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Namida Lab,® Inc., a local biotech company in Fayetteville, with a mission of developing novel cancer diagnostics based on proteins from tears, is conducting a campaign throughout the month of October to further their breast cancer research. The campaign is “Tears on Tap Tour” and will feature a variety of local establishments.
“Our team wanted to do something locally that would benefit all involved and help us reach our development goals of offering a better option in breast cancer screening and overall navigation of the breast health journey,” said Jen Morio, Fayetteville native and head of operations at Namida Lab, “when you live in such a wonderful area like NWA, you can rely on your community and local businesses to help you reach goals that will make a difference worldwide.”
Namida Lab will cover the cost of one drink for individuals twenty-one and over when they donate a tear sample. Namida Lab personnel will be present at each location to collect tears samples from eligible participants. Sample collection is quick, easy, and only takes about 5 minutes.
Tears on Tap Tour participants will be helping supply Namida Lab with tear samples for more research and development. “There are so many things scientists can study from tears, but unlike blood samples, tear samples cannot simply be purchased. We have to collect them as we need them,” says Namida Lab R&D scientist Prashanth Ravishankar.
The Tears on Tap Tour will kick off on October 7th, with over 13 local breweries on the tour schedule. To participate in Tears on Tap, individuals must be 21+ years old and are required to show a valid ID. For the complete Tears on Tap tour dates, visit namidalab.com/news.