Addgene will only ship plasmids to academic and nonprofit institutions, unless we receive explicit approval from your institution's TTO. Addgene uses the Uniform Biological Materials Transfer Agreement (UBMTA). The UBMTA permits recipients of the plasmids to use the plasmids for non-commercial academic research purposes only. They are also prohibited from sharing the original and unmodified plasmids outside of their laboratories, and must acknowledge the providing scientist in publications.
All nonprofit and research institutions that are signatories of the UBMTA will be able to receive plasmids under this arrangement. Additionally, institutions that are not signatories of the UBMTA, but are willing to accept the UBMTA terms, can also receive plasmids under this arrangement.