A Day of Service with Alexion Interns


Alexion’s interns like to stay ahead of the curve. While the majority of employees will be spending Thursday, September 26th volunteering with nonprofit organizations around the globe, Alexion’s summer interns could not wait. On Wednesday, August 7th almost 30 volunteers from Alexion’s Boston headquarters spent the day at CASPAR (Cambridge And Somerville Programs for Addiction Recovery), a center for addiction recovery based in Cambridge, MA. CASPAR was founded in 1970 to meet the needs of the 10 percent of the local population that suffers from substance abuse. 

VIDEO | Cambridge Community Garden Connects Post-Millennial Children to the Earth

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Garden Stories Video Series
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Over the past eight years, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation has helped create 1,000 community gardens across America. We’ve seen firsthand how gardens transform communities, but even more so, people’s lives. Here’s the story of one of those gardens, the Cambridge Community Garden in Cambridge, New York.

View our full video series and learn more about community gardens that are transforming lives here.

Shire’s Rare in Kendall Square Event Brings Together Innovators in Rare Disease

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Did you know of 7,000 rare diseases, only 5% have treatments available?

On July 18th, Shire invited professionals local to Cambridge, MA to participate in Rare in Kendall Square: Collaborating to Advance Innovation in Rare Disease. Over 200 attendees gathered to network and weigh in on a panel discussion centered around the idea that partnerships can advance treatment options.

“Our fight against rare diseases cannot be waged alone – unique partnership models are critical,” said Flemming Ornskov, M.D., M.P.H. and CEO of Shire.

Amgen Scholars Program: Nikola Doležalová

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Host Institution: University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

Undergraduate Institution: Charles University in Prague

Hometown: Tečovice, Czech Republic

Major: Molecular biology and biochemistry

Irish Student Gets Her Heart Set on Research as an 2014 Amgen Scholar


Both Orla Hennessy’s parents were successful medical doctors, but she wasn’t sure she wanted to follow in their footsteps — especially her father’s. As an interventional cardiologist, he was often gone on 24-hour calls.

Still, when Hennessy finished high school early and at 16 was faced with a decision about what studies to pursue, she chose medicine.

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