Our Luminary Partners
We thank these extraordinary supporters for their generous contributions to the Exploratorium, year after year.
Genentech has supported the Exploratorium for more than 20 years. When we moved to our Pier 15 campus in 2013, Genentech became an early partner in our work to envision a 21st-century model for bringing life science learning to the public. A four-year research and development process, with Genentech’s support, enabled us to design a new permanent collection of more than 20 exhibits, Cells to Self: Exploring the Life Inside You
, that weaves together the fascinating story of human cells.
Currently and looking forward, Genentech is providing valuable support for our teacher professional development programs, as we develop new models for genetics education that embrace our current understanding of the human genome, and informed by the public’s increasing access to personal genomic information. Genentech also provides annual field trip funding for public school students from South San Francisco to visit the Exploratorium. Together, the Exploratorium and Genentech continue to build on our shared commitment to equitable access to science educational resources for students and teachers across the Bay Area.
The Exploratorium is proud to partner with Amgen in support of our educational mission. With its generous recent gift to the Bowes Education Center endowment, Amgen helps ensure that the Exploratorium’s education programs have a stable foundation for years to come.
William K. Bowes Jr., founding shareholder of Amgen, was a longtime champion of the Exploratorium. He served as our Board Chair for ten years, and Chairman Emeritus for nine. Bill’s generous bequest to the Exploratorium established the Bowes Education Center.
Bill was a passionate advocate of science education, and of the Exploratorium’s unique approach to cultivating curiosity and critical thinking. “Our future depends upon an unwavering commitment to making thought leaders of all of us: inquisitive, curious people of character and intellect for our communities and for our society,” he said in 2013. “This is what the Exploratorium seeks to give us, and there is not an institution on the planet better suited to deliver it.”
Today, Amgen’s philanthropic goal—“to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators”—still echoes Bill’s sentiment. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Amgen to inspire future scientists.
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