Dear friends of Seeding Labs,
I have always been nostalgic at New Years. This year I am especially sentimental as Seeding Labs turns 10!
Leafing through old notes and photos, I've been reliving turning points of the past decade. When I came across photos of our very first Instrumental Access shipment of equipment that filled an entire 20-foot container, I was flooded with memories.
It was a huge milestone for me and for Seeding Labs, and for the community of supporters who have helped us along the way.
As the only staff member in January 2008, I got to drive the U-Haul to pick up our first major corporate equipment donation from Biogen. I remember gingerly backing into the loading dock, wedging it into an unimaginably small space behind the building--anxious to fill the truck with tools that we could share with talented scientists overseas.
Back at Harvard University, volunteers were labeling equipment for donation "Seeding Labs - Not Trash" to make sure it came to us.
When the equipment was boxed up and ready for its new home, we had a massive celebration in our first warehouse - unheated in the December cold - with partners from Boston biotech, academia, and government, along with the Kenyan Ambassador.
Months later, I was lucky enough to be at Kenyatta University in Nairobi watching that same container being unloaded with the university Vice Chancellor, hundreds of the students and professors, and even a television news crew!
A parade welcomed the equipment, which they put to work in their new Department of Pharmacy. It helps provide hands-on training for students who after graduation, are filling a critical need for pharmacists in Kenya’s healthcare system.
I am looking back today, but I am also looking forward.
Thank you for everything we have done together over the past decade. I am enthusiastic and hopeful about all that we will accomplish together in the next 10 years!
Nina Dudnik, PhD
Founder & CEO
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