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Tips and Resources for Maximizing Your Lab Spend

Lab Manager Magazine – May 2018

Donating equipment to Seeding Labs is included as a worthwhile way to save money in the lab. Robert Lillianfeld, Director of Corporate Relations for Seeding Labs, explains there are business benefits to donation but also a connection to the organization’s mission.


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9 Amazing things to know about Redeemer’s University

Daily Family (Africa) – April 19, 2018

The two Instrumental Access awards given to Redeemer’s University in Nigeria are included in this list of 9 amazing things to know about the university.


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La Escuela de Ingeniería de la Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia ha sido seleccionada como beneficiaria en el programa Instrumental Access 2018

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia – April 10, 2018

Nuestra universidad tiene el honor de ser una de las 16 premiadas en todo el mundo al ser elegida como beneficiaria para recibir equipamiento científico en el programa de Instrumental Access  2018 del Seeding Labs.


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SUA  Department of Biosciences wins Instrumental Access 2018 award

Sokoine University of Agriculture – March 28, 2018

Sokoine University of Agriculture’s  Department of Biosciences is one of 16 outstanding research labs around the world which have been awarded scientific resources and equipment through Seeding Labs’ 2018 Instrumental Access program.


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The Future of Health: Preventing & Diagnosing Disease

Next Einstein Forum 2018 – March 28, 2018

Seeding Labs’ CEO Nina Dudnik moderated a panel on precision medicine at the 2018 Global Gathering of the Next Einstein Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.


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The overlooked research work of Africa’s best scientists will have a better chance to go global

Quartz Africa – March 28, 2018

To get more work of African scientists seen on a global platform, the Next Einstein Forum and Elsevier rolled out a pan-African, peer-reviewed, open access publishing journal called Scientific African. Seeding Labs’ CEO Nina Dudnik is quoted in the article.


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Seeding Labs Celebrates 10th Anniversary at “Positively Instrumental” Event, Honoring Donors, Instrumental Access Awardees

March 22, 2018

Sixteen outstanding research labs in developing countries around the world have been awarded scientific resources and equipment through Seeding Labs’ 2018 Instrumental Access program. Seeding Labs announced the 2018 Instrumental Access awardees at its third annual “Positively Instrumental” event held at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, Mass., on March 21.



MilliporeSigma Furthers Scientists’ Research Through Expanded Seeding Labs Partnership

February 28, 2018

MilliporeSigma today announced an expansion of its partnership with Seeding Labs to accelerate teaching and research for thousands of scientists in the developing world. MilliporeSigma will be the exclusive sponsor of the Boston-based nonprofit’s new TeleScience online platform.



MilliporeSigma Strengthens Corporate Responsibility Efforts with Nine New Signature Partnerships

February 22, 2018

Building on its commitment to accelerate scientific research and science education, MilliporeSigma announced nine partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations across the world, including Seeding Labs.



Labconco Supports Science Around the Globe by Donating Lab Equipment

February 13, 2018

At Labconco, we believe in people–the power of our people to make a difference, and the power of each piece of equipment we manufacture to enable the important work of researchers and students in laboratories in the US and around the world. We’re glad to check both those boxes in our partnership with Seeding Labs.


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Seeding Labs & Takeda Partner to Build Global Scientific Capacity

Drug Discovery & Development Magazine – January 25, 2018

As part of the company’s Access to Medicines initiative, Takeda’s R&D organization has joined forces with Seeding Labs to share expertise and much-needed tools to talented scientists around the world.



Reducing Equipment Waste and Supporting Labs in Need

LabRoots – December 14,  2017

Science requires equipment and produces waste. Some scientists with adequate funding are not reusing and recycling tools as much as they could, while labs in the developing world are struggling to maintain adequate supplies. Dr. Nina Dudnik founded Seeding Labs to address this pervasive inefficiency.


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Connecting the World of Science, One Equipment Donation at a Time

Laboratory Equipment Magazine – November  2017

Seeding Labs provides something other labs may take for granted: functional, up-to-date laboratory equipment. It seems simple, but for the labs receiving the tools—and Seeding Labs, the nonprofit that provides them—it’s not simple. It’s vital.


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Equipping the World’s Scientists with the Tools, Training, and Connections to be on the Cutting Edge of Global Discovery

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation – September 25, 2017

Through Lex Mundi, Seeding Labs has had a decade-long partnership with Foley Hoag LLP. Through two different teams at Foley Hoag, Seeding Labs has received crucial assistance with employment law, international visa issues, and with contracts that have helped secure millions of dollars in funding and in-kind support from global corporations.



