Last update: 2018-04-13
Created by: VectorBuilder Inc.
VectorBuilder is a revolutionary online platform aimed at providing researchers with one-stop solutions to all their vector design, custom cloning and virus packaging needs. Our web-based design tool provides a highly intuitive workflow for you to design your desired vector with just a few mouse clicks, all for free. You can then use our online ordering system to purchase the custom cloning of your vector – along with related services such as virus packaging – as easily as shopping on Amazon. The cost and turnaround time are just a fraction of DIY.
VectorBuilder’s web platform also offers unified data management that stores all the vectors, orders, and technical inquiries generated by customers in their accounts. All vectors feature a unique identifier and permanent URL, allowing researchers to retrieve and share any vectors they designed in an easy and secure manner.
Shortly after its launch in 2015, VectorBuilder has quickly become the world's largest provider of vector cloning and virus packaging services. VectorBuilder has won many awards for its highly innovative platform, which was acclaimed for combining sophisticated vector design capability with streamlined data management and extreme ease of use. To date, VectorBuilder has served tens of thousands of researchers in thousands of universities and companies worldwide, and has been cited in numerous scientific papers.
The creators of VectorBuilder believe that a vector is just a reagent, not a research project. Yet, we see too often that biologists, especially budding trainees, spend countless hours toiling in the lab trying to clone a few vectors, sometimes unsuccessfully after months of hard work. We believe this to be a colossal waste of human potential. We therefore decided to create VectorBuilder, a platform that makes vector construction easy, fast, affordable – and yes, fun – for researchers around the world.
If you are still not ready to outsource your cloning and virus packaging to VectorBuilder, consider this: About 40 years ago, labs made their own restriction enzymes. About 30 years ago, labs synthesized their own primers. About 20 years ago, labs made their own antibodies. Does anyone still do any of these in their own labs? No, because researchers have increasingly realized the value of outsourcing the making of research tools to more cost-effective commercial entities, so they can focus on the use of these tools to study their biological questions of interest. So make the smart move, outsource to VectorBuilder!
Besides cloning and virus packaging, VectorBuilder offers many other molecular biology services such as BAC modification (recombineering), library construction, DNA/RNA preparation, and mutagenesis.
VectorBuilder prides itself as a community resource for all things related to vectors. As such, it provides comprehensive educational materials about vectors and vector components, which are placed under Learning Center on the menu bar. With these materials, an apprentice of the trade can quickly learn the pros and cons of different vector system (e.g. lentivirus versus adenovirus) and what components to choose for their vectors (e.g. what fluorescent proteins to use). VectorBuilder also offers many free bioinformatics tools for DNA sequence analysis, such as sequence alignment, shRNA target design, and gRNA off-target analysis, which are placed under Tools on the menu bar.
VectorBuilder is a sister company of Cyagen Biosciences, a contract research organization headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA. Cyagen is the world’s largest supplier of custom-built mouse and rat models, and is also a leading provider of research-use stem cell products.