Celgene Community Initiatives

We see the communities where we work and live as extensions of Celgene and are committed to creating a positive impact in each one. We’re proud that our people devote countless hours to volunteering in support of activities and events in their communities.

Celgene Signature Events

Celgene supports numerous signature events each year, including fundraising events for which Celgene provides corporate matching of employee contributions.

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ranking as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
biopharma partner for Light The Night? Walk

Light The Night? Walk is a fundraising campaign dedicated to supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its research to find blood cancer cures. In 2017, 1,089 people walked on 69 Celgene teams during the event, raising $714,933 for the Light The Night Campaign, including Celgene matching funds.

PurpleStridePurpleStride is a signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nationwide network of people dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients, and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. Celgene was the first National Presenting Sponsor of the PurpleStride events and is the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s largest corporate contributor. In 2017, more than 288 Celgene employees participated in 52 PurpleStride runs/walks.

Team NPF CycleTeam NPF Cycle was launched by the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) to raise money to provide people with psoriatic disease the services they need to live well, while funding research for a cure. In 2017, the Celgene team more than doubled in size, with riders braving rain and chilly temperatures to participate in this annual event.




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Hurricane Disaster Relief Efforts

Celgene employees are well aware of the damage a hurricane can cause, as our own corporate headquarters was impacted for more than a week in the fall of 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. As good corporate citizens, we believe we have a responsibility to support those in need around the world.

In 2017, Celgene provided support for communities hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Celgene provided support following hurricane Harvey in Houston

Celgene provided relief after hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico

Promoting STEM Education

Celgene supports the Sol J. Barer Scholarship in Life Sciences, named after Celgene’s former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The award helps students recognized as superior academic performers who are preparing for careers in the life sciences industries. Five scholarships are available through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.

Celgene is also a four-year member of Change the Equation, a collaboration between education and business that aims to ensure that all students are literate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Change the Equation’s members actively advocate STEM policies and practices across the U.S.

In addition, Celgene supports and actively participates in the STEM program at the Governor’s School of New Jersey. This initiative provides funding for workshops, seminars, and opportunities within the STEM fields for more than 50 students a year.

Celgene has continued to support the Entrepreneurs in Clinical Academia (ECA) initiative, part of the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies. ECA offers medical academics in Europe the ability to learn more about the drug development process and to understand the value of innovative research from the laboratory to the marketplace. This course is delivered by the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), a globally renowned business school, and is supported by an educational grant from Celgene.

Students 2 Science Program

Since 2013, Celgene’s Product Development organization has supported Students 2 Science (S2S), a model New Jersey program whose mission is to inspire, motivate and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in STEM subjects. Our support has come primarily from the Celgene employee volunteers who staff the S2S Technology Center and guide students through experiments in a real laboratory setting. Celgene also makes an annual financial donation to the program.

The S2S program is held during the school year, with Celgene employees staffing the program’s experimental lab for six sessions each year. About 10 Celgene employees volunteer for a full day to staff each of those sessions. The volunteers act as mentors and lab assistants to motivate and guide the students through experiments assigned by S2S.

Learn more about our community initiatives on our latest Corporate Responsibility Report