In the Wake of Hurricanes, Trash is Not Actually Treasure

HuffPost – September 19, 2017

When it comes to donating material goods, the phrase “trash to treasure” holds well-meaning intent. It also implies that anything we donate is useful. That is not the case, writes our CEO Nina Dudnik. Here are her 3 rules for productive donations.


Conversations about Diversity Aren’t Working

Scientific American – August 18, 2017

In an editorial, Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO Nina Dudnik argues that providing mutual support and peer mentorship are valuable and important for women and people of color in the sciences and technology, but they are simply not enough. These groups must start advocating for policy change within their institutions.


Addgene-Seeding Labs Plasmid Grant: Accelerating Science Globally – 5 Scientists, 4 Countries & 3 Continents!

July 18, 2017

Meet the 5 scientists who were awarded the Addgene-Seeding Labs Plasmid grant this year. These scientists work on projects spanning from the identification of plant compounds and insecticidal proteins, to the development of renewable biotechnology products and biosensors for herbicides, as well as developing yeast as source for dietary supplements.


Cutting-Edge Medical Research for the Tropics, by the Tropics

Forbes – June 28, 2017

It’s pretty hard to be a research scientist without a lab… and that’s where Seeding Labs comes in. Learn how Dr. Robert Paulino Ramirez of UNIBE in the Dominican Republic launched the Institute for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and furnished it with Instrumental Access equipment. He’s now got Zika, chikungunya, and dengue in his sights!


Stop Bemoaning Africa’s Lack of Scientists – Start Funding Them

World Economic Forum blog – June 12, 2017

Focusing the conversation around the lack of scientists in Africa dismisses the thousands of talented researchers who are working against tall odds to pursue scientific careers on the continent, writes our CEO. Rather than implying a void, we should focus on a talent pool ready for investment.


The Tough Job Facing Tedros, WHO’s First African Head

SciDevNet – June 2, 2017

Our CEO weighs in on the opportunity for Dr. Tedros, the WHO’s first Director General from Africa, to advocate for the importance of scientific infrastructure in developing countries.


UKZN Selected for Seeding Labs 2017 Instrumental Access Programme

UKZN News – May 9, 2017

The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa is one of 15 global institutions awarded equipment to advance scientific research and teaching through the Seeding Labs 2017 Instrumental Access programme.


Equipping the Next Generation of Scientists and Medical Workers in Ghana

USAID FrontLines Magazine – May 8, 2017

Garden City University College students lacked critical lab equipment in a country where health care workers are desperately needed, so the social enterprise Seeding Labs provided a solution.


Watch our CEO at the World Economic Forum on Africa

May 3, 2017

See our CEO Nina Dudnik on a panel at the World Economic Forum on Africa addressing how Africa can move towards medical solutions that will meet the needs of its growing population.


Planting the Seeds for Zika Research in the Dominican Republic

Thermo Fisher Scientific- May 2, 2017

Through donations from corporations like Thermo Fisher Scientific, Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program equips scientists in developing nations. Researchers at the newly opened IMTSAG in the Dominican Republic are using this equipment to accelerate infectious disease research and improve public health.


Nina Dudnik on Seeding Labs, Lipman Prize Honoree

Wharton Business Radio – April 27, 2017

Dr. Nina Dudnik, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seeding Labs and Lipman Family Prize Honoree, discusses her dedication to unleashing the full potential of scientists worldwide via providing resources to help fighting global diseases, feeding our growing population, and protecting our planet on Leadership in Action.


Why Scientists Should All Be Diplomats

TIME – April 22, 2017

What’s next after the March for Science? Our CEO Nina Dudnik writes that we should not squander our nationwide excitement for science. Instead, let’s harness it.


Here’s What You Need to Know About the March for Science in Boston

BostInno- April 21, 2017

Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO weighs in on why Seeding Labs will march in Boston’s satellite version of the March for Science, the national rally meant to be a call for politicians to implement science-based policies, as well as a public celebration of science.


Investing in the Future of Global Science

APS News- April 19, 2017

The American Physical Society‘s APS News profiles Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program.


Join us at the March for Science Boston

April 11, 2017

Seeding Labs has endorsed the March for Science and will be marching in Boston. Download our poster and march with us!


Fundación Seeding Labs dona equipo científico a la UADY

Reporteros Hoy (Mexico) – April 8, 2017

The Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán has been chosen to receive scientific equipment through Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access Program.


Redeemer’s University Becomes Two-time Winner of Seeding Labs Award

April 10, 2017

With its 2017 Instrumental Access award, Redeemer’s University in Ede, Nigeria, is now a two-time Instrumental Access awardee.


