SynBio Africa Selected for Seeding Labs’ Instrumental Access Program

SynBio Africa has received an award for lab equipment and supplies that will advance scientific research and education in Africa.

Entebbe, Uganda–March 28, 2024. SynBio Africa is the newest awardee selected to receive scientific equipment from Seeding LabsInstrumental Access program.

Instrumental Access makes high-quality laboratory equipment and supplies available to university departments and research institutes in developing countries. It is the flagship program of Seeding Labs, a US-based NGO working to increase access to resources for science in developing countries.

The Biolab at SynBio Africa was chosen for the Instrumental Access award after a rigorous and competitive selection process that receives and evaluates applications from institutions around the world. To be considered, applicants outline the ways that an infusion of scientific equipment would remove barriers to STEM education and research at their institution—paving the way for new avenues of scientific inquiry and expanding hands-on opportunities for students.

 Equipment provides a foundation for other critical resources that allow scientists to generate new knowledge, leverage sustainable funding, and better prepare university students for the scientific workforce and innovation economy.

To date, the Instrumental Access program has catalyzed scientific innovation at more than 100 universities and institutions in 39 developing countries. The equipment:

  • Has enhanced workforce training for more than 230,000 students, who have access to Instrumental Access equipment in practical lab sessions and thesis research.
  • Catalyzed research projects with $16.9 million of new funding across 69 universities
  • Given more than 2,900 scientific staff at 118 university departments more opportunity to pursue their research agendas thanks to the availability of more equipment.

About SynBio Africa

SynBio Africa prides itself on being at the forefront of fostering cutting-edge research and innovation in synthetic biology, a field that holds tremendous promise for addressing pressing societal challenges in healthcare, agriculture, and environmental sustainability.We strive to cultivate a supportive and inclusive environment where aspiring scientists can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the field of synthetic biology.

We strongly believe that with the support of Seeding Labs, we shall further enhance our capabilities and continue making meaningful strides towards addressing global challenges through the transformative power of synthetic biology.

Plans for the equipment and the impact

With this equipment support from Seeding Labs, we are going to establish the first fully equipped open access community biolab that will serve as a hub for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and hands-on training in synthetic biology. The facility will provide researchers, students, and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds with access to cutting-edge equipment and resources, fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

The donated equipment will also enable us to offer comprehensive training programs and workshops covering a wide range of synthetic biology techniques, including DNA sequencing, gene editing, and metabolic engineering, among others. By equipping individuals with practical skills and knowledge, we aim to enhance the capacity of our local scientific community and empower them to tackle local and global challenges.

By providing researchers with access to high-quality instrumentation, we seek to catalyze collaborative research initiatives that address key issues facing our region, such as infectious diseases, food security, and environmental degradation. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge sharing, we aim to foster innovative solutions that have a meaningful impact on the lives of people in Africa and beyond.

On top of scientific research, we aim to support entrepreneurship and innovation in synthetic biology through our Start-up accelerator program, to be launched in July 2024, by providing aspiring biotech startups with access to laboratory facilities, mentorship, and networking opportunities. By nurturing a vibrant ecosystem of innovation, we hope to catalyze the development of novel biotechnologies and solutions that address local challenges.

About Seeding Labs

Seeding Labs is a Boston-based NGO that increases access to resources for science in developing countries. Seeding Labs has built a coalition of more than 230 public and private sector partners to provide scientific institutions in developing nations with lab equipment, training, and opportunities to collaborate with experts in their field—and to create a world where science and the institutions that sustain it can thrive everywhere, illuminating a brighter and healthier future for all.

As of February 2024, Seeding Labs has shipped 365 tons of lab equipment to 110 institutions in 39 countries around the world.

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