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Addgene Gives Back

One of the delights of working at Addgene is that Addgenies are often looking for ways to make an impact on the world even beyond our organization’s core mission. In addition to providing reagents and educational resources for scientists through our plasmid repository and blog, Addgene has partnered with various community organizations and supported career development and workforce projects to reach audiences beyond our plasmid depositors and requesters. Check out some of our recent Addgenie-launched endeavors here.

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Local & Global Community Projects

Conference grants in memory of two influential scientists and plasmid depositors are provided to trainees conducting research with fluorescent protein tools (annually since 2016).

Materials donated as a result of a 2015 relocation were included in Seeding Labs equipment shipments to Armenia, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia.

Plasmid grants for scientists in developing countries (annually since 2016)

Addgene partners with the Rare Genomics Institute to provide technological resources for those studying rare diseases (2013-2017).

Addgenies ran on behalf of the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) (2016).

Addgene donated used computers and electronic equipment to World Computer Exchange which provides refurbished computers to connect schools, libraries, orphanages and community centers in developing countries.

Plasmid discounts (ongoing)

Addgenies participate in build events (various years).

Holiday Gift

Gift, book, and clothing drives (annual)

Career and Workforce Projects and Partners

A program for Integrated Employment securing jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), allowing them to earn an income, pay taxes, and continuously and independently support themselves.

Prepares local low- to moderate-income adults for careers in the biotechnology, life sciences, and medical research industries. Addgene has employed 8 lab scientists through this program, many of whom have been promoted to full time.

MGH Postdoctoral Internship Program

Addgene provides six month intern positions for postdocs exploring career paths (2017-2018).

Groups of visiting high school students come to Addgene for tours, fun, and mentoring (2015-2018).

Summer Internship Program

Addgene has hosted dozens of high school and college age interns for summer experiences. We’ve hired everyone from employee children, to the son of our dedicated UPS delivery guy. We love teaching, training and mentoring.

Addgenies occasionally speak and provide funding to teach science trainees about thier myriad job opportunities after academic training. See also the Addgene Blog Careers section for great mentoring and advice. Invite an Addgenie to your career symposium today.