Bio-Link Depot Special Announcement

We need some clean-up help tomorrow and Monday:

Friday, October 7th (Tomorrow) from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Monday (Columbus Day), October 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
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Volunteer to organize the outside area, dumping unneeded supplies, sorting and consolidating containers. If time permits, we will also organize within the trailer and storage containers. We will also pull carts our into the hallway from the lab, sort and organize equipment and glassware onto shelves. If we meet our goals, we can allow you to take 1 box of supplies during the last 30 minutes of our clean-up. Hope to see you soon!


Daniel O. Michael
Bio-Link Depot

Bio-Link Depot Special Alert!

Bio-Link Depot Special Alert!

Depot Open House @ Inovatex- THIS SATURDAY!
Saturday, October 1st from 10 AM to 12:30 PM ONLY.

Inovatex is opening up their warehouse full of lab supplies, equipment, lab tables and benches. All of the items must go immediately to make room for new tenants. It will be a great idea to bring your truck or rent one. You must be registered on Eventbrite and be registered as an educator on the Bio-Link Depot website.

See you Saturday!


Daniel O. Michael

Free Lab Supplies!

Open House is this Saturday!
Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
We have loads of free lab supplies and equipment available this Saturday generously donated from Genentech, CelGene, UCSF, Cordis, Celgene, BioSurplus, Threshold Pharma, Cytokinetics, Xcell Biosciences and others. THANK YOU DONORS!

Thanks to all those who have helped and those who agreed to help by signing up–> Volunteer.  I still would like a few more volunteers for Friday set-up from 10 AM to noon and Saturday. We would also like help with a last-minute donation from Cordis in Newark, CA this Friday at 11 AM. You can contact me for details.

See you soon!


Daniel O. Michael

Bio-Link Depot Special Announcement

Bio-Link Depot Special Announcement
We will need some help Monday
Monday, September 12th, 11 AM

We visited Cortis today and saw that they have some great items. We need help to grab them and load them on our truck. Here are pictures: CORTIS DONATIONS.  Reply to this email if you can meet us Monday in the Newark/Freemont Area and we will give you the details. Also, Monday morning UCSF has free chairs, see below.

Don’t Forget! Next Open House, September 17th @ 10 AM!



Cortis Donations: Monday

We need help this Monday at 11 AM to help pick up donations from Cortis in the Newark area. See Pictures. We have biosafety cabinets and other items available. Reply to this email, if interested.

USCF Parnassus Chairs: Monday 5a7e63a2-5b20-4fd4-85d7-e960d36ae20e

UCSF has to get 102 of these off of the School of Dentistry loading dock (rear of 707 Parnassus) on Monday, Sept. 12th. They will be brought onto the dock that morning as the replacement chairs arrive earlier in the morning. Reply if you would like to pick up these free chairs.






Bio-Link Depot Newsletter: Aug. 21, 2016

Open House is next month!

Saturday, September 17th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

It was great to see many of you at the July 9th Open House. We gave away over $45,000 worth of supplies and cleaned up over 45 containers of extra stock. Our NSF fiscal year ended with the Depot giving away $641,825 worth of supplies! Thanks to all the donors, teachers and volunteers who made it possible.

See you in a few weeks!

p.s. You can fill out this form if you would like to help us with the Sept. 17th Open House.


July’s Open House & Year EndIMG_8305

August had a record 60 attendees and 40 unique institutions were represented. Our NSF fiscal year ending on August 31 shows that we gave away $641,825 (last year’s figure was $443,028)! We ended our year serving a total of 458 teachers and 347 schools/institutions. Thanks to all the donors and volunteers that have made the Depot s success!


Genentech (& friends) Give Back

We had 13 volunteers at our Genentech Give Back Day on June 15th. Genentech staff spent the day helping nonprofits in the community. We also had help from researchers from USF and SF State. We cleaned up over 45 containers of extra stock and reduced our Depot footprint over 50%. Thanks for all your hard work!

BABEC Fall Kick-Off

Join BABEC for its Kick-off 2016! Start off the new school year right with talks that will inspire and educate you! This year, we will have Bruce Alberts from UCSF talk about science education and Jason Peters from UCSF to talk about CRISPR. See a presentation on the latest tissue printing technology by SE3D and join us for a reconstruction of the pGLO curriculum with an NGSS twist!

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar
Skyline College – 3300 College Drive, Building 6 2nd floor, San Bruno, CA 94066 – View Map

Join Us At The Exchange
The purpose of the Chemical Exchange Network is to facilitate the informal exchange of laboratory chemicals and information used in teaching biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and general science.

1) A teacher that needs some “Yeast Extract” would post a request to the Chemical Exchange Network Google Group.

2) Another teacher that has excess “Yeast Extract” could respond with a donation, or an offer of trade.

3) The teachers could meet at the Depot’s Open House, or elsewhere, to make the transaction.

