While advancements in informational technologies have provided nearly instant access to
scientific data and information, ready and available access to research materials remains a problem for
many in the research community. Issues such as a lack of lab resources or the loss of published
materials can create practical impediments to sharing, while in other cases, prolonged legal
negotiations over the sharing terms can create administrative ones. Addgene’s founders set out to
create an effective platform that would address these issues to make sharing easier between scientists.
Like many startups and nonprofit organizations, Addgene faced many hurdles such as community
adoption and financial stability. However, Addgene’s commitment to its mission and its perseverance
eventually led to the widespread adoption of Addgene’s services by the research community. By delivering an efficient,
streamlined process for scientists and their technology transfer offices, the research community has since come to view
Addgene as a trusted and vital research resource and one that continues to hone its efforts in making it easier for scientists
to share their research materials.
Keywords: material transfer agreements, MTA, plasmids, sharing, repository, nonprofit, self sustainable, efficient systems,
uniform biological material transfer agreement, UBMTA.
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