Natera and Copia Announce Partnership to Support Local Communities
Natera commits to goal of donating nearly 40,000 pounds of food in the communities it serves and reducing emissions in 2022
AUSTIN, Texas., Jan. 26, 2022 — Natera, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRA), a leader in personalized genetic testing and diagnostics, today announced it is partnering with Copia, a technology provider that connects food donations to nonprofits in need. Through this collaboration, the companies will partner to transport surplus food from the laboratories Natera operates in Austin, Texas and San Carlos, Calif., directly to nonprofits in those local communities.
As part of its employee benefits, Natera provides daily prepackaged meals to staff in Austin and San Carlos. Through the new partnership with Copia, Natera will donate leftover prepackaged meals to local nonprofits in need several times per week. Copia’s proprietary matching algorithm ensures each donation is paired in real-time with the nonprofit specifically in need of that food, making certain all edible food finds a proper home and avoids unnecessarily ending up in the landfill.
This partnership is an example of how Natera strives to partner with organizations that have built creative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit local communities. Natera estimates its initiative with Copia will enable the company to donate nearly 40,000 pounds of food to individuals and families in need over the next 12 months, while also reducing up to 161,000 pounds of carbon emissions and saving up to 3,500,000 gallons of water. This partnership is also in alignment with Natera’s goal to reduce Scope 3 emissions within their company’s footprint, while also supporting local communities in Austin and San Carlos.
According to Feeding America, 38 million people in the U.S. are food insecure — while billions of dollars are spent each year on food that will never be eaten, and often goes to the landfill instead. That equates to millions of pounds of fresh food— 24% of all food in the country —going to waste, instead of going to those who need it. The World Wildlife fund also estimates that 6-8% of human caused greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by the elimination of food waste.
“Natera has already served more than 1,100 meals since the Copia partnership launched just one month ago,” Copia’s Chief Executive Officer, Kimberly Smith added. “Copia is proud to support Natera’s efforts donating its surplus food to nonprofits. They’re the ones taking the right steps, Copia is just here to make it easy for them to do so.”
Natera’s first food donation in San Carlos recently provided 75 prepackaged meals to StarVista, a nonprofit that has been helping people throughout San Mateo County navigate life’s challenges for over 55 years. In response to the donation, Will Little from StarVista First Chance Detox program said, “We’ve really been struggling and in need of food. Today, we received a bunch of tasty, prepackaged meals of pork and beef with vegetables that will help us tremendously. Prepackaged style always works best for us because it’s so much easier to store and serve. We operate a detox program and are always in need of prepared meals, so thank you.”
Natera™ is a global leader in cell-free DNA testing, dedicated to oncology, women’s health, and organ health. Our aim is to make personalized genetic testing and diagnostics part of the standard of care to protect health and enable earlier and more targeted interventions that help lead to longer, healthier lives. Natera’s tests are validated by more than 100 peer-reviewed publications that demonstrate high accuracy. Natera operates ISO 13485-certified and CAP-accredited laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in Austin, Texas and San Carlos, California. For more information, visit www.natera.com.
Copia is an easy-to-use app that enables commercial kitchens to track and reduce food waste while also safely donating their edible excess food to communities in need. Copia also provides businesses and nonprofits with a comprehensive view of their impact being made socially, environmentally, and financially. Food waste happens and, while it can be reduced and prevented, hunger can be eliminated and climate change can be reversed. This is because Americans waste 3x more food than there are mouths to feed. Hunger is not a scarcity issue but rather an ineffective redistribution of surplus food. Copia is helping many organizations in the fight against food waste and hunger, including The Cheesecake Factory, Sutter Health, Compass Group, Sodexo, Natera, Bloomberg, and more. If you’d like to learn more or sign up, visit www.gocopia.com.
All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements and are not a representation that Natera’s plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved. These forward-looking statements represent Natera’s expectations as of the date of this press release, and Natera disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including with respect to our efforts to develop and commercialize new product offerings, our ability to successfully increase demand for and grow revenues for our product offerings, whether the results of clinical or other studies will support the use of our product offerings, our expectations of the reliability, accuracy and performance of our screening tests, or of the benefits of our screening tests and product offerings to patients, providers and payers. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in greater detail in “Risk Factors” in Natera’s recent filings on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and in other filings Natera makes with the SEC from time to time. These documents are available at www.natera.com/investors and www.sec.gov.
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