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In developing electronic MTA, Addgene succeeds where others have failed


By David Schwartz
Published: August 1st, 2012

Nonprofit research group Addgene has earned a spot as finalist in the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)’s 15th Annual Leadership Awards, in the Best Use of Technology category, for its wildly successful eMTA – something long dreamed of by tech transfer professionals.

Their e-MTA was developed for use in plasmid libraries, or centers where DNA-based reagents are stored and can be accessed for research and collaboration in the life sciences.

To transfer these reagents between institutions, however, scientists must submit an MTA for approval; executed on paper, these documents often take months to complete, thus stalling the advancement of research.

The Addgene e-MTA system overhauls this process by standardizing the agreements across most nonprofit research institutions, which reduces the time and resources required to complete the MTA, and by introducing an electronic platform through which contracts can be executed.

As of now, the company has shipped over 225,000 approved plasmids to research institutions around the world; the median time for approval using the e-MTA system is less than 36 hours.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, President and CEO of MassTLC Tom Hopcroft said he was “delighted that Addgene’s innovative and effective solution has been acknowledged with this honor.” Though Addgene’s success is new, tech transfer offices across the country have pondered the development of a universal e-MTA system for years. Perhaps the success of Addgene’s model will serve as a light at the end of the tunnel for research universities.

Source: PRLog

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