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Our Story

Bio-Link Depot, Inc. is a unique, innovative, community-based nonprofit organization located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our efforts are focused on promoting scientific training and literacy for a range of students, by providing educational institutions with millions of dollars worth of laboratory instruments, equipment and supplies/consumables (that might otherwise go to waste), at no cost to the recipients.  We accomplish this by receiving and processing donated materials at a central warehouse in Oakland, and then redistributing them to instructors and researchers from schools, colleges, and universities.  These services have especially enabled underserved K-12 schools to expand their STEM education programs, laboratory classes, and research – given that they have very limited financial resources to set up and run the hands-on labs which are essential to provide students direct experience with biotechnology techniques that promote an interest in, and develop skills for, careers in science.  In addition to supporting local education, donors meet sustainability goals by giving new life to excess equipment and supplies, while also being able to receive a financial benefit from potential tax deductions, and avoiding disposal costs.

HISTORY

We commenced operations in 2002 based on funding from the National Science Foundation, with City College of San Francisco operating the Depot under Bio-Link, a national organization that enhances biotechnology education through professional development and sharing of information with educators, students, and industry.  Based on the growing support of many other groups, we have expanded over the years to incorporate with our independent 501(c)(3) status since 2015.

Our Mission

Empowering teachers to engage students in hands-on STEM experience
with donated scientific equipment and supplies

Board of Directors 

Hank Stern

Board President

Vice President, CMC
ALX Oncology

Kristi Budzinski, Ph.D.

Board Treasurer

Green BioPharma Program Manager
Genentech

Elaine Johnson, Ph.D.

Board Member

Executive Director
Bio-Link

Dave Menshew

Board Secretary

Forensic Biotech Teacher
Enochs High School

Sara Ponzio

Board Member

Deputy County Counsel
Santa Clara County

Kareem Dossa

Board Secretary

Senior Vice President
Thomas Scientific

Michelle Nemits

Board Member

Executive Director, Bay Area
Biocom

Depot Staff Members

Natoya Lee

Depot Coordinator

Bio-Link Depot

Tom Steele, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Bio-Link Depot

Andrew Lim

Web Developer [Volunteer]

Bio-Link Depot