Foundation commits $450,000 to Festival over next three years
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The North Carolina Science Festival (NCSF) announced today that the Biogen Idec Foundation will increase its commitment to NCSF through a new sponsorship that will help sustain the festival for the next three years. The Biogen Idec Foundation will be recognized as “Presenting Sponsor” of the North Carolina Science Festival.
“The Biogen Idec Foundation has shown itself to be a leading supporter of science education throughout the state,” said Todd Boyette, co-founder of NCSF and director of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which produces NCSF. “They have been a key sponsor of our festival since its inception and their increased support will help us reach our goal to bring the wonder of hands-on science within reach of every North Carolinian.”
“We believe that science is for everyone,” said Joydeep Ganguly, general manager, Biogen Idec Oral Solid Dose Facility. “Nearly half a million North Carolinians have participated in Science Festival events since the festival began. We’re proud to be working with the NC Science Festival to help kids and families across the state experience the excitement of science and learn how they can change the world through science careers.”
In 2014 alone, NCSF achieved total participation of 333,789 North Carolinians in 95 counties, with 401 public events and 329 school-based events. The Biogen Idec Foundation grant will help NCSF build upon this momentum to increase participation to 400,000 North Carolinians in 2015 and to reach 1 million residents by 2020; expand the Festival’s geographic reach to every county; and offer a Festival event within a 30-minute drive of every North Carolinian.
About Biogen Idec Foundation
The mission of the Biogen Idec Foundation is to improve the quality of peoples’ lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which Biogen Idec operates. The Foundation is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting innovative STEM initiatives and strengthening efforts to make science accessible to diverse populations.
About North Carolina Science Festival
Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States and serves as a clearinghouse for hundreds of different science events, expos and programs over a two-week span annually in April. NCSF events are hosted by schools, colleges, universities, libraries, parks, businesses, museums and other sites and are designed to celebrate the economic, educational and cultural impact of science throughout the state. NCSF is produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.