Seeding Labs Donates 12,000 Masks to Boston Healthcare Workers to Support COVID-19 Response

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Nonprofit channels 50 cases of N95 masks to Partners HealthCare to protect healthcare workers and support pandemic response

Pictured above: In the Seeding Labs warehouse, Candido Silva of Barrett Distribution Centers loads 50 cases of N95 masks for donation to Partners HealthCare.

Seeding Labs, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to strengthening global science, proudly donated 12,000 N95 masks to Partners HealthCare to arm healthcare providers in the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based healthcare system that includes Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals, is channeling the masks to their front-line healthcare workforce.

Seeding Labs’ mission is to empower every scientist to transform the world. Its flagship program, Instrumental Access, captures surplus lab equipment and supplies donated by the life sciences industry in the US and channels them to scientists in developing countries, where access to these crucial tools is limited.

The US healthcare system is facing a critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, as the coronavirus response strains supply chains.

Many calls for donations have been issued in hopes that enough PPE can be gathered from nontraditional sources until the supply chains catch up to demand.

David Qualter

David Qualter

“When we learned about the shortage of PPE, we realized we were in a position to help,” says David Qualter, VP of Operations at Seeding Labs. “We acted quickly to get these 50 cases of N95 masks from our inventory into the hands of healthcare workers who desperately need them.”

Seeding Labs’ staff of 7 worked with Partners HealthCare’s supply chain team and Barrett Distribution Centers, Seeding Labs’ logistics provider, to expedite the delivery of the 12,000 N95 masks.

Melissa P Wu

Melissa P. Wu

“Even though this type of donation is outside the scope of our normal program operations, we jumped at the opportunity to respond to our healthcare workers’ requests for support with masks during this extraordinary time,” said Melissa P. Wu, PhD, CEO of Seeding Labs. “We are grateful to all of these essential healthcare workers as they risk their health to protect us all.”

If you have PPE to donate in Massachusetts, please visit the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' COVID-19 PPE Procurement and Donation Program page here.

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