Cambridge Biotech, Addgene, Offers Awards to Innovative Academic Scientists

June 9, 2010

Addgene, a non-profit repository for recombinant DNA, announces it will be distributing $60,000 to academic laboratories through its "Addgene Innovation Awards."

Cambridge, Mass.--Addgene, a non-profit repository for recombinant DNA, announces it will be distributing $60,000 in awards in 2010 to help fund academic research.

Addgene has always been committed to facilitating research.  Now, in addition to helping scientists share resources, Addgene is giving back to the research community in a new way, through its “Addgene Innovation Awards.”

Addgene has developed a series of awards that will be granted to laboratories in the US that are true trendsetters in their fields. Addgene prides itself on having modernized the way scientists share resources, and is therefore rewarding scientists who have been leaders in their fields in terms of both their research and their commitment to the overall scientific community.

Addgene has teamed up with LabLife ( to help promote and distribute these awards. The first award, the “Resource Sharing Award” will be given to laboratories that are innovators in the way in which they share resources and information with the scientific community. Addgene is looking for laboratories that have used novel tools to help promote the sharing and distribution of scientific materials and information.

The deadline for the first award will be July 15th, 2010. Applications can be submitted through the novel-funding program, LabGiving ( and are welcome from any laboratory in the United States. For more information about the award or other awards that will be distributed through Addgene, please email

About Addgene:
Addgene was founded in June 2004 as a hub for scientific sharing and to promote biological and medical discoveries, and has ties to many local Universities including MIT, Tufts, and Harvard. Addgene stores, archives, and distributes plasmids, the gold currency for recombinant DNA. Plasmids are used by researchers worldwide to study how genes function, and are important for studying all types of diseases, from Cancer to Alzheimer’s.

Over the past 6 years, Addgene has developed a rich collection of over 12,000 plasmids, from academic scientists around the planet. Distributing high-quality plasmids to the global scientific community in a matter of days, Addgene provides a valuable service to life science research.


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