Hainesport lab supply company wins SBA subcontracting award

A Hainesport distributor of laboratory supplies and other products for the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2020 Regional Subcontractor of the Year for Region II, the SBA announced.

Neta Scientific Inc. was founded in 1999 by Winfred Sanders and Garnetta Sanders. It provides equipment including lab supplies and personal protective equipment and services including supply chain management in the pharma and higher education verticals.

The company was nominated by Colleen Macia, category strategy manager of global procurement at Pfizer.

“To be nominated for this award by a global pharmaceutical company that recognizes our value, our attention to detail and the quality of the products that we offer is such an honor for everyone here at Neta Scientific,” Garnetta Sanders, the CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Our unique relationship with Pfizer and our other customers has enabled us to build strategic partnerships. We see our company as an extension of their teams, allowing us to develop a niche in the pharmaceutical marketplace.”

The company received the award for the area that includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, SBA Regional Administrator Steve Bulger said.

“Many small businesses are unaware of the supplier diversity programs that major prime contractors like Pfizer have in place today,” Bulger said in a statement. “Pfizer is consistently in the Top 100 of prime contractors that provide hundreds of millions of dollars in subcontracts each year. They are to be commended for their commitment to giving small businesses like Neta Scientific Inc. the opportunity to obtain subcontracting work that is so vital to the U.S. government.”

Neta Scientific was chosen based on criteria that included technical and management capability, financial strength, innovativeness of products or services and more.

“It’s important to recognize the achievements of small businesses like Neta Scientific,” SBA New Jersey District Director Al Titone said in a statement. “Through subcontracting opportunities, the Sanderses with their 47 employees were part of a record-breaking 1 million jobs added to the American economy through federal contracts awarded to small businesses in 2019.”

Neta Scientific competed with nine other subcontractors for the national Subcontractor of the Year honor, won by Specialty Material Inc. of Lowell, Massachusetts, which provides composite fiber products for the aerospace and sporting goods industries, among others.

“Diverse suppliers like Neta Scientific Inc. prove there is space to compete for subcontracts from major prime contractors,” Sanders said. “The certification that our company received from the National Minority Supplier Development Council was essential to opening the doors to these contracting opportunities.”