Joanne Kamens, Addgene

Meet our Newest Board Member: Joanne Kamens

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We are thrilled to announce the newest member of Seeding Labs’ Board of Directors: Joanne Kamens, PhD, executive director of Addgene. Addgene is a nonprofit plasmid repository dedicated to helping scientists around the world share useful research reagents and data and has partnered with Seeding Labs to advance molecular biology research among our Instrumental Access scientists. Before taking the helm at Addgene, Dr. Kamens’ career spanned research positions in both academic and pharma settings. A passionate mentor, she has been raising awareness of women scientists since 1998, when she realized that an entire week had gone by at work and …

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Seeding Labs & Addgene: Teaming Up to Catalyze Molecular Biology Research

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Can you imagine needing to fly to another continent to get a research tool? Many scientists in developing countries, limited by connections and funds, travel back and forth to their collaborators’ labs to obtain the equipment and reagents necessary to do cutting-edge research. Our flagship program Instrumental Access addresses one critical aspect of this problem–access to equipment–but it is only one barrier to scientific discovery that researchers around the world face. For molecular biologists, access to plasmids—DNA constructs holding genes and genetic elements that scientists can study and manipulate—is essential. Obtaining plasmids can be a significant challenge for scientists in …