Bio-Link Depot Newsletter: June 12, 2016

Our First East Bay Open House is this Saturday!
Saturday, June 18th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Thanks to all those that helped with the May 21st Open House. We had over 90 attendees ,17 new teachers and gave away over $124,000 worth of supplies. Click here to see –> Open House pictures. We still need some volunteers for this Wednesday‘s Give Back Day (see below). If you have not registered (required) yet for the East Bay Open House, you can by clicking on the link below:



Daniel O. Michael
Bio-Link Depot

Great Open House Turnout
Our May 21st Open House giveaway had over 90 participants (another record), 62 institutions participating, 17 new teachers, 36 volunteers and we gave away over $124,000 worth of supplies. Here are pictures of all the happenings that day –> May Open House Pictures. Thanks to all the attendees, donors and volunteers that made the event a success.

Genentech Gives Back
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This Wednesday, June 15th from 1 PM to 4 PM Genentech staff are coming to the Depot to “Give Back”. We will have 8 to 10 volunteers helping to clean and organize the Depot and we need all the help we can get to make sure we get the most of of their many talents. We will be focusing on the outside area, so bring your sunscreen. We will have cold water available You can help by signing up by using our volunteer form or just respond to this email.

Merritt Open House

Old science building D at Merritt is closing down and they have left some great science supplies. Register using this link–> East Bay Open House. Let your geography, anatomy and geology colleagues know as well. There are maps, human body models and many unique rocks. Click to see pictures –>Merritt Preview Photos. We have permission to drop off donations. You can also sign up to volunteer.

East Bay Open House June 18th, 2016!


We have a East Bay Open House June 18th @ Merritt College
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East Bay Bio-Link Depot Open House

Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10:00 AM2:00 PM

The Bio-Link Depot will have a special science supply giveaway at Merritt College, Buidling D on June 18th at 10 AM. The event is free to all educators but you must sign-up for this event and register on our Bio-Link Depot website. Merritt College has moved to a newer science building and there are many items left in the old science building for interested teachers. 

Merritt College

12500 Campus Drive
Building D

Oakland, CA 94619

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Bio-Link Depot Newsletter: May 15th, 2016

Open House is Saturday!
Saturday, May 21st from 10 AM to 2 PM.

We are stocked up for a big Open House this Saturday. Are you going? We have lab cabinets, beakers, flasks, vortexers, hot plates, chairs, stirrers, petri dishes, pipette tips and much more. Make sure to get here early for the best stuff. Thanks to all the donors again for making it happen. Sign-up –> HERE for Friday and Saturday volunteering.  Don’t forget to bring your school ID. See you Saturday!


Daniel O. Michael
Bio-Link Depot

Labware and tubes and beakers, oh my!

Take a look at this beautiful glassware collected from several of our donors. These could be yours along with many other supplies. Other items include vibration tables, refrigerators, incubators, chemical storage cabinets, etc. Bring your largest vehicle!

Chemical Exchange Network

Do you need a way to get and give chemical supplies? Duane has formed the Chemical Exchange Network (CEN) to facilitate the informal exchange of laboratory chemicals used in teaching biotechnology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, and general science. You can sign-up by clicking on this link –> CEN.


Happy Earth Day and Thanks Donors!


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Bio-Link Depot Newsletter: April 10th, 2016

Great to see everyone at our March Open House! Don’t miss:
Saturday, May 21st from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

We gave away some great items at our March 19th Open House. We had 96 attendees and 66 giveaway participants. The total amount given away was $131,311. Read about our new nonprofit status below!


Daniel O. Michael
Bio-Link Depot

P1070283March Open House 

There were many happy teachers who walked away with loads of great supplies at our March 19th Open House. See Pictures HereWe had 96 people, many of them new, who attended and 66 giveaway participants with a  total amount given away of $131,311. Thanks to the Friday volunteers, all that helped set up and especially those that stuck around to clean up!

CCSF Clean Up CrewIMG_7295
A big THANK YOU goes out to the City College of San Francisco Chinatown Campus Community Service ESL student volunteers who spent hours on St. Patrick’s Day cleaning and organizing the Depot ahead of our March Open House. Check out the great pictures HERE.

UCSF Delivers a Truckload

After the March Open House, Delancey Street Movers delivered a truckload of large equipment and smaller supplies from lab breakdown at UCSF Laurel Heights. The delivery included refrigerators, centrifuges, cabinets, glassware and many other items. It’s first-come, first serve at our May Open House, so BYOT (bring your own truck).

 Depot Becomes Nonprofit

The Depot started in 2002 and has been operated by City College of San Francisco through the Bio-Link ever since. But, as of March 2016, we have incorporated the Depot as its own nonprofit. This opens up the Depot for direct donations, grants and expansion to other locations. Thanks Latham & Watkins for helping us with our application!