Funds Summer Teacher Internship Program At The Scripps Research Institute

LA JOLLA, CA, June 26, 2006 - The Biogen Idec Foundation has donated $25,000 to support three teachers from San Diego public schools in The Scripps Research Institute’s Summer Internship Program for Teachers.  During the eight week internship, each teacher intern will conduct basic biomedical research in a laboratory under the supervision of a Scripps Research scientist.

“Study after study has found that American schools fall short in helping students achieve scientific literacy.  A critical element in improving science education is effective teacher training,” said Jeffrey Kelly, Ph.D., the Institute’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We want to express our deep appreciation to the Biogen Idec Foundation for awarding a $25,000 grant for the first time to the Scripps Research summer internship program for middle and high school teachers.”

The Scripps Research program emphasizes the scientific process, research planning, bench experience, experimental design, data analysis and interaction with laboratory personnel. In addition to their day-to-day responsibilities, summer interns will attend specially designed programs and field trips throughout the course of the summer, and will present their work at a final program attended by faculty, family, friends, donors and school officials.

In addition to an intensive, hands-on, eight-week summer experience, teachers are expected to use the laboratory experience as a springboard to create and enhance their curriculum for their students and to become resources for other educators.

“Our mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities where we operate, with a special emphasis on innovative ways to promote science literacy and encourage young people to consider science careers,” said Kathryn R. Bloom, Director of the Biogen Idec Foundation.

“Providing teachers with up to date, real world science learning experiences fits nicely with this mission and we’re pleased to be partnering with a first-rate program and world-class institution like Scripps Research – it seemed a logical fit.”

“Local initiatives, such as this one, help develop and train the workforce of the future to help us achieve our mission of pioneering therapeutics for patients in need,” said Jim Mullen, President and CEO of Biogen Idec.

About Bioden Idec

Biogen Idec focuses on neurology, oncology, and immunology.  It is a leader in the area of multiple sclerosis; discovered and co-market the leading therapy for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and are developing much-needed treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other inflammatory diseases.  Biogen Idec has operations in Cambridge, Massachusetts; San Diego; and Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.  The Biogen Idec Foundation was established in 2004.

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute, headquartered in La Jolla, California, in 18 buildings on 40 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is one of the world's largest independent, non-profit biomedical research organizations. It stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. Scripps Research is internationally recognized for its research into immunology, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, neurosciences, autoimmune, cardiovascular, and infectious diseases, and synthetic vaccine development. Established in its current configuration in 1961, it employs approximately 3,000 scientists, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and other technicians, doctoral degree graduate students, and administrative and technical support personnel.

Scripps Florida, a 364,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art biomedical research facility, will be built in Palm Beach County. The facility will focus on basic biomedical science, drug discovery, and technology development. Palm Beach County and the State of Florida have provided start-up economic packages for development, building, staffing, and equipping the campus. Scripps Florida now operates with approximately 160 scientists, technicians, and administrative staff at 40,000 square-foot lab facilities on the Florida Atlantic University campus in Jupiter.


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