Community and Foundation

Biogen’s Response to the War in Ukraine

First and foremost, Biogen is heartbroken by the war in Ukraine, and stands firmly with the global community in providing humanitarian aid. Consistent with our values, the Biogen Foundation has provided a $250,000 grant as well as launched an employee giving campaign that doubles employee’s contributions to provide medical supplies, food, water, shelter, and other essential support. Our contributions to date have surpassed more than $1 million in grants, in-kind materials, volunteering, and other support.

Biogen does not have an operational footprint in Russia. Given the uniqueness of our industry and the fact that we provide life-saving medicines to people, we continue to supply some of our unique medicines to people in Russia through a collaboration with another American company.  Our portfolio notably includes SPINRAZA for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and some of our multiple sclerosis products. This approach is aligned with international law and follows Biogen’s principles of putting patients first.

We are closely monitoring this evolving situation.

 


 

The foundation of Biogen’s philosophy – Caring Deeply – can be seen in the ways we engage with the communities where we work.

At Biogen, we are dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists through our support of youth and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to being agents of positive change with lasting impact by building stronger and healthier communities.

We aspire to be a positive presence wherever we operate, demonstrated by our employee volunteerism efforts, such as Care Deeply Day, the grants we make through the Biogen Foundation and our unique, hands-on Community Labs, which have provided more than 50,000 students a hands-on introduction to the wonders of science since 2002.

 

Biogen Foundation

The Biogen Foundation supports access to science education and to essential human services for children and their families in the communities in which Biogen facilities are located. The Foundation is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting effective science education initiatives and strengthening efforts to make science education and science careers accessible to diverse populations.

Most of all, we want young people to know that through science they have the ability to change the world.

The Biogen Foundation’s grant-making programs focus on access in two areas: science education and strengthening our communities. Today, the Biogen Foundation is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that focus on providing access to:

  • Hands-on science education
  • Teacher development opportunities in science
  • College readiness and support
  • Basic social needs (child hunger, poverty, and social mobility)

The Foundation also matches Biogen employee gifts to nonprofit organizations, up to $25,000 per employee, per year. In 2018, the matching grant program contributed $1.35 million to worthy organizations ranging from disease organizations and camps for children with serious illnesses to disaster relief efforts.

 

 

Programs

U.S. Grants Program provides access to science education programs and essential human services to children and their families in the communities in which Biogen has facilities in the U.S. – specifically in Greater Boston and North Carolina.  The Foundation’s fiscal year is the calendar year and grant applications are considered on a quarterly basis throughout the year.

International Grants Program provides access to science education programs in the communities in which Biogen has facilities around the world.  Beneficiaries have included the Experimentarium in Denmark, Technorama Science Center in Switzerland and Science Lab in Germany.  Participation in the International Grants Program is by invitation only.

U.S. Employee Matching Gifts Program matches Biogen employee gifts to non-profit organizations — maximizing community benefit and demonstrating the powerful difference we can collectively make in the lives of others. The Foundation matches Biogen employee donations to eligible organizations dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000 per employee, per year.