This article from the San Francisco Chronicle profiles the Biotech Partners program that's been run by Bayer for the last 15 years. Created as an effort to attract kids from minority or low-income backgrounds to the biotech field, "the program has served more than 1,500 students," according to the article, and placed "862 students ... in high school internships and college co-op jobs."

 

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