Premio Seeding Labs 2017 para la UPB. Un mundo nano para ciencia en grande

UPB News Agency (Colombia) – March 28, 2017

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia was awarded an Instrumental Access 2017 grant from Seeding Labs.


MSU Department Selected for Seeding Labs’ 2017 Instrumental Access Program

Times of India (India) – March 31, 2017

MS University is one of the 15 universities from across the globe which has been chosen to receive scientific equipment from Seeding Labs’ 2017 Instrumental Access program.


15 Outstanding Research Institutions Selected for Instrumental Access 2017 Program

Lab Manager Magazine – March 24, 2017

Seeding Labs’ Positively Instrumental: Celebrating the Power of Global Science  annual event gives thanks to the nonprofit’s various partners and is also the launching pad for the year’s Instrumental Access program awardees.


Ukrainian university has won lab equipment from the USA

Voice of America (Ukraine) – March 23, 2017

Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University  in Ukraine was awarded an Instrumental Access 2017 grant from Seeding Labs.


“Positively Instrumental” Event Honors Donors, Instrumental Access 2017 Awardees

March 23, 2017

At our annual Positively Instrumental event, we celebrated our 2017 Instrumental Access awardees and recognized Harvard University, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, and Merck as outstanding donors.


Seeding Labs Honored as Finalist for Lipman Family Prize

March 8, 2017

We are thrilled to announce our selection as a finalist for the 2017 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


People on the Move: Joanne Kamens

Boston Business Journal – January 20, 2017

Meet Seeding Labs’ newest board member, Joanne Kamens.


The VWR Foundation Advances Science with $97,000 in Fourth Quarter Grants

December 20, 2016

Seeding Labs is one of 12 grantees receiving funding from the VWR Foundation, which supports three strategic priorities: research, health and well-being, and science education.


The Universal Language

Lab Business Magazine – November/December 2016

Seeding Labs isn’t just donating equipment overseas, it’s connecting the global scientific community.


2017 Innovation All-Stars

Boston Business Journal – November 22, 2016

Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO Nina Dudnik was named one of 12 “Innovation All-Stars” by the Boston Business Journal.


A New Partnership to Help Research Break Through

October 27, 2016

Seeding Labs announces a new partnership with American Journal Experts (AJE) to benefit our Instrumental Access network of scientists and make it easier for their important discoveries to break through.


If You Want to Cure All Diseases, Include All of the World’s Scientists

Scientific American – October 20, 2016

In an editorial, Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO Nina Dudnik argues that if Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg really want to cure, prevent, and manage all diseases, they should invest in the thousands of talented scientists working in developing countries.


From Scientist to Nonprofit Leader

Nonprofit Leaders Network – October 10, 2016

In this podcast, Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO Nina Dudnik discusses taking a nonprofit from an idea run by a group of volunteers to a productive organization. She covers the challenges of shifting from scientist mode to nonprofit leader mode and the steps she took to professionalize and fund her growing idea.


Empowering Scientists on the Front Lines

Lab Manager Magazine – September 13, 2016

Our Instrumental Access program may seem simple–receive donations of surplus lab equipment and ship them to scientists in the developing world. But our process is far more involved because our goal is larger than merely moving materials, writes Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO.  We’re meeting global scientists’ equipment needs in a scalable, sustainable way.


Learn from Ebola, Zika outbreaks, and invest in diagnostic labs

Devex – August 23, 2016

Rather than wait until diseases have spread to epidemic proportions, we must empower a global workforce of scientists to tackle them when and where they emerge, writes our founder and CEO Nina Dudnik.


People on the Move: Robin Watters

Boston Business Journal – July 15, 2016

Meet Seeding Labs’ Chief Operations Officer, Robin Watters.


An Instrumental Access Milestone

June 28, 2016

With our first shipment to a 2016 Instrumental Access university, our flagship program has now eclipsed 100 tons of donated scientific equipment sent to scientists around the world! Learn more about the university that received this shipment and their plans to enhance research and education on our blog.


Ghanaian Researchers to Receive Plasmid Awards from Addgene and Seeding Labs

Addgene – June 15, 2016

Addgene and Seeding Labs have selected our first two plasmid grant awardees: Drs. Louis Bengyella and Kwabena O. Duedu, both from the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana.


Innovate Podcast: Enabling Scientists to Battle Global Diseases & Feed a Growing Population

Arch Street Press – June 12, 2016

Nina Dudnik, founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, discusses the transformative experiences that incited her interest in science and social justice, from conducting her first experiment using radish seeds at age 8 to her work at the Africa Rice Center in Côte d’Ivoire.


