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What is a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) and why do I need one?

The Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is an agreement between the recipient and the depositing institutions that governs the transfer of scientific materials. It offers intellectual property and liability protection for the material providers. Institutions and laboratories that have deposited materials at Addgene require us to use MTAs for all plasmid transfers.

For transfers between nonprofit or academic institutions, Addgene uses the Uniform Biological Materials Transfer Agreement (UBMTA). This agreement must be signed by an authorized representative of the recipient institution before Addgene can ship the plasmids to the requesting scientist.

For more information on MTAs, please visit our MTA page.

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