Tonight, we are excited to host “Positively Instrumental,” an event honoring our donors and awardees of the 2016 Instrumental Access program. The impressive university departments selected for the program will be announced during the event, and we will also honor outstanding corporate donors that make our Instrumental Access program possible.
Of the 67 applicants to Instrumental Access, Seeding Labs selected 16 exceptional university departments to receive donated lab equipment. The group represents the most talented global scientists in the developing world who will leverage donated equipment for positive impact in their regions and beyond.
The universities are located in 11 countries: Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia. Their research interests are broad—from agriculture to pharmacy—and include nutrition, climate change, energy, water safety, drug discovery, infectious disease, cancer, and more. We will be introducing our 16 new partners next week!
Science is global; disease pandemics, hunger and malnutrition, and natural disasters are threats to the whole world. Instrumental Access is helping to ensure the scientific workforce that tackles these threats is also global, that it can collaborate regardless of geographic distance, and that it has the right tools that are needed to do life-changing research.
In addition to Instrumental Access awardees and supporters, Seeding Labs will recognize five outstanding corporate donors at the Positively Instrumental event. Awards will be presented for Corporate Engagement, Most Valuable Donation in 2015, Most Donations in 2015, and Most Instrumental 2015, a special award recognizing one company’s longstanding support of Seeding Labs. We will be announcing the honorees next week!
These life sciences and manufacturing corporations—all of whom have a presence in Massachusetts—have provided critical support to advance Seeding Labs’ efforts to remove barriers to scientific discovery in the developing world.
“This is an important year for Seeding Labs, our network of scientists, and our donors,” says Seeding Labs founder and CEO Nina Dudnik. “We look forward to the opportunity to thank our corporate partners who helped us achieve our best year of equipment donations in Seeding Labs’ history. We are also thrilled to introduce to the dedicated global scientists who will use donated equipment to make meaningful scientific advances.”
Dudnik will speak at the event, along with Kingdom Kwapata, PhD, Lecturer in the Department of Biotechnology at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi, and Annica Wayman, PhD, Division Chief for the Research Partnerships for Development Team in the US Global Development Lab at USAID (a funder of Seeding Labs). The event emcee is Ari Daniel Shapiro, PhD, science reporter and multimedia producer for NOVA and public radio.
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