Conference Attendees Trade Coronado Beach for Carson Beach

Boston Globe – June 8, 2016

Seeding Labs is one of the 100 finalists for the Classy Awards in Boston, which recognize “the most remarkable changemakers of our generation.”


Podcast: A Malawian Professor’s Path to Biotech Research

Addgene – May 24, 2016

Our Instrumental Access partner, Dr. Kingdom Kwapata of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi, discusses his background, current biotechnology research, and thoughts on the need for science collaboration across the globe.


If I Knew Then: Nina Dudnik

Crain’s – May 23, 2016

In this series, Crain’s ask executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders about mistakes that have shaped their business philosophy. Seeding Labs’ Founder and CEO Nina Dudnik discusses how she utilizes her instincts in making decisions.


Garden City University College to Receive Scientific Equipment

Garden City University College – May 19, 2016

Garden City University College will utilize equipment from Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access programme on their Kumasi campus to enhance the quality of biomedical science training.


Department of Biomedical Engineering Selected For Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access Programme

University of Ghana – May 9, 2016

Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Head of Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Ghana said, “The selection is a great honour which will enable the Department to set up a core facility for use by all members of the College of Basic and Applied Sciences.”


Embu University College Awarded Equipment by Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access Program

Embu University College – May 5, 2016

Embu University College is extremely pleased to be amongst 16 universities benefiting from scientific equipment from Seeding Labs’ 2016 Instrumental Access programme. The Equipment was awarded through the department of Biological Sciences.


5 Reasons to Partner with Seeding Labs

Lab Manager Magazine – May 4, 2016

Seeding Labs has been making a strong push lately to partner with lab equipment manufacturers in their mission to bring much needed equipment and supplies to talented researchers in developing countries. Vendors can either sponsor Seeding Labs shipments or programs, donate new or surplus equipment, or volunteer with the non-profit. We share five benefits of partnering with Seeding Labs.


Embu University College to Gain From Sh13M Lab Equipment

uReport (Kenya) – April 25, 2016

Embu University College in Kenya, is among the 16 universities accepted into the Instrumental Access 2016 program.


Redeemer’s Varsity Wins Global Equipment Grant

The Nation (Nigeria) – April 14, 2016

Redeemer’s University in Ede, Nigeria, is among the 16 universities accepted into the Instrumental Access 2016 program.


Equipping Researchers in the Developing World

American Laboratory – April 8, 2016

Having shipped 87 tons of scientific equipment to 35 institutions based in 24 countries in the developing world since 2003, the nonprofit organization Seeding Labs has a very focused and motivated staff.


Seeding Labs & Addgene: Teaming Up to Catalyze Molecular Biology Research

April 5, 2016

Seeding Labs is pleased to announce a new partnership with Addgene, a nonprofit plasmid repository dedicated to making it easier for scientists to share plasmids.


Seeding Labs: Donating Essential Equipment for Breakthrough Science

Helmer Scientific “Blue View” Blog – March 30, 2016

Helmer Scientific, a krypton-level equipment donor to Seeding Labs, on why they support Seeding Labs.


Seeding Labs Selects 16 Recipients for its 2016 Instrumental Access Program

Lab Manager Magazine – March 30, 2016

Coverage of our Positively Instrumental event and an update from Pittcon.


Seeding Labs Donates Scientific Equipment to LUANAR

March 30, 2016

The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, an Instrumental Access 2016 recipient (and Seeding Labs’ first partner in Malawi), covered Dr. Kingdom Kwapata’s travels to the US to attend the Positively Instrumental event.


The Open University of Tanzania to Become a Beneficiary of Seeding Labs

March 30, 2016

The Open University of Tanzania, an Instrumental Access 2016 recipient, shared the news of their selection in a university press release.


Seeding Labs Event Honors Donors, Scientists from Developing Countries

March 24, 2016

On March 24, Seeding Labs hosted “Positively Instrumental,” a celebration of the 16 exceptional university departments selected for the 2016 Instrumental Access program. The event also honored five outstanding corporate donors whose contributions of equipment donations, funding, and volunteer time provided crucial support in 2015.


Health Sciences Research Unit in Line to Receive New Equipment Sponsorship

UKZN DABA Online – February 17, 2016

South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal, an Instrumental Access 2016 recipient, shared the news of their selection in their university newsletter.


