Agreement FAQs

When buying reagents, certain questions often come up: Are they pure enough? Will they work well with your processes? Can you count on the quality? Can you get as much as you need? Is the supplier reliable? Knowledgeable? Responsive?

We know that there are a lot of ways the wrong reagents can slow you down, waste resources and hinder profitable commercialization. Fortunately, at Advanced Biotechnologies we’ve anticipated those challenges. And we’ve made it possible to answer yes to every single question above.

We’ve invested a great deal of time and resources to create the intellectual property that yields the purest, most consistent reagents on the market. We have more than three decades of experience in manufacturing large, consistent lots of both common and rare reagents. And with an agreement in place, we can guarantee both the availability and the price of exactly the products you need.

All of which makes licensing the best way to ensure you’ll have a consistent, steady and worry-free supply of reagents to support your commercial projects.

How do I get a license or material transfer agreement?

To get started, please complete the Intended Use Form and return to The more information you can provide (quantity, strain, specific use, etc.) the more quickly we’ll be able to process your form and establish appropriate terms. We can enter into a confidentiality agreement on request.

We’ll review the information and notify you of any associated fees or royalties. When you’re ready to proceed, we’ll send you an executable agreement document for authorized signatures.

Why do I need an agreement?

Certain strains, and our manufacturing processes themselves, are our intellectual property. Protecting those techniques, specialized purification methods, and various strains of infectious agents allows us to provide you with pure, consistent products for many years.

The Terms and Conditions of Sale state that our products are intended for laboratory research purposes only and — unless otherwise indicated on the front of our invoice or on product labels, or unless otherwise agreed between Advanced Biotechnologies and the customer in a separate written agreement — our products are not to be used for any other purposes.

Purposes our products may not be used for include but are not limited to:

  • in vitro diagnostic purposes
  • in foods, drugs, or cosmetics for humans or animals
  • for commercial purposes, including:
    • research for new drugs or new drug discovery methods
    • research and development of products
    • to make inventions
    • to provide a service, information or data
    • in manufacturing, including quality control or quality assurance procedures

The agreement defines the responsibilities of the recipients and their institutions, and protects the rights of the recipients by offering the terms of warranty. It can also include the amount of material needed and guarantee pricing for a certain length of time. It prevents uncontrolled distribution of biological material by requiring a specific end user and institution be listed and by having reporting requirements for all transfers of the material.

Do I need an agreement if I’m only doing research?

Yes. We’ll review the information on your Intended Use Form to determine the type of agreement and the terms. Depending on the viral strain and intended use, some material will require a Material Transfer Agreement and others will require a License Agreement.

A License Agreement for the use of our products or any additional progeny or derivative of our products is required if you intend to develop licensed products, including but not limited to:

  • commercial diagnostic kits
  • commercial kit components
  • research kits
  • lab-developed tests
  • research reagents
  • services provided using our material
  • therapeutics
  • vaccines

I am only validating my assay; why do I need to sign something?

Products used to perform quality control tests, release testing, and validations are considered to be a commercial use because such testing is necessary for the final product to be sold. 

My agreement is about to expire; what should I do?

If you would like an extension on your current agreement, or additional material, complete the Intended Use Form. Let us know how much longer you would like to use the material and the quantity desired. Send the completed form to our Agreements Team at

If you are no longer using the material, progeny or derivatives, follow the instructions in your signed agreement for destruction of material and termination of rights.

Please note that material can only be used in accordance with the agreement. If the intended use of the material is outside the Field of Use in your current agreement, contact us for information about acquiring the proper type of agreement.

Still have questions?

If your question wasn’t answered here, pleased contact us at