VWR Coordinates Donation for Girlstart

Donation Supports Science Education Programs for Girls in Texas

Feb 17, 2016, 09:05 ET from VWR

RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VWR (NASDAQ: VWR), a leading, independent provider of laboratory products, services and solutions, was proud to organize a product donation at its recent American Sales Conference for Girlstart, a Texas-based, non-profit organization focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education programs for k-12 girls. 

"VWR and its suppliers are proud to make a difference in Texas," said Mark McLoughlin, VWR's SVP and President, Americas Lab and Distribution Services.  "Fewer than 25% of STEM jobs are held by women. We are happy to enable science for girls, and the future of these industries, with Girlstart."

As part of its American Sales Conference, VWR invites a number of its suppliers to help educate its Sales team on key product information and updates.  At the conclusion of the event, VWR and a number of the participating suppliers provided products valued at more than $48,000 to Girlstart.  These products will be used for afterschool programs in the science lab facilities of Girlstart.  Girlstart's core programs foster STEM skills development, as well as an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world's major problems, and an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.

Generous donations of glassware, balances, plasticware, models, pipettes, racks, and even full lab benches will now help these girls pursue scientific endeavors.  A big thank you to contributing suppliers:  Ace Glass, American 3B, Biotix, Branson Ultrasonics, Cardinal Health, Corning Incorporated, Essendant, Hach, Kewaunee Scientific, Mettler Toldeo, Quanta Bioscience, Schuler Scientific, Simport Scientific, TrippNT and Ward's Science, a VWR brand.

About VWR  

VWR (NASDAQ:  VWR), headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is a leading, global, independent provider of products, services and solutions to laboratory and production facilities.  With sales in excess of $4.3 billion in 2014, VWR enables science for customers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, industrial, education, government and healthcare industries.  With more than 160 years of experience, VWR has cultivated a value proposition delivering product choice, operational excellence and differentiated services to improve our customers' productivity from research to production.  VWR's differentiated services provide innovative, flexible and customized solutions from scientific research services to custom-manufactured chemical blends.  Our dedicated team of more than 8,500 associates is focused on supporting scientists, medical professionals and production engineers to achieve their goals.

For more information about VWR, visit www.vwr.com.

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