Do you have any useful research reagents at the back of your freezer? If so, they could be commercialised to benefit the wider scientific community.
The MRC Reagents Catalogue contains monoclonal antibodies, polyclonal antibodies, mice, vectors and cell lines, generated by MRC researchers. It enables researchers to make useful research tools available to the wider scientific community without directly having to deal with enquiries.
Reagents are commercialised via partnerships with several major reagents companies including Millipore, eBioscience and Cedarlane Labs. For antibodies, an arrangement with ECACC ensures that antibody hybridomas only need be provided once, saving you from the burden of continued provision. The MRC Reagents Catalogue generates approximately £250,000 per year, which funds further MRC research. In addition, income generated is potentially eligible for the MRC Awards to Inventors scheme (for reagents created from 1 April 2012 onwards).
You can submit a reagent for potential commercialisation by completing the relevant form: Antibodies, Cell lines, Transgenic Mice or Vectors. For other reagent types or any questions, please contact Antonia Chatzopoulou (Antonia.Chatzopoulou@tech.mrc.ac.uk).
MRC Technology is responsible for the management and commercialisation of MRC reagents.