Amgen Biotech Experience

HOW DO WE MEASURE SUCCESS? Thoughts on Soccer Goals, Social Impact, and Surgical Errors

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This question is so fundamental, and yet too often it’s not even asked by those funding and working towards social impact.

We assume it was asked and answered by someone else at some earlier time, or that this initiative with its holistic approach to the whole person can’t be reduced to a single or even set of metrics. Or maybe it’s that we simply don’t have the time and resources to build that data-driven culture that allows us to adjust our strategy and actions based on whether our indicators of success are flashing green or red.

At the Top of Their Game: Messi, Gates & Wooten Not Only Share Great Talent, but Also Opportunity & An Environment That Allowed Their Talent to Thrive

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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You know it when you see it.

Lin-Manuel Miranda transforming a book into something else entirely. Messi moving up the field with a soccer ball that moves along with him. Diamond taking 13,000 years of history – and multiple disciplines – to incredibly show us how and why societies advanced in different ways at different rates.

Talent is Universal – Opportunity is Not

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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So true. This point was eloquently driven home by the story of the eight-year-old homeless refugee who just won the New York State Chess Championship.

We need to discover and develop and harness talent, wherever it may be. And this is not happening, not in the world of chess, and not in the world of science. John Gardner aptly stated the potential when he wrote about the release of human possibilities in his wisdom-filled book On Leadership:

Reflections From South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU 2019

Written by Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation
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Day 1 (March 4, 2019)

First off, a thank you to the Lemelson Foundation for inviting me to speak at their session tomorrow on A New Paradigm for Tomorrow’s Workforce. I look forward to joining my fellow panelists from Lemelson, the Digital Harbor Foundation, McKay High School, and MIT to discuss this important issue. 

Meet the Amgen Scientist: Becky Pferdehirt, Ph.D.

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BECKY PFERDEHIRT, PH.D.

Amgen Facility: South San Francisco

Department: Business Development

Unique Journey to a Career in Biotech

Becky Pferdehirt knew she wanted to be a scientist ever since her high school biology class. Seeing a DNA band move through agarose gel got her hooked on discovery, and she became driven toward a scientific career that she hoped would “leave the world better than I had found it,” she says.

Meet the Amgen Scientist: Sung Chang

" Having a strong mentor is one of the things that is important for students to remember throughout their careers."
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SUNG CHANG

Amgen Facility: Thousand Oaks, CA

Department: Process Development

Unique Journey to a Career in Biotech

Sung Chang never dreamed he would ended up in the biotech industry. “If I look back, it was a fortunate set of events that happened, but I never imagined it,” he says.

A Local Boston Scientist Making a Big Impact in a Global Biotech World

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“My teacher is amazing. This is my second year speaking English for the first time, and she has provided me with help to improve my English skills while learning biological concepts and lab skills. She promotes multiculturalism and diversity, and she deserves some recognition for her hard work.” -Student of Mary Jo Renear at East Longmeadow High School in Western Massachusetts

Nurturing Teachers and Giving Back in Puerto Rico

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Héctor L Ayala-Del-Río recently received an unexpected thank you card: It was from a local high school science teacher, explaining that she was having a challenging time in her classroom, but how a recent event that Ayala-Del-Río and his team organized made all the difference. She had attended an Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) teacher appreciation event at the Caguas Science Center, and the act of being recognized “made her feel that everything was worth it and that she should keep going,” says Ayala-Del-Río of the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao.

Decoding the New Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Curriculum

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Science is a passion for Vivienne Watson that goes beyond her professional life as a Senior Scientist and Scientific Project Manager at Amgen. She is actively involved in outreach to students of all ages, including setting up a hands-on science night for her kids’ school when they were younger. “We really tapped into something, creating a strong community event that has continued past my involvement,” she says.

Meet Aby Rodriguez, an Amgen Biotech Experience Alumni

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ABY RODRIGUEZ

Senior Associate of Supplier Management in the Human Tissue category at Amgen

Amgen Biotech Experience Year: 2007

How the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Shaped My Educational & Professional Path 

Eleven years ago, Aby Rodriguez participated in a life-altering experience. A student at CROEM, a public boarding school in Puerto Rico that specializes in science and math, Rodriguez conducted biotech experiments for the first time through the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE).

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