30 Years of ABE: The Student–Teacher Bond


30 Years of ABE: The Student–Teacher Bond
Kim Barbato reuniting with Hugh Nelson
Hugh Nelson reuniting with his former student, Kim Barbato, in Thousand Oaks, CA

Hugh Nelson, a biology teacher at Newbury Park High School in Southern California, worked with leaders at Amgen to develop the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) in 1990. Even his earliest students remember how Nelson thoughtfully engaged them in the sciences, making them excited about biotechnology.

In 2019, Nelson had a surprise reunion with two of these former students, Kim Barbato and Michele Suleiman at Magen headquarters in Thousand Oaks, CA. In the video below, they recall just how Nelson inspired them to pursue the biotech field.

Both Barbato and Suleiman now work at Amgen. 

Nelson is but one of hundreds of ABE teachers who have inspired countless students to pursue the sciences and to grow in their appreciation of STEM. On the occasion of the ABE 30th anniversary, we celebrate these teachers and the impact they have made.

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