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Ordering from Addgene

Thank you for your interest in ordering from Addgene and becoming part of our global research community.

Place orders online:

International Orders (outside of the United States)

  • Addgene ships plasmids and viruses around the world.
  • Because our viruses must be shipped on dry ice, World Courier must be used for shipping virus to some locations to ensure dry ice is replenished and proper temperatures are maintained. If your virus order requires the use of World Courier, Addgene will contact you prior to shipping your order.
  • For international ordering instructions, please visit ourInternational Ordering Page.
  • Addgene has partnered with local distributors in China, Japan and Korea. Learn more about ordering fromChina,JapanandKorea.
  • If you are ordering from Australia or New Zealand, you will need to provide your Import Permit, details can be found on ourPermits Page.
  • If you are a scientist in Brazil, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, or Russia, please visit Addgene'sInternational Shipping Pagefor country specific ordering and shipping details.

Video: Ordering Guide

Watch our video below for step-by-step instructions on how to place an order. Click the link to open and close the video window. If you have trouble accessing the video, please try viewing on YouTube .

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E-commerce Icon Placing Your Order

Place an order with Addgene in a few simple steps:

Order Process Illustration

Using a purchase order (PO)? Find more information on our purchase order page .

Ordering Plasmids:

  1. Loginto your Addgene account. If you need to create an account, you canregisterhere.
  2. Find the plasmids you need in ouronline catalogand add them to your cart.
  3. Use our simple checkout process to complete your order online. You will need to enter payment information and billing and shipping addresses during checkout.
  4. After your order is placed, Addgene will email the requiredMaterial Transfer Agreements(MTAs) to you or your institution's Technology Transfer Office.
  5. Once Addgene receives and approves the signed MTAs, your order will be processed and shipped in about 2-3 business days.

Ordering Viral Service:

  1. Loginto your Addgene account. If you need to create an account, you canregisterhere.
  2. Find plasmids with viral preparations on ourviral servicepage. You can also find the viral service by searching for the associated plasmid in ouronline catalog. Once you are on the plasmid page, you can add the viral service to your cart.
  3. Each viral service request will also include virus associated DNA, which is a sample of the purified DNA from the original plasmid that was used to make the virus. In order for Addgene to provide viral services to you, we must ensure that you have the right to use the original plasmid. Distribution of the original plasmid is important because it is the actual material being referenced in the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and its inclusion is what gives you permission to use the plasmid.
  4. Use our simple checkout process to complete your request online. You will need to enter payment information and billing and shipping addresses during checkout.
  5. After your request is placed, Addgene will email the requiredMaterial Transfer Agreements(MTAs) to you or your institution's Technology Transfer Office.
  6. Once Addgene receives and approves the signed MTAs, your request will be processed and shipped within about 1 week.
  7. Please ensure that your virus is unpacked and stored at the proper temperature immediately upon receipt. For details, please visit ourrecipient instructions page.
Read our guide on the Addgene MTA System: Icon MTA Process Guide (628.3 KB)

Nonprofit and Academic Customers:

If your organization has not ordered from Addgene in the past, we will need to verify its status as nonprofit or academic institution before you will be able to place an order. We will notify you by email within 1 business day regarding your account verification.

Industry Customers:

A limited portion of Addgene's plasmid collection is available to for-profit entities. Visit Addgene's Industry Distribution page for more information.


Checkbox Illustration Pricing and Payment

Addgene is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the scientific community with open, efficient and affordable access to plasmid research tools. The nominal fee for ordering plasmids is used to cover operating costs and improve the repository. There is no fee for depositing plasmids.

Plasmid Pricing

Plasmids Ordered Price Per Plasmid Total US Shipping Total International Shipping
1-5 $65 USD $20 USD $45 USD
6-10 $55 USD $25 USD $50 USD
11-15 $55 USD $30 USD $55 USD
16-20 $55 USD $35 USD $60 USD
21+ $45 USD $40* USD $65* USD

*Additional $5 shipping charges apply for each additional 5 plasmids ordered.

  • This table does not apply to kits and libraries. Pricing and shipping for those materials can be found on their respective item pages.
  • You can see final pricing (including shipping) in your cart before proceeding through checkout.
  • Need a quote? Just log in, add your items to your cart, and click the quote link at the bottom of your cart page. When you are ready to place your order, continue through checkout. Please note that Addgene can only accept orders placed through our website.

