Help us provide research materials free of charge to academic researchers at universities and non-profits.  

Sanyal Biotechnology is building a tissue bank and making biological samples from that bank available, free of charge, to academic researchers who cannot afford to pay for them.  Our company specializes in research into Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Fatty Liver and Non-Alcoholic SteatoHepatitis (NASH); we intend to make grants of blood, liver, and other tissues to researchers who apply for our program, #KeepScienceAlive.

Applications for research materials will be judged by a panel of volunteer university faculty members; grant awards will be announced to the public on our website.  Awardees must pledge to publish their results so that others can learn from their research.  Our goal is to collect enough tissue to support a minimum of 50 research studies in 2017, and more in 2018.

How do I apply?

Please send a proposal of no more than 2 pages in length containing name/title/institution, background section, tissue requested, study to be performed on tissue, and any details of your particular funding situation that you would like to share with us. Send proposals to [email protected]

Why is Sanyal Bio undertaking this huge endeavor?  

We were founded by a group of scientists who understand how hard it is to compete for very limited amounts of grant money to fund medical research.  In the US, the vast majority of medical research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the NIH’s budget has been steadily decreasing, leading to intense competition for grants.  From 2003-2015, the NIH lost 22% of its capacity to fund research due to budget cuts, sequestration, and inflation.   It is particularly difficult for young investigators and junior faculty to get grants, because they cannot afford to buy materials to generate data that supports a grant application.  They truly are caught in a catch-22.  By donating tissue to researchers who are unfunded or under-funded, we enable them to do the research that helps them compete for grant funding from other sources and advances our scientific understanding of Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, and liver disease.

Why is Sanyal Bio doing this now?

The tone projected by the incoming administration has been particularly anti-science.  Many in the scientific community have expressed grave concern that the NIH and NSF budgets will be cut by politicians who don’t understand or appreciate the importance of biomedical research.  We at Sanyal Bio sincerely hope that these fears are unfounded, and we hope that our elected officials will see to it that all government research institutions, including the NIH, are generously funded so that scientists can continue to make innovative discoveries that advance our understanding of these diseases and find new ways to treat them.  Regardless, we pledge to do our part to help support biomedical research and continued innovation.

Where will my donation go and how will it be used?  

Your donation will go into a bank account specifically designated for this tissue bank grant program and all proceeds will be used to pay for collection, cataloging, preparation, and storage of biological samples so that we can gift them to researchers who request them.  Donated funds will not be co-mingled with Sanyal Bio’s operating budget; an independent firm will manage the funds and conduct an annual review.

We realize that our company’s effort to support independent academic research into diabetes and liver disease is just a drop in the bucket, but we have to start somewhere.  Your donation is important. Every dollar counts. We challenge other biotech and pharmaceutical companies to step up their own corporate giving to #KeepScienceAlive in the US and around the world.  Please help spread the word about our campaign!

Here is what your donation buys:

  • $14 = 10 lbs of dry ice for shipping
  • $30 = 1 styrofoam cooler shipping box
  • $58 = 1 case of eppendorf tubes for blood samples
  • $125 = 1 bottle of RNA Later to preserve tissue for genetic research
  • $226 = 1 case of syringes for blood collection
  • $526 = 1 case of cryotubes for snap-freezing tissue
  • $769 = 1 case of cryoboxes (organization and storage in freezer)
  • $10K = 1 ultra-low temp (-80) freezer for tissue storage


HTML tutorial