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What is an MTA and why do I need one?

  • The Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a legal agreement that governs the transfer of scientific materials. It offers intellectual property and liability protection for the provider of the materials in our repository.
  • Since we do not own any of the materials that we distribute, Addgene MTAs are between the institution that has deposited the materials (PROVIDER) and the institution that has requested the materials (RECIPIENT).
  • For transfers between nonprofit or academic institutions, Addgene uses the Uniform Biological Materials Transfer Agreement (UBMTA).

IMPORTANT: The MTA must be approved and signed by a legally authorized representative of the recipient organization before Addgene can prepare your order for shipment. Submitting an MTA with an unauthorized signature will delay your order by at least 1 business day. Addgene reserves the right to review and reject all signatures.

For more information on how we process MTAs, please watch our instructional videos below or visit our MTA page.



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