What is ABE?

Biotechnology research and development can provide functional proteins to patients and alleviate the symptoms of certain diseases. Through the Amgen Biotech Experience labs, you will gain hands-on experience in producing a functional protein from genetically modified bacteria.

The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an innovative science education program that empowers teachers to bring biotechnology to their classrooms.

ABE provides teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools at no cost. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery. In a typical year, approximately 90,000 students and 1,500 science teachers participate in this program and have the opportunity to explore the methods scientists use to create biotechnology medicines. The reach of the program has been extraordinary, with nearly 850,000 students to date having experienced the fundamentals of biotechnology across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. 

Check out the ABE Fact Sheet and then watch this video to hear from ABE teachers and students about how the program sparks interest in science.

To learn more about biotechnology—what it is, the science involved, and how it can be used to make biotech medicines—explore an interactive introduction to biotechnology.

Total Student Participation
Teacher Participation in a Typical School Year