SPECIAL NOTICE: Requests for COVID-19 Testing Supplies in the Bay Area

The following is a message from Yolanda Fintschenko from the East Bay Bionetwork:

East Bay Bio Network community members,

First, I hope you are well. These are challenging times. I’d like to call your attention to a critical need.

Clinical labs in the region are in short supply of COVID-19 testing reagents, supplies, and equipment. They are requesting donations from the community.

We are aware of three Bay Area sites that are requesting donations now:

Their requests are summarized in more detail below, and each location will be regularly updating their list of requests as needs change. Please reach out to the appropriate contacts if you have supplies to donate, and share this message with anyone else in the Bay Area scientific community who might be able to help.

Please also feel free to contact me (lily@benchling.com) if you hear of other sites — in the Bay Area or elsewhere — who are in need of supplies.

Stay safe and healthy,


Stanford is requesting:

  • Unopened/unexpired RNA extraction kits from Qiagen and Promega
  • An instrument: KingFisher Flex Purification System

Please visit this website for more details about each request, contact information, and donation requirements.


CZ Biohub

CZ Biohub is requesting:

  • Many unopened reagents from vendors including Zymo and ThermoFisher
  • Unopened Zymo kits: Zymo Pathogen Magbead kit, Zymo Quick DNA Viral Magbead kit
  • Several instruments, including: CFX384 Touch Real-Time PCR Detection System, Agilent Bravos liquid handler, Thermo Multidrop
  • Other lab supplies, like Bravo 96 tips

Please see this spreadsheet for a detailed list of requests and contact information. If you have additional questions, you may contact lyndsay.murrow@ucsf.edu or robert.puccinelli@czbiohub.org.


IGI is requesting:

  • Instruments: KingFisher Flex Purification System, Applied Biosciences 7500 Fast qPCR Instrument
  • Scientist-volunteers willing to become CLIA-trained

Please see this IGI website for more details and contact information.

Thank you for your attention to this. Please contact these organizations directly if you can help.

Stay well,


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