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ATCC creates Biomaterial Contributor Network to assist the research community.
, a biological materials resource and standards organization, announces material deposit agreements with more than 30 public and private institutions. These institutions will have the option to participate in the biomaterial contributor network (BCN), and make research materials available to the research community. ATCC will coordinate with technology transfer offices at each institution to create a process for adding microbial strains and cell lines to the ATCC collection. Participants will have an opportunity to receive a share of the revenue from the sale and licensing of materials developed at their institutions. Over 225 biological materials are deposited under these agreements to date, with most available to both contributors and others as determined jointly by ATCC and the institution.