Science For All.

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Our Mission

Talented scientists are everywhere. but only some have the funds to purchase the needed equipment and reagents to test their bright ideas.  

The reagent Project aims to bridge that disparity by redistributing donated lab materials to scientists and STEM educators in need. 

We all benefit when more scientists participate in innovative research!


What's the problem with science?

In the US, scientists in under-resourced universities face funding shortages because of government cuts to research. As a result, only 9% of grants are awarded to new investigators.

The problem is worse in low and middle income countries, where the burden of disease is higher, but few resources exist for local scientists to contribute to solutions. The result is the same worldwide—fewer scientists are able to pursue important research questions and the pace of scientific innovation is slowed.

 
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The Reagent Project is one solution. 

reagent [re-a-gent] n. 1. A chemical or substance used in a reaction. Often able to catalyze change.
— The Reagent Project

We aim to redistribute excess scientific equipment and reagents to create opportunity for talented, but under-resourced, researchers to contribute to scientific and medical discovery. 

Our job begins when donor companies transfer useful equipment and reagents to our warehouse. We handle the time-consuming logistics of identifying and vetting scientists in search of the donated items and then shipping the items across state lines or international borders. 


How much excess is there?

Reagents accumulate as a natural byproduct of engaging in scientific research. But how much is available for collection? 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