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THE REAGENT PROJECT IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT democratizes SCIENCE BY collecting donated lab materials from wealthy labs and redistributing those items to scientists and educators in need. 

Like robin hood...if he were a scientist.

reagent [re-a-gent] n. 1. A chemical or biological consumable used in scientific experiments, such as, antibodies, solutions etc.
— The Reagent Project
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Why do we exist? 

For every ‘aha moment’ that occurs while engaging in scientific research, there are many more that result in failure. For every hypothesis proved wrong, there are accumulated antibodies, proteins and plastics that are no longer needed. Researchers keep these reagents in their labs for “rainy day experiments,” but often, they are abandoned as priorities shift and projects evolve.  The Reagent Project provides the mechanism through which donation of these items is streamlined to scientists and educators in need.  

How much waste is there?

Reagents are wasted as a natural byproduct of engaging in scientific research. But how much waste are we talking about? We visited a local biotech company to find out.

Fig. 1   This is a cold room where scientists store reagents that must be refrigerated. A cold room this size is shared by several laboratories and represents just one of many in the building.

Fig. 1   This is a cold room where scientists store reagents that must be refrigerated. A cold room this size is shared by several laboratories and represents just one of many in the building.


75%

Wasted reagents: expired, brand new or lightly used

0%

System in place to streamline reagent donations


The Reagent Project streamlines donations to eliminate this waste. 

 

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