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Helping students realize the value of biology, life science, and invention.

Empowering a new generation of young scientists and inventors.

Join us for Biotech in Action Summer 2023!

Registration is now open!

The Biogen Community Lab and Lemelson-MIT Program invite you to participate in:
Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action: Summer 2023

This year there are two options: an in-person lab experience in Cambridge, MA and a virtual option.

Depending on the option, you will use labs or virtual labs, online learning and conferencing software, and real-time conversations with employees of both Biogen and MIT to teach you all about biotechnology and invention with a focus on multiple sclerosis. It is designed to help you:

  • Discover a passion for health sciences, biotechnology, invention and innovation
  • Experience problem-finding and problem-solving in ways that mirror the biotech, university and innovation sector
  • Expand your knowledge and laboratory skills
  • Develop skills aligned with those that are essential to the future of work
  • Identify your personal strengths and capabilities, and next steps for growth

Open to all students currently in 10th-12th grade in the U.S. and 14-18 years old globally. Priority will be given to students from low -income households and groups historically underrepresented in science.


In-Person Sessions:

Cambridge, Massachusetts Lab:

  • Session I: July 24-28
  • Session II: July 31 – Aug. 4
  • Session III: Aug. 21-25

RTP, North Carolina Lab:

  • Session I: June 12-16
  • Session II: July 24-28
  • Session III: July 31 – Aug. 4

Each in-person session meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Virtual Sessions:
  • Session I: June 20-30
  • Session II: July 11-21
  • Session III: August 8-18

All virtual sessions will run 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. (EDT), Tuesdays-Fridays (no Monday classes). Students are expected to attend the entirety of the program.

Click here to learn more and register!  
Applications for the Summer 2023 Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action: Virtual Lab close 11:59 p.m., (EDT), Friday, March 31.

Questions: Contact us at communitylab@biogen.com

About Biogen-LMIT Biotech in Action (BIA)

BIA is a program for students in grades 10-12 that fosters a passion for science and invention, especially in students underrepresented in STEM fields and disciplines.  

Online programs are offered during the summer months and across the regular school year. Students enroll as individuals and are assigned to a team. Teammates work together to complete virtual lab simulations with Labster (an online tool), prepare research posters, and consider inventions to improve the lives of others. 

Students meet and interact with many people to gain inside views of the biotech company and the institute, including:
  • Biogen employees

  • MIT faculty, staff, and students

  • Young inventors from the Lemelson-MIT Program’s (LMIT) initiatives 

 Research and data indicate that BIA helps students: 
  • Expand their knowledge of the sciences

  • Reap insights into college and career possibilities in the biological and life sciences 

 Learn more about previous Biotech in Action programs: 
About Biogen-LMIT Biotech in Action: 

The Biogen Community Lab and LMIT launched BIA in 2020 as a way of preserving a summer learning opportunity for students who could no longer attend in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. The two entities continue to collaborate on the joint offering through their commitment to empowering the next generation of young scientists and inventors. 

For more information, contact Leigh Estabrooks, LMIT’s Invention Education Officer, at leighe@mit.edu