Addgene is a unique, nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate research and discovery by improving access to useful research materials and information. Addgene operates a repository for a research reagent called a plasmid and serves as a scientific supply house providing useful research materials to researchers in all areas of the life sciences. Plasmids are important for understanding basic biology and for making advances in biomedical research. They are one of the most commonly used tools in a molecular biology lab. In the last few years, Addgene began also providing a viral vector preparation service for scientific viral reagents. This new service is rapidly growing in popularity and scientific impact.
The company was founded in 2004 and currently employs about 90 Addgenies. Depositing to the library is free. The quality control and repository costs are covered by affordable shipping and handling fees for plasmid requests. Over 600 plasmids ship daily from this facility to scientists in 100 different countries so has a broad international impact as well.The Addgene model does not require grant funding or donor support.