Viral Service Pricing

Virus based on

Price per Lentiviral Prep

-LV catalog items
Price per Concentrated Lentiviral Prep
-LVC catalog items
Price per AAV Preparation
-AAV catalog items
Price of Virus Associated DNA1
-vdna catalog items
Total US Shipping Total International Shipping2
Individual Plasmid $220 USD $360 USD $350 USD $30 USD $60 USD $150 USD
Pooled Library $2700 USD $3500 USD -- $250 USD $100 USD $150 USD

1 For each unique plasmid or library, only a single order of virus associated DNA is required when requesting a viral preparation. In other words, if you request two or more viral preparations of the same plasmid or pooled library, only one order of virus associated DNA would be required.

2 Because our viruses must be shipped on dry ice, World Courier must be used for shipping virus to some locations to ensure dry ice is replenished and proper temperatures are maintained. If your virus order requires the use of World Courier, Addgene will contact you prior to shipping your order. World Courier prices will vary from the prices shown in this table.

  • You can see final pricing (including shipping) in your cart before proceeding through checkout.
  • Need a quote? Just log in, add your items to your cart, and click the quote link at the bottom of your cart page. When you are ready to place your order, continue through checkout. Please note that Addgene can only accept orders placed through our website.

Customers in China, Japan and Korea:

Addgene has partnered with distributors in China, Japan and Korea to allow payment in local currency. Learn more at the Ordering from China , Ordering from Japan and Ordering from Korea webpages.

Payment Options:

During the checkout process, you can enter a credit card or purchase order (PO) as payment.

  • If you choose to pay by credit card, Addgene will charge your card after your order ships.
  • If you choose to pay by purchase order, Addgene will send an invoice to the billing address that you enter during checkout. Once received, this invoice can be paid by check, bank transfer, or credit card. Payment is due 30 days from the invoice date.
  • Please note that Addgene only accepts payment in USD.

Discounts:

Addgene's goal is to make research tools available to the entire scientific community. If your laboratory cannot afford the standard prices, Addgene can help defray this cost. This policy exists to enable the distribution of materials to underfunded labs (e.g. in developing countries). If you believe your lab qualifies, please email Addgene at help@addgene.org with a brief explanation of your financial situation.

For more information on pricing and payment, please visit our FAQ page .


Rubber Stamp Illustration Shipping and Customs

Addgene uses UPS for shipping. When your order is shipped, you will receive an email notification including the UPS tracking number for your reference.

  • Individual plasmids are shipped as bacterial stabs at room temperature. Stabs are stable for up to 2 weeks in transit. For directions on recovering your plasmid from your stab, visit ourplasmid recipient instructions page.
  • Kits are generally shipped on dry ice. Due to customs restrictions, some international locations require kits to be shipped at room temperature. For directions on recovering the samples in your kit, visit ourkit recipient instructions page. Specific instructions for each kit are also available on the kit’s webpage, which you can find by entering your kit’s catalog number in ouronline catalog.
  • If an order includes BOTH individual plasmids and a kit, the items may be shipped separately.
  • Viruses and virus associated DNA are shipped on dry ice. For directions on how to handle your virus upon receipt, visit ourvirus recipient instructions page.

Customs and Duties for International Shipping:

Addgene includes a thorough customs invoice and shipper's declaration with every order. Most shipments clear customs without a problem. Please note that requesting scientists are responsible for making arrangements for prompt payment of applicable duties and taxes assessed by your country's customs agent. To see if we have special shipping instructions for your country, please see our International Shipping and Customs Assistance Page . Customers in Australia and New Zealand will need to provide their Import Permit before we can ship materials to your country. For more details, please refer to our Permits Page .

For more information about shipping, please visit our FAQ page .


Tech Transfer Icon Distribution Policy

Addgene's entire collection is available to academic and nonprofit institutions.

By request of the depositing institutions, a limited subset of Addgene's plasmid collection is available to for-profit entities.

Addgene requires a signed implementing letter and Uniform Biological Materials Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) to accompany each order. This Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is widely accepted by both US and international institutions. It offers intellectual property and liability protection for the material providers, as well as informs recipients how the material may be used.

To begin the MTA process, the recipient scientist needs to sign the Recipient Scientist Acknowledgement, which Addgene emails when the order is placed. Addgene then emails a link to the Material Transfer Agreement that is to be forwarded to the appropriate signatory. Addgene cannot process or ship an order until the MTA process is completed. For more information about Addgene MTAs, please visit our MTA page .

All purchases are subject to Addgene's Terms of Purchase .