Bio-Link Depot Mission:
To give unneeded lab supplies and equipment a new life at middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities.
What We Do:
We accept donations of biotech supplies and equipment and give them away for free to science educators at our Open Houses events.
Since 2002, the Bio-Link Depot has connected teachers with needed science supplies though our clearinghouse of biotech industry donations. City College of San Francisco (CCSF) operates the Depot under Bio-Link, a national organization that enhances biotechnology education through professional development and sharing of information with educators, students, and industry. Bio-Link is an Advanced Technological Education Center for Biotechnology funded by the National Science Foundation. In 2015 a new nonprofit formed, Bio-Link Depot, Inc., to advise, enhance and grow the beneficial activities of the Depot.
The Depot has become a gathering place where teachers meet, pick up equipment and supplies, and also donate their time and ideas. In the 2016-2017 NSF reporting year, the Depot received donations of valued over 1.65 million. It distributed over $913,204 worth of equipment and materials to over 100 schools, positively impacting 306 teachers and 17,010 students. In July of 2017 after 4 months of closure in the SF Bay Area, the Depot acquired 2 locations, one in Oakland, the other on the Foothill College Campus to continue its service to science educators.
2002: Genenetech gives the Depot $50.000 seed funding
2002: CCSF/Bio-Link starts program
2006: Depot begins functioning as a distribution center
2011: Bio-Link publishes an Equipment Depot Resource Guide
2013: Forms Advisory Committee
2015: Incorporated as a 501c3
2017: Acquires Oakland and Foothill College sites