Sowing the Seeds of Research Success in Developing Countries

CST Blog: Lab Expectations – February 10, 2016

Cell Signaling Technology, a donor to Seeding Labs since 2010, features a Q&A on their blog with our Director of Corporate Relations, Robert Lillianfeld, about the most rewarding aspect of working at Seeding Labs–and his biggest challenge.


Local Scientists Creating Global Impacts in Agriculture

SciDevNet – February 2, 2016

Agricultural research — using both conventional and modern scientific tools — is an integral force in both sustaining and improving the food supply and income across the world, writes our CEO.


Two New Members Join the Seeding Labs Board

January 26, 2016

We are excited to announce that Tim Fenton of Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., and Maggie Koziol of Deloitte have joined the Seeding Labs Board of Directors.


Women in Business Q&A: Dr. Nina Dudnik

The Huffington Post – January 13, 2016

What inspired our founder to create Seeding Labs? The answer, plus her best advice for women in the industry, in this Q&A.


Seeding Labs – Planting the Future

Labconco News – January 7, 2016

Donating lab equipment to Seeding Labs helps Labconco Corporation fulfill their mission of enhancing global scientific discovery.


How Sartorius Took the Leap and Donated

Laboratory News [UK] – December 2015

Sustainability and alignment with corporate values are just two of the reasons Sartorius Corporation donates lab equipment to Seeding Labs.


Non-profit Organizations: Scientists on a Mission


Opportunities abound in the non-profit sector for researchers who seek to follow their passions.


We Catch Up With the Instrumental Access Campaign

Laboratory News [UK] – OCTOBER 2015

Meet Dr. John Muoma of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Kenya, whose Instrumental Access lab equipment will soon be departing Boston.


Nina Dudnik rettet mit Laborgeräten Leben

Brigitte [Germany] – AUGUST 2015

A profile of Seeding Labs CEO Nina Dudnik in Germany’s leading women’s magazine.


The Worldview 100

Scientific American Worldview issue, JUNE 2015

Scientific American magazine includes Seeding Labs’ CEO Nina Dudnik among the 100 visionaries who continue to reshape biotechnology—and the world.


Meet the Woman Behind Seeding Labs

Laboratory News [UK] –  AUGUST 2015

Nina Dudnik, founder and CEO of Seeding Labs, describes why the science community is a global one and why we all have a responsibility to help scientists across the globe meet their potential.


The Tsetse Fly and the Test for Genomics in Africa

Bio IT World –  AUGUST 2015

Dr. Paul Mireji, a genomics researcher at Kenya’s Biotechnology Research Institute who received equipment through Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access program, describes his research on the tsetse fly, an insect responsible for spreading life-threatening infections in humans.


Seeding Labs’ CEO Among BostInno “State of Innovation 2015″ Awardees

BostInno, JULY 2015

Nina Dudnik was recognized for her contribution to Boston’s “Innovation Economy.”


The Instrumental Access Campaign

Laboratory News [UK], JULY 2015

Seeding Labs’ CEO Nina Dudnik describes how Seeding Labs puts the surplus of lab equipment accumulating in the basements and warehouses of major institutions and corporations in the developed world into the hands of those who can use it to change the world. Check out the accompanying editorial, too.


From Eureka to Useful

Scientific American Worldview issue, JUNE 2015

Developing an idea into a productive tool demands experience, foresight, and a persistent champion. Seeding Labs CEO Nina Dudnik describes the obstacles to innovation facing scientists in developing countries.


Transferable Skills: Beyond the Bench

Naturejobs Blog, JUNE 2015

Based on her personal experience, Seeding Labs’ founder and CEO Nina Dudnik highlighted the lessons learned and transferable skills gained when moving from academia to beyond the bench at the 2015 Naturejobs Career Expo in Boston.


Seeding Labs Recognized as Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit

Fast Company, February 2015

Seeding Labs has been named one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-For-Profit companies by Fast Company. Most Innovative Companies is one of Fast Company‘s most significant and highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year.


News from 2014

Addressing Africa’s Scientific Deficit— Wall Street Journal – Read article

Helping Scientists, Helping the World — Lab Manager Magazine – Read article

Seeding Labs receives $3 million grant to ship research equipment to developing countries — The Boston Globe – Read article

News from 2013

The Next (Global) Scientific Revolution — IDEAS Boston – View video

The 10 Most Influential Women in Biotech — The Boston Globe – Read article

News from 2012

The Boston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 — The Boston Business Journal – Read article

Seeding Labs Looks to Partner with Life Science Community to Help Developing World — EBD Partnering News – Read article

Nonprofit finds resources for researchers in developing countries — The Boston Globe – Read article