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Amgen Korea Signed a MOU with Seoul Science Center to Invigorate Life Science Education for Children and Youth

  • The MoU is expected to help the two organizations to leverage their respective expertise in fundamental science in making basic research, such as biology and genetics, more accessible to the public and providing opportunities for students to develop their career in science
  • In the ‘Grow up, Bio up’ campaign, they will constantly offer virtual experiment platforms for life science and hands-on science programs to children and youth

December 1, 2020 (Seoul) – Amgen Korea announced on 1st of December that it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Seoul Science Center to cooperate in the ‘Grow Up, Bio Up’ campaign, designed to give children and youth in Korea greater access to life science education and more opportunities to develop their career in science. The signing ceremony was held on November 30, 2020, via virtual conference.

The Grow Up, Bio Up campaign is based on cooperation between the two organization, which have been renowned for their respective expertise in fundamental science, to make basic research, such as biology and genetics, more accessible to the public and provide more opportunities for children and youth to find their career path in science, so that they can become future scientists with strong capabilities in life science. The MoU becomes effective between 2020 and 2022, and Amgen Korea will provide physical support and human resources necessary to operate the program, while the center takes responsibilities for the entire range of operation ranging from planning the curriculum to developing the platforms through running the programs.

Under the MoU, between 2020 and 2021, there will be a project to develop a non-contact hands-on experiment online platform, which will serve as a venue for virtual experiment programs. This platform, which will embody Amgen’s commitment to R&D, described as ‘Biology First’, and the center’s motto of ‘A center of Basic Science for Youth’, will enable children and youth to virtually experience biology experiments. In addition, in 2022, there will be a ‘Grow Up, Bio Up’ camp for children and youth, where they can physically experience various biology experiments as well as science exhibition tours.

“We are thrilled to work with the Seoul Science Center to present a new campaign, ‘Grow Up, Bio Up’ campaign, where children and youth can experience the potential of life science. We hope this cooperation could bring more science geniuses to the next generation of our future science leaders,” said Sang Noh, General Manager, Amgen Korea. “Amgen Korea continues to put priority on life science in our commitment to R&D, which empowers us to bring more innovative biomedicines to patients in Korea. We will keep our constant effort to expand the base of science education and culture that dates back to the Creative Science Camp, which we launched in 2018 to give children opportunities to have fun with science, as a way to fulfil our responsibilities as a corporate citizen.”

“I believe that cooperation with a company renowned for its expertise in life science will help us to develop a new science education program that will give more fun and greater understanding of fundamental science to students,” said Lee Jeong-gyu, Director, Seoul Science Center. “Based on our expertise in science education, we will expand channels for education both online and offline and work with more companies to arouse interest in biology among students.”

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