Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory today announced the launch of the Regeneron DNA Learning Center. The new 4,700 square foot center is located on Regeneron’s Sleepy Hollow campus. The interactive educational center is equipped with two state-of-the-art teaching labs to host local middle and high school field trips during the academic year, summer camps, and semester or year-long research projects.
As the newest of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s nine total teaching laboratories, the Regeneron DNA Learning Center offers hands-on experimentation to a diverse group of local pre-college students. The goal of this program is to increase awareness, access and exposure to STEM at a young age and inspire students to pursue careers in STEM fields.
“Regeneron and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory are two prominent New York organizations with a shared belief in the power of science and the need to prepare students for STEM careers,” said George D. Yancopoulos, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer at Regeneron and a Trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. “We strongly believe that there is nothing more important to helping solve the daunting issues we face today – such as climate change, global hunger and incurable diseases – than inspiring and engaging great young scientists, including those in the Hudson Valley region. The Regeneron DNA Learning Center is one more step in that direction, and together with other efforts such as the Regeneron Science Talent Search, reflects our commitment to fostering the next generation of scientists.”
Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester who attended yesterday’s opening, said that it was a demonstration of Regeneron’s deep commitment to STEM education.
“Regeneron walks the walk when it comes to STEM education,’’ said Gordon. “They have invested millions in programs to train future generations in the sciences that not only groom the workforce of the future, but contribute to scientific advancements everywhere.’’
Regeneron invested approximately $4 million to build and outfit the new laboratories. The DNA Learning Center is an award-winning program of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is run by their educators and Ph.D. biologists who have been trained to deliver an exceptional learning experience to every student. In addition to the onsite activities, mentor training for teachers and support for in-school experiments will provide an immersive educational experience.
Caption: Regeneron President & Chief Scientific Officer George D. Yancopoulos along with Maya Ajmera, President of the Society for Science & the Public announce Regeneron ISEF