Open Material Transfer Agreement

Join us in increasing global innovation through open, streamlined collaboration

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What You Can Expect With OpenMTA


Materials available under the OpenMTA are free of any royalty or fees, other than appropriate and nominal fees for preparation and distribution.


Providers may request attribution and reporting for materials distributed under the OpenMTA.


Materials available under the OpenMTA may be modified or used to create new substances.


The OpenMTA does not restrict any party from selling or giving away the materials, either as received or as part of a collection or derivative work.


The OpenMTA supports the transfer of material between researchers at all types of institutions, including academic, industry, government and community laboratories.

How OpenMTA Works

Being a Part of OpenMTA Will:

✓ Eliminate or reduce transaction costs associated with access, use, modification, and redistribution of materials;

✓ Support collaboration among researchers across institutional and international boundaries;

✓ Promote access to materials for researchers in less privileged institutions and world regions;

✓ Provide an avenue for researchers and their institutions to be credited for materials and data made openly available;

✓ Facilitate translation of biotechnologies into products and services that benefit all people and the planet.

How OpenMTA Helps:

Start-up Companies
Technology Transfer
Developing Countries

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Our Partners

OpenMTA was developed as a collaborative effort
led by the BioBricks Foundation and