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Addgene Announces Partnership with Penn Vector Core
Addgene Announces Partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Preclinical Vector Core to Provide AAV Vectors to Global Scientific Community
The Penn Vector Core is an internationally-
"We are delighted to partner with Addgene to improve access to high quality vectors for the scientific community by bringing Penn's expertise in vector production together with Addgene's ability to distribute to academic researchers worldwide," says Julie Johnston PhD, Executive Director of Vector Operations in the Gene Therapy Program at Penn.
Addgene is a nonprofit repository that ships over 150,000 plasmids per year to scientists around the world. In 2016, Addgene introduced a viral-based vector preparation service, which allows scientists to receive some of Addgene's most popular plasmids as ready-to-use viral vector preparations.
"We see a tremendous need in the research community for high-quality viral vector preps. By partnering with the Penn Vector Core to supplement our own viral vector production, we will be able to serve many more scientists. We are grateful to be working with Penn, one of the global experts on AAV vector production,"
In the coming months, the existing Penn Vector Core catalog will be transferred to Addgene (https://www.addgene.org/
Members of the research community have been eager for access to AAV vectors. Thomas Kash, PhD, Associate Professor at the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and member of the NIH-funded Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism (INIA) Consortium says, "[this resource] is helping so many labs forge forward!"
Addgene is a 501(c)3 nonprofit biorepository dedicated to facilitating scientific discoveries by operating a plasmid library for researchers. The repository contains over 60,000 plasmids contributed by 3,600 research labs around the world. Almost one million plasmids have been distributed by Addgene to more than 95 countries - with 12,000 plasmids currently shipping each month. Addgene also provides ready-to-use AAV and lentivirus preparations of commonly requested plasmids as a service to scientists - saving them time and providing thorough quality control. By authenticating, storing, archiving, and distributing plasmids, virus, and their associated data, Addgene is creating a lasting resource for research and discovery scientists around the world. For more information, please visit https://www.addgene.org/
Caroline LaManna, Ph.D.