Funding

Celgene Corporation supports a variety of programs and initiatives that offer support to healthcare providers, patients, and their caregivers. At Celgene, we are committed to creating a positive impact in each of the communities where we work and live. We’re proud that our people devote their time and effort to volunteering in support of activities and events in their communities.

Our Support Principles

Celgene is sensitive to the legitimate interests of various stakeholders, including employees, communities, healthcare providers and organizations that operate in the areas of Celgene businesses. Funding provided to organizations may be made in response to a funding request or proactively at the discretion of the company.

Compliance

Celgene is committed to conducting business in compliance with and all applicable federal and state laws and regulations all Celgene policies, American Medical Association (“AMA”) Guidelines on Gifts to Physicians, the AMA Ethical Opinion on Continuing Medical Education, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”) code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (“ACCME”) Standards for Commercial Support, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regulations and guidance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) guidance.

Types of Support

Celgene defines funding requests into certain categories which can differ from the terminology used by requesting organizations. To avoid delays in reviewing a funding application, it is important that requestors understand Celgene’s categories as described below. To apply for funding from Celgene, please click below to determine which type of support may be appropriate based on the nature of the request:

Healthcare Related Donations

Celgene will consider donation support for events for external, independent non-profit organizations that share the Company’s goal of bettering the lives of patients, their families, and caregivers, and advancing healthcare.

This includes non-profit organizations such as those that offer health care activities, seek to improve general access to care and patient support, support programs aimed at enhancing education.

Events include, but are not limited to:

  • Patient education programs and events
  • Runs/walks
  • Galas/fundraising dinners

In order for Celgene to provide healthcare-related donation funding, Celgene typically receives no (or insignificant) tangible benefits in return for such support. This lack of tangible benefit distinguishes donations from sponsorships (click here to learn about sponsorships). Tangible benefits are defined by Celgene as significant benefits such as a product booth, product theater or product advertising opportunities, and do not include typical recognitions of support such as an inclusion of a name or logo or corporate advertisement in a program.  Celgene name recognition, including in print materials, seats to a gala, or registrations for a walk, are not considered tangible benefits pursuant to Celgene’s definitions.

In the event tangible benefits are to be provided as part of a donation request, such request may be considered a Sponsorship if it meets other criteria as described below.  In other cases, Celgene may disclaim the proposed tangible benefits to ensure that the requests fits within the donation definition.

Celgene will not provide donation funding for events that have occurred in the past.  Celgene expects that requests for donation funding for projects and organizations will be solicited from multiple sources.  Celgene will not provide donation funding for support of gifts, entertainment, social events, or any other types of expenses prohibited under state gift ban laws or the PhRMA Code of Ethics for Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

Donation applications generally require the following information to be included as part of a request:

  • detailed information regarding the purpose of the requested support and explaining how that purpose will be achieved, including the anticipated time frame;
  • proof of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code;
  • recent W-9 Form;
  • for all requests, a detailed budget for the program or activity (such budget shall include sufficient information to determine what percent of the event or program Celgene is being asked to support. For example, total budget should be stated if Celgene is asked to support a portion of the program. The detailed budget provided as part of a request should typically be sufficiently itemized so as to allow for Celgene to understand how anticipated expenses were projected (e.g. from a time and rate perspective with respect to services rendered by the requestor or obtained from third parties, and on a per-person basis for any food, travel and accommodation costs or similar pass-through expenses). Use of Celgene budget templates is encouraged, but not required.

Charitable & Philanthropic Donations

Celgene Charitable & Philanthropic support is focused on humanitarian and social programs, science education, and community giving.

Celgene takes a strategic approach to Charitable & Philanthropic giving by focusing on support for organizations whose mission is aligned with our priority giving areas including, but not limited to:

  • Civic and community programs or projects that enhance the quality of life in the community
  • Health and science education initiatives
  • Health and human service programs that promote health education, access to care or disaster relief/prevention

In order for Celgene to provide charitable and philanthropic donation funding, Celgene typically receives no (or insignificant) tangible benefits in return for such support.  Tangible benefits are defined by Celgene as significant benefits such as a product booth, product theater or product advertising opportunities, and do not include typical recognitions of support such as an inclusion of a name or logo or corporate advertisement in a program.  Celgene name recognition, including in print materials, seats to a gala, or registrations for a walk, are not considered tangible benefits pursuant to Celgene’s definitions.

In the event significant tangible benefits are to be provided as part of a donation request, such request may be considered a Sponsorship if it meets other criteria as described below.  In other cases, Celgene may disclaim the proposed tangible benefits to ensure that the requests fits within the donation definition.

