Colorado BioScience Association
Colorado BioScience Association

Colorado BioScience Association Recognizes Amgen Foundation’s $25,000 Investment in STEM Education in Colorado’s Classrooms

Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is honored to announce the Amgen Foundation’s grant of $25,000 to the Colorado BioScience Institute (CBSI) in support of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program in Colorado’s science classrooms. The RET program is an intensive, 4 week, hands-on program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for 7th-12th grade teachers.

Denver, CO, July 21, 2014 --( The Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) is honored to recognize the Amgen Foundation’s grant of $25,000 to the Colorado BioScience Institute (CBSI) in support of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, in addition to funds provided by others including The Anschutz Foundation. The announcement is made by CBSA/CBSI President & CEO April Giles, who says, “We are honored to receive these grants for our RET program and know it will make a positive impact in Colorado’s science classrooms.”

The RET program is an intensive, 4 week, hands-on program for 7th-12th grade teachers. This inaugural year, four teachers were selected to participate. The RET program places teachers in local life science companies to provide them with hands-on lab experience to bridge real-world skills to back the classroom.

The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between, industry scientists, and the local university research community by involving the teachers in real bioscience research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities.

2014 RET Hosting Companies:

Biodesix, Inc., Aurora, Boulder
Molecular diagnostics advancing personalized medicine

iC42 Clinical Research & Development, Aurora
Contract research services for integrated solutions to systems biology

Sharklet Technologies, Inc., Aurora
Engineers surface technologies (Sharklet™) that controls the growth of dangerous bacteria

Surefire Medical Inc., Westminster
Developing a novel infusion system for the interventional radiology market

The program provides experiential opportunities, along with professional development, classroom implementation planning time and authentic materials. Together, these elements provide teachers with practical knowledge and experience to enhance their content understanding and classroom practice, especially related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). “We hope to build on our first year of success and expand the program next year,” Giles explains. “There is a proven need to encourage more students in STEM - (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic) to secure our future workforce pipeline.”

About Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve patient access to quality care, and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Europe that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways, and those that provide disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit and follow us on

About Colorado BioScience Institute

The Colorado BioScience Institute (the Institute) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides biotech education, workforce and career development, innovation support and resources for life science professionals, companies, students and educators related to the bioscience industry in Colorado. For more information, visit:

About Colorado BioScience Association

CBSA is a not-for-profit organization providing services and support for Colorado's bioscience industry. With more than 350 members, CBSA actively works to promote the growth of the industry by advocating for a better business environment, growing the state's biotech workforce, fighting for policies that support a strong bioscience industry in the state, and speaking with a single voice on behalf of the industry. For more information, visit

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