Seeding Labs supports science that is truly global
We’re building a world with strong, sustainable scientific institutions in developing countries.
Our mission: To increase access to resources for science in developing countries
Science is a powerful tool for development. It will be essential for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals defined by the United Nations. Yet almost all of science– 80% of scientific productivity– happens in a small handful of countries that are home to only 20% of the world’s population.
That’s the world that history has shaped, but it’s not how things should be. Developing countries need science too.
At Seeding Labs, we’re working to create a world where science and the institutions that sustain it can thrive everywhere, illuminating a brighter and healthier future for all.
We believe that developing countries need strong scientific institutions for three reasons:
- A modern workforce requires quality scientific training that only well-equipped university science departments can provide. Healthcare workers, engineers, teachers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and many others need quality training in the sciences so that they can build a brighter future for their people.
- Who can participate in science impacts who is most likely to benefit from science. Scientists in developing countries have unique motivation, perspectives, and access that can and should be used to solve development-related challenges. With sufficient access to resources, they can use their skills and training to address the issues that matter most to their communities.
- Development should ideally be both locally led and evidence-based. But in order for this to happen, leaders in developing countries will need partners in the scientific community who they can trust to interpret and translate existing evidence and to collect more as needed. This need is best served by scientists living and working in developing countries.
“Our work in the field and the lab requires access to equipment that we simply did not have before. Our goals are ambitious, and they can only be achieved when we have the right instruments to follow through.”
Thabile Ndlovu, PhD
Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Chemistry, University of Eswatini
By the numbers:
Institutions Equipped Worldwide
Value of equipment provided (in US dollars)
University Students receiving Hands-on training
Researchers with expanded access to equipment
Melissa P. Wu, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
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As the CEO of Seeding Labs, Melissa connects scientists and institutions around the world to help reduce barriers to scientific discovery.
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Vice President of Operations
David is responsible for global logistics at Seeding Labs, overseeing the efficient movement of lab equipment worldwide.
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Christina Viola Srivastava
Vice President of Programs
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David Borman, PhD
Metrics & Evaluation
Our board of directors
Freedom Trail Financial
Safraz W. Ishmael
Chad R. Jackson, PhD
Board Vice Chair
Senior Director of
Preclinical and Translational Research,
Foundation Fighting Blindness
Alan C. Lee
Harvey Lodish, PhD
Professor Of Biology,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and Founding Member,
Vishal Patel, PhD
Vice President of Corporate Communications,
Global Deployment Lead For Business,
Executive Vice President,
Head Of Applied
Melissa P. Wu, PhD
CEO, Seeding Labs
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