Celgene will not provide donation funding for events that have occurred in the past.  Celgene expects that requests for donation funding for projects and organizations will be solicited from multiple sources.   Celgene will not provide donation funding for support of gifts, entertainment, social events, or any other types of expenses prohibited under state gift ban laws or the PhRMA Code of Ethics for Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

Donation applications generally require the following information to be included as part of a request:

  • detailed information regarding the purpose of the requested support and explaining how that purpose will be achieved, including the anticipated time frame;
  • proof of tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code;
  • recent W-9 Form;
  • for all requests, a detailed budget for the program or activity (such budget shall include sufficient information to determine what percent of the event or program Celgene is being asked to support). For example, total budget should be stated if Celgene is asked to support a portion of the program. The detailed budget provided as part of a request should typically be sufficiently itemized so as to allow for Celgene to understand how anticipated expenses were projected (e.g. from a time and rate perspective with respect to services rendered by the requestor or obtained from third parties, and on a per-person basis for any food, travel and accommodation costs or similar pass-through expenses). Use of Celgene budget templates is encouraged, but not required.

Sponsorships

Celgene will consider sponsorship opportunities that support the Company’s goal of advancing healthcare and improving patient outcomes and that offer Celgene tangible benefits in the form of significant corporate or product promotional opportunities in exchange for funding. These tangible benefits distinguish sponsorships from donations (click here to learn about donations). To qualify for Sponsorship funding from Celgene, a meeting must have a bona fide educational/scientific/medical purpose and related to disease states in which Celgene has an approved product or is actively pursuing clinical research.

In all instances, the meeting organizer must maintain full control of planning, faculty and speakers, content development and implementation of the educational, scientific and/or medical program. The program content must be non-promotional, objective and balanced. Celgene does not sponsor events and programs that are intended for members of a specific practice and are not broadly advertised to other potential attendees.

The following types of entities may be eligible to receive a sponsorship:

  • Academic Institutions
  • Professional Associations
  • Patient Advocacy Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Medical Societies
  • Third-party Meeting Organizers

Examples of tangible benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Significant product and/or company promotional opportunities
  • Journal advertisements for products
  • Banner advertisements

Celgene will not provide sponsorship funding for events that have occurred in the past.  Celgene expects that requests for sponsorship funding will be solicited from multiple sources.  Celgene will not provide sponsorship funding for support of entertainment, social events, or any other types of expenses prohibited under state gift ban laws or the PhRMA Code of Ethics for Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

Events for which the primary purpose is education of healthcare professionals on narrow healthcare topics are typically eligible for support through Medical Education Grants (as described below) and should not be submitted for sponsorship funding.  Annual meetings and general therapeutic area subject matter meetings may be considered for sponsorship funding so long as significant tangible benefits are offered to multiple potential sponsors.

Sponsorship applications require the following information to be included as part of a request:

  • the nature of the event/program to be funded, including a general description of the proposed attendees and number of attendees expected, and the healthcare topics to be discussed;
  • recent W-9 Form; and
  • documentation of the tangible benefits offered to Celgene by virtue of the sponsorship and confirmation that the benefits are offered to other manufacturers.

For sponsorship requests exceeding $2,000, budget documentation is required. This documentation can be high-level, indicating how the proposed sponsorship funds will be used (e.g. venue fees, faculty and support, hospitality and food).

For Sponsorship requests exceeding $5,000, more detailed budget is required. The detailed budget provided as part of a request at this level should typically be sufficiently itemized so as to allow for Celgene to understand how anticipated expenses were projected (e.g. from a time and rate perspective with respect to services rendered by the requestor or obtained from third parties, and on a per-person basis for any food, travel and accommodation costs or similar pass-through expenses). Use of Celgene budget templates is encouraged, but not required.

Corporate Memberships

Celgene will consider general funding of organizations in exchange for direct tangible benefits to Celgene, including membership in the organization. Direct tangible benefits generally constitute more than general corporate acknowledgment or recognition and should be clearly specified as part of the funding application.

Examples of Memberships include, but are not limited to:

  • National Societies
  • State Societies
  • Trade Associations
  • Public Policy Organizations

Celgene will not provide corporate membership funding for support of entertainment, social events, or any other types of expenses prohibited under state gift ban laws or the PhRMA Code of Ethics for Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

Corporate Membership applications require the following information to be included as part of a request:

  • the primary purpose of the organization, including a general description of its mission, activities, etc.;
  • documentation of the tangible benefits offered to Celgene and confirmation that the corporate membership benefits are offered to other manufacturers;
  • available levels of corporate membership and associated tangible benefits, if applicable; and
  • a list of the organization’s current or prior year’s corporate members and/or a website URL where such information is made publicly available.

Exhibits

Exhibit funding is provided specifically for the receipt of certain tangible benefits (e.g., exhibit booth, product theater) at scientific/medical meetings or other activities. Exhibit funding is to be provided at fair market value for the tangible benefit(s) received by Celgene.

Medical Education Grants

Medical education grant funding is provided for educational activities (live and/or enduring) for HCPs, typically in response to unsolicited requests from providers. These activities serve to maintain, develop, or increase the scientific knowledge or skills that an HCP uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.

In addition to Medical Education Grants, this application process will also consider the following Medical activities:

  • Medical/Clinical Fellowships
  • Young Investigator/Research Awards
  • Other Scientific Events (Non-medical education meetings/events dedicated to scientific exchange on research topics)