The mission of the 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.
The Foundation supports projects in our geographic operating areas – Cambridge/Greater Boston, MA; San Diego, CA and Raleigh-Durham (Research Triangle Park), NC. We also support several national science education programs, such as the U.S. Biology Olympiad. All organizations selected for Foundation support are qualified as not-for-profit agencies with tax-exempt status under section 501(c) 3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. With the exception of a few national science-education programs, we regret that we cannot support programs and agencies outside our geographic operating areas.
Our emphasis on science education reflects our Core Value of “Growth, Transformation and Renewal.” We are determined to help identify, educate and nurture the next generation of men and women who will make advances in the biomedical sciences and serve our society with courage and compassion.
The also supports an Academic Matching Gift program, under which donations by Biogen Idec employees and our Board of Directors to qualified institutions of higher education in the United States (or United States affiliates of international universities) are matched dollar-for-dollar. Contributions range between $15 to a maximum of $5,000 per employee per institution per year.