Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award 2010
James C. Mullen: Award Recipient
The recipient of the 2010 Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award is James C. Mullen. In 2003, Mr. Mullen began his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Biogen Idec, a global leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative therapies. Patients worldwide benefit from the company’s significant products that address diseases such as lymphoma, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Biogen Idec employs close to 4,700 associates worldwide. Mr. Mullen joined Biogen in 1989 and quickly moved up its corporate ladder. Prior to working there, Mr. Mullen held various positions at SmithKline Beckman Corporation (now GlaxoSmithKline plc). Mr. Mullen is a member of the Board of Directors of PerkinElmer Inc. and the Harvard Medical School’s Biomedical Science Careers Program. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.B.A. from Villanova University.
Part of James Mullen’s vision for this leading biotechnology firm has been an ongoing commitment to science education in the local schools. Two examples of this commitment are The Community Lab and the Biogen Idec Foundation.
The Community Lab at Biogen Idec is an innovative program that is designed to help middle and high school students discover a passion for the life sciences and biotechnology. Scientists and teachers lead the instruction and offer insights on working at the company. Biogen Idec employees also volunteer as lab assistants, speakers and mentors. Since 2002, more than 20,000 students have worked with the Community Labs in both Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Diego, California. The company will soon be expanding the program to help promote science and technology with youth in China.
The Biogen Idec Foundation supports projects that emphasize science literacy and encourage young people to explore careers in science. The Foundation supports projects in Biogen Idec’s geographic operating areas — Cambridge/Greater Boston, Massachusetts; San Diego, California; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (Research Triangle Park); and also several national science education programs such as the U.S. Biology Olympiad. The Foundation also offers an Academic Matching Gift program, under which donations by Biogen Idec employees and their Board of Directors to qualified institutions of higher education in the United States (or United States affiliates of international universities) are matched dollar-for-dollar, to a maximum of $5,000 per employee per institution per year.
The Office for Diversity and Community Partnership is thrilled to have James C. Mullen join our impressive and expanding roster of Ruth M. Batson Social Justice Award recipients.