Amgen Foundation provides $25K grant to help launch CBSA teacher research program

By: InnovatioNews Tuesday July 22, 2014 0 comments Tags: Amgen Foundation, Anschutz Foundation, April Giles, Biodesix, CBSA, Denver, Surefire Medical


Colorado Bioscience Association logoDENVER - Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) announced the Amgen Foundation has provided a $25,000 grant to the Colorado BioScience Institute in support of the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program.

The Amgen grant is in addition to funds provided by other organizations, including the Anschutz Foundation, CBSA said.

"We are honored to receive these grants for our RET program and know it will make a positive impact in Colorado's science classrooms," said April Giles, CBSA/CBSI president and CEO.

The RET program is an intensive, four-week, hands-on program for seventh through 12th grade teachers. In the program's inaugural year, four teachers have been selected to participate.

The teachers are placed in local life science companies to provide them with hands-on lab experience to bridge real-world skills back to the classroom.

CBSA said the program's goal is to build long-term collaborative partnerships between industry scientists and the local university research community by involving teachers in real bioscience research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom learning.

This year's RET hosting companies include Biodesix Inc., Aurora and Boulder; iC42 Clinical Research and Development, Aurora; Sharklet Technologies, Aurora; and Surefire Medical, Westminster.

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