The Community Lab

Discovering breakthrough biotechnology and exploring cutting-edge science and medicine is our mission at Biogen Idec. As part of our commitment to science education, we open our doors to local students so they can make a breakthrough of their own: Science is exciting!

The Biogen Idec Community Lab at our Cambridge, Massachusetts facility is the longest-running, hands-on corporate science lab in the nation. Our Community Lab exposes middle and high school students to hands-on, real-world science with a fun and interactive approach. More than 22,000 students in Greater Boston have passed through its doors to experience real laboratory science.

The Cambridge Community Lab, which is considered the gold standard in the industry, features a dedicated laboratory classroom where students engage in activities developed in close collaboration with the Cambridge and Somerville public school systems. The Lab offers students these eye-opening opportunities through two primary programs: Class Visits and Advanced Summer Sessions.

Biogen Idec has unveiled a second Community Lab at our Research Triangle Park facility in North Carolina. Modeled on the success of our Cambridge program, the Community Lab expansion aims to engage the next generation of STEM leaders through hands-on learning.