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MdBio Foundation Awarded $265,751 Grant from Rebuild Texas Fund

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Foundation Has Raised More Than $500,000 Since October to Bring
Mobile STEM Laboratory to Schools Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The MdBio
Foundation
, a non-profit that provides STEM education and workforce
development to underserved communities, has been awarded a $265,751
grant from the Rebuild
Texas Fund
, a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell
Foundation and the OneStar Foundation that was established to support
the rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. With
this grant, MdBio Foundation has raised more than $500,000 since October
2017, when it launched its "Learning Undefeated" initiative designed to
provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education on
its mobile laboratory to schools in southeast Texas that were damaged by
the hurricane.

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Wharton Junior High School 8th grade student, Kambree Roberts, demonstrates how to use a micropipett ...

Wharton Junior High School 8th grade student, Kambree Roberts, demonstrates how to use a micropipette onboard the MdBioLab to special guests, First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott (left), and Co-Founder and Chair of the Dell Foundation, Susan Dell (right). (Photo: Business Wire)

"Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas exactly a year ago, damaged nearly
300 schools and destroyed so many science labs and classrooms. With our
mobile STEM lab, we saw a great opportunity to help students and
teachers regain a sense of normalcy and support a high level of
instruction while the area recovered," said Brian Gaines, CEO of the
MdBio Foundation. "We are honored to receive this grant from Rebuild
Texas, acknowledging our work to date and allowing us to continue
providing STEM education in hurricane-impacted communities."

MdBio's Learning Undefeated program kicked off last November with visits
to the Port Aransas Independent School District near Corpus Christi and
the Houston Independent School District. It was initially supported by
$40,000 in contributions from Maryland companies: AstraZeneca and its
global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune; CNSI; Northrop
Grumman and VWR International.

Since then, the Learning Undefeated program has received two additional
grants from Rebuild Texas, totaling more than $465,000, and served more
than 2,300 students from South Texas schools, including Refugio,
Wharton, Houston and Port Aransas. The grant will enable the mobile lab
to visit an additional six south Texas schools for three to four weeks
each this fall in towns impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

"MdBio Foundation has been a fantastic partner of the Rebuild Texas
Fund. The team brings a wealth of knowledge, high energy and a passion
for assisting schools and communities in need along the Texas
coast. Through the partnership of Rebuild Texas Fund and MdBio
Foundation, we have been able to assist students, teachers and school
districts with their science laboratory needs as they continue to
recover from Hurricane Harvey," said Cristina Cornejo, program officer
for the Rebuild Texas Fund.

During an event yesterday, 7th and 8th grade students from the Wharton
Junior High School demonstrated a few of the STEM activities that take
place on the mobile lab, including a micropipette challenge, forensics
and DNA profiling, and a virtual reality demonstration.

"The students and teachers at Wharton Junior High School are incredibly
excited to have the mobile lab at our school for the start of our school
year," said Wharton Junior High School Principal Jerrell Barron. "Our
community experienced a terrible impact from Hurricane Harvey, and this
school year represents a chance to turn the page and start fresh.
Getting to do hands-on science experiments on the mobile lab is helping
students get excited about the school year, and is something they'll be
talking about for a long time."

About the Rebuild Texas Fund

The Rebuild Texas Fund is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan
Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, established to support the
rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The
Rebuild Texas Fund works alongside organizations within the impacted
communities that are making an impact in the following six focus areas:
community and economic development; health; housing; education and
childcare; transportation and workforce; and capital for rebuilding
small businesses. The Rebuild Texas Fund will continue to fund projects
and organizations within these areas through the end of 2019. Funding
through the Rebuild Texas Fund is provided to eligible nonprofit,
government, corporate, and philanthropic organizations working on the
ground in Texas communities that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.
More information about the Rebuild Texas Fund is available at www.rebuildtx.org.

About MdBio Foundation

MdBio Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides innovative,
effective and experiential science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development opportunities to
underserved communities. MdBio's interdisciplinary approach uses STEM to
explore a real-world, problem-centric curriculum that bridges school,
community, health and business. The foundation's flagship program is a
mobile laboratory for high schools that has provided quality educational
experiences to more than 170,000 students since its launch in 2003.
MdBio also operates other celebrated STEM education programs, such as
the Young Science Explorers Program for middle school students, the
Maryland BioGENEius Award, and ATLAS: Advancing Tomorrow's Leaders in
STEM college and career symposium. Visit www.mdbiofoundation.org
or follow on social media @MdBioFoundation.

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