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15 Outstanding Research Institutions Selected for Instrumental Access 2017 Program

This year's awardees for the Seeding Labs program were selected from a pool of 65 applications sent from 24 countries

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On March 22, Seeding Labs held its Positively Instrumental: Celebrating the Power of Global Science event at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge, MA. 

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The annual event gives thanks to the nonprofit’s various partners and is also the launching pad for the year’s Instrumental Access program awardees. Through the program, talented researchers in developing countries are awarded donated lab equipment that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to access. 

“Positively Instrumental was truly a night celebrating the power of global science,” said Seeding Labs founder and CEO Nina Dudnik, PhD, in a press release from the nonprofit organization. “The diverse community represented at the event was a testament to our belief that science is a global endeavor, and that the scientific community is strongest when everyone can fully and actively contribute. I’m grateful to our partners who support our work and am honored by their generosity that will help Seeding Labs catalyze research and teaching at 15 outstanding institutions worldwide this year.” 

Those 15 awardees for 2017, selected from a pool of 65 applications sent from 24 countries, include: 

From Latin America & the Caribbean 

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán: Department of Chemical Engineering, Mérida, Mexico 

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana: Department of Nanotechnology Engineering, Medellín, Colombia 

University of the West Indies: Natural Products Institute, Mona, Jamaica 

From West Africa 

Redeemer’s University: Department of Biological Sciences, Ede, Nigeria 

Université de Dschang: Department of Biotechnology, Dschang, Cameroon 

University of Lagos: Department of Cell Biology & Genetics, Lagos, Nigeria 

East & Southern Africa 

Dar es Salaam University College of Education: Department of Chemistry, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 

Moi University: Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Eldoret, Kenya

Moi University: Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Eldoret, Kenya 

University of KwaZulu-Natal: Department of Chemical Engineering, Durban, South Africa 

University of Zimbabwe: Department of Biochemistry, Harare, Zimbabwe 

From Europe & Asia 

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda: Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology Centre,Vadodara, India 

Institute of Molecular Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia 

Nong Lam University: Department of Biotechnology, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University: Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine 

Congratulations to this year’s awardees and best of luck with your research! We aim to provide more in-depth coverage of these awardees as 2017 advances. 

As for the Seeding Labs partners honored at the event, Harvard University was awarded the Sustainer Award for supporting the nonprofit since its founding, GE Healthcare Life Sciences took home the Rising Star Award for the most impactful first-time corporate engagement, and Merck (known as MSD outside the US and Canada) received the Global Catalyst Award, “in recognition of the company’s unmatched worldwide impact.”

Interested in donating lab equipment to Seeding Labs or becoming a partner? Here's the place to go!