More 2017-2018 technology prizes open to all rare disease researchers are coming soon! The 2017-2018 competition will also feature $100,000 of cash grants specifically dedicated to research on Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy.


Addgene

Website: www.addgene.org

Prizes: Reagents 

Prize Description:
$5,000 in reagent requests from our plasmid library to be used by the competing teams in crafting and executing their research proposals.  This is ~80 individual plasmids or kits that come to that total in cost.

Your order will be contingent upon your institution signing a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) for the transfer.  Addgene will initiate the MTA once your order has been placed.  Currently most plasmids are only available to scientists affiliated with nonprofit, research organizations.  


Company Description:
Addgene is a nonprofit, mission-driven company dedicated to facilitating collaboration and sharing in the scientific community.  Addgene promotes this mission by administration of a large, robust plasmid repository.  Depositing is free.  There is a small fee for requests to cover the costs of storage and quality control.  Our searchable database allows scientists to find what they need for their research. Addgene also provides extensive educational information and protocol support via our website and blog (blog.addgene.org).

Addgene Fast Facts

  • Recommended by over 20 journals, including Cell Press, Nature and PNAS
  • Plasmids from over 3,000 contributing laboratories at 500 Institutions worldwide
  • >50,000 plasmids stored
  • Each plasmid is sequenced to confirm key functional regions
  • >700,000 plasmids shipped - ~2,500 plasmids/week
  • 52% of requests are sent outside the United States to 79 different countries
  • Samples shipped within 2 business days of MTA approval

Why use Addgene to request plasmids?

  • Convenient:  Gain access to many laboratories’ plasmids through one request
  • Access:  Addgene can arrange shipment to (almost) any country in the world
  • Time saving:  Receipt of plasmid within days after MTA approval
  • Quality:  Reliable source for sequenced materials 
  • Collaborative:  Participate in our Community!

Taconic Biosciences

Website: www.taconic.com

Prize: Mouse Model

Prize Description: Generation of a cohort of heterozygous animals bearing either a deletion or a point mutation in a selected gene. The service includes: generation of founder animals using the CRISPR/Cas9 technology; germline transmission of the desired mutation, and cryopreservation and storage of the line.

Company Description:
Taconic Biosciences has been a leading provider of research models for over 60 years. Through all six decades, we’ve had a singular mission—to create a difference in human health by providing the best, most relevant mouse and rat models to researchers in the life science community. Why? Because better models are more predictive and relevant, leading to greater insights into diseases and their treatments. 
Better, more predictive models also mean fewer animals are needed to get to biological insight. Taconic embraces a high ethical standard for animal use in research, and ensures that animals in our facilities receive the highest levels of care and compassion. 


Cyagen

Website: www.cyagen.com/us/en/

Prize descriptions:

  • 5 free TurboKnockout vector constructions for TurboKnockout projects (valued at $8,950 each, for a total value of $44,750) [http://www.cyagen.com/us/en/service/turboknockout-gene-targeting-mouse.html]
  • 5 free Rosa26 CRISPR large fragment knockin vector constructions + F1 breeding (valued at $6,850 each, for a total value of $34,250). [http://www.cyagen.com/us/en/service/crispr-based-rosa26-large-fragment-knockin-mice.html]
  • 5 free transgenic vectors (up to $500 value) and preparation of DNA for injection and genotyping strategy (valued at $850 each, for a total value of $4,250) [http://www.cyagen.com/us/en/service/transgenic-mice.html]
  • 10 free lentiviral vectors, up to $400 in value each (valued at $400 each, for a total of $4,000). Vectors can be easily designed with our online platform, VectorBuilder [http://www.vectorbuilder.com/design/vector/pLV_Ex]; additional Lentiviral designs can be made by selecting the appropriate vector type at [http://www.vectorbuilder.com/design]

Website(s):

www.cyagen.com

www.vectorbuilder.com

Company Description:

Cyagen Biosciences is the world's largest provider of custom-designed transgenic and knockout mouse services, a leader in molecular biology tools and manufacturer of research-use stem cells and related culture reagents. Cyagen prides itself on its premium customer service:  including price-matching, client access to complimentary technical consultations, full confidentiality and a 100% money-back service guarantee. We offer a "one-stop shop" tailored to all your gene research needs including BAC and PiggyBac transgenic services, CRISPR-mediated mouse and rat genome editing and our new technology,Turboknockout® - an ES cell mediated service that provides you with conditional knockout, reporter knockin and humanization mouse models in as little as 6-8 months. Cyagen recently introduced Vectorbuilder - a revolutionary new online vector construction and ordering platform that allows you to design and order your custom vectors faster and cheaper than doing it yourself. Founded in 2006, Cyagen Biosciences Inc. is a 300-employee contract research organization and cell culture product manufacturer headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, and with offices in Germany and China. Cyagen’s mission is to bring outstanding-quality research reagents, tools, and services to the worldwide biological research community at highly competitive prices.