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RIKEN BRC now extends its distribution of GFP bioresources to a for-profit entity that has a bona fide GFP license of GE Healthcare

RIKEN BioResource Center (RIKEN BRC) and GE Healthcare (GE) concluded an agreement for the transfer of bioresources containing green fluorescent protein (GFP bioresources) to investigators at academic institutions, on July 12, 2011. By generosity of GE, RIKEN BRC has been distributing the GFP bioresources to universities and agencies of a government (Federal or State) for non-profit and academic research purposes without license fees.

As of May 22, 2012, the terms of the agreement have been extended to include a for-profit entity that has bona fide licenses of GE. GFP resources include mice, Arabidopsis thaliana, cells, and genomic clones with GFP and GFP mutants.
We hope that you will make use of these resources.

Conditions for use are as follows. Items 3 and 4 have been added to comply with the terms of the most recent agreement with GE.

  1. For an investigator at a university or agencies of a government (Federal or State), please download SCHEDULE A(Sample), “Letter for Use Prior to Transmission of Biological Materials to Investigators at Academic Institutions” from RIKEN BRC’s web site, fill in the form, and submit two signed copies to us together with two signed copies of RIKEN BRC’s MTA.
  2. For an investigator at a not-for-profit institution but not a university or agency of a government, or an investigator at a for-profit entity, RIKEN BRC is required to consult with and obtain the authorization by Life Technologies Corporation prior to distribution of GFP bioresources. Please contact us.
  3. If you belong to a for-profit entity, you must first contact GE directly at the address given below, regardless of whether or not your corporation is a GE bona fide licensee.

    Head of Licensing
    GE Healthcare Bio-sciences Corp
    100 Results Way
    Marlborough MA 01752

  4. If you are a for-profit entity that has been confirmed as a GE bona fide licensee and wish to place an order for GFP resources, you must download SCHEDULE A For Profit: Letter for Use Prior to Transmission of Biological Materials with Bona Fide Licenses, and fill in the required information. Please send to BRC, two signed copies of SCHEDULE A For Profit, and two signed copies of the BRC MTA.

    NOTE: GFP bioresources may not be used for commercial purposes as defined in SCHEDULE A
    “Commercial Purposes” means any activity by a party for consideration and may include, but is not limited to: (1) use of any of the Materials or their progeny or derivatives in manufacturing; (2) use of any of the Materials or their progeny or derivatives to provide a service (including screening), information, or data for consideration (provision of information, such as reports, to agencies providing grants to your institution is not a Commercial Purpose); (3) use of any of the Materials or their progeny or derivatives for therapeutic, diagnostic or prophylactic purposes; or (4) resale of the Materials or their progeny or derivatives, whether or not such Materials or their progeny or derivatives are resold for use in research.

    Please also note the limitations set forth under “2. Restrictions” in SCHEDULE B: Non-Commercial Use of GFP Transfer License Agreement.

  5. Please understand that every six months RIKEN BRC is obligated to provide GE with a list of all of the institutions to which RIKEN BRC has transferred GFP bioresources and copies of SCHEDULE A.

If you have developed your own GFP bioresources, we hope you will consider depositing them with RIKEN BRC. Such deposits will be a significant contribution to the promotion of related research and the creation and protection of relevant intellectual property. In addition, deposition will free you from time consuming preparation and distribution of bioresources to fellow researchers. Bioresources deposited with RIKEN BRC will be carefully preserved and maintained so that we may meet the needs of researchers around the world.

If you have any questions regarding the contract with GE, please contact F. Omae at BioResource Research Center Promotion Office (

For questions regarding specific resources, please contact the appropriate division:

  E-mail Fax
Experimental Animal Division (mouse strains) +81-29-836-9010
Experimental Plant Division
(Arabidopsis thaliana, seeds, genes and cultured cells) +81-29-836-9053
Cell Engineering Division (human and animal cell lines) +81-29-836-9130
Gene Engineering Division (DNA and cDNA clones) +81-29-836-9120

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