Neta Scientific Inc., a family-owned lab supply company, has reached an incredible milestone this year—Gold-level donor status with Seeding Labs. The Gold Level represents financial and equipment donations that total over $500,000.
When Neta began donating equipment to Seeding Labs in 2015, they were a growing supply company with a strong commitment to helping others in the community. They were particularly interested in supporting scientists with fewer opportunities, ensuring that they had equal access to supplies and could participate in the scientific community of research.
“Our relationship with Neta is one of the longest-lasting for Seeding Labs,” says Melissa P. Wu, PhD, CEO of Seeding Labs. “They are always finding new ways to make an impact on science in developing countries, and their donations have helped strengthen educational opportunities for so many students.”
In 2019, Neta received the Innovator Award from Seeding Labs at the annual Positively Instrumental celebration of global science. Their innovation? Becoming a bridge between Merck and Seeding Labs, ensuring coveted tools find a second life at labs where they’re needed most.
“At Neta, we have always been firm believers in Seeding Labs’ mission to empower scientific discovery in the developing world,” says Eric Toatley, Vice President of Operations at Neta. “We are focused on fostering the development of the next generation of scientists, and our long partnership with Seeding Labs has allowed us to do that in places we couldn’t reach on our own.”
Neta Scientific continues to carry their global commitment of promoting science and providing tools needed for emerging scientists through their partnership with Seeding Labs and the Instrumental Access program.
“As a family-owned company we have always tried to treat every customer with individual attention and respect,” Toatley says. “In the same way, we feel a responsibility to promote and serve all organizations and scientists, regardless of geography.”
This commitment's difference is easy to quantify: 62 departments in 23 developing countries have access to essential scientific equipment because of Neta’s donations. But numbers can never tell the whole story.
Through their years of donation, they have improved the quality of teaching and learning in every one of these departments. Take the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE) in Tanzania. Neta’s supplies and equipment have been essential for the growth of DUCE’s programs and the quality of its hands-on educational opportunities. With the right equipment in place, DUCE was able to retain more students and begin offering graduate programs in chemistry.
Through a sustained and growing commitment to supporting the next generation of scientists, Neta has played a role in giving thousands of students more hands-on education. With the proper tools at their disposal, these students are more prepared to change the world. And as a valuable partner in the Seeding Labs movement, Neta is here to help change the world, too.
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