In an effort to streamline the transfer of materials to Addgene, a non-profit plasmid repository and long-time collaborator with the university, two master agreements were recently executed between the organization and the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO).

Master Deposit Agreement

The Master Deposit Agreement eliminates the review and negotiation of terms for a deposit agreement with Addgene, saving time for the Principal Investigator (PI). Materials now only need to be reviewed through TCO prior to depositing into Addgene’s repository.

Master Reception Agreement

The Master Reception Agreement encompasses certain types of agreements that are pre-approved for the transfer of materials to Ohio State PIs. For example, materials that come in under the Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) are pre-approved by the university, the PI only has to acknowledge the terms of use of the material and the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) will be finalized.

Both agreements also remove the need for PIs to fill out online MTA request forms. For questions regarding the new process surrounding the Addgene Master Agreements please email