Scott M. Heimlich is vice president of the Amgen Foundation. He is responsible for the strategic management and direction of the Foundation’s science education portfolio, including the development and oversight of key initiatives at the K-12 and higher education levels. He was the principal architect and continues to lead the Amgen Scholars Program, the Foundation’s largest initiative providing undergraduates with access to research opportunities at premier educational institutions across the world. Under his leadership, the Amgen Biotech Experience transformed from a local program into a multi-site, international initiative bringing biotechnology to now 90,000 secondary students a year. Through the support of these and many other initiatives, including the new LabXchange platform with Harvard, the Foundation’s commitment to science education has grown to nearly $150 million. In addition to his focus on portfolio strategy, design, and management, he currently oversees Operations and Communications for the Foundation.
Scott also serves in other capacities, including on the Executive Committee of the national STEM Funders Network, as a Strategic Advisor to 100Kin10, and on the Corporate Leadership Council of Southern California Grantmakers. Prior to joining Amgen in 2005, he served in positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and a junior high school in Japan. He holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles.