Baculovirus Packaging

Recombinant baculovirus is widely used for the expression of recombinant proteins in cultured insect cells and mammalian cells. It is one of the most versatile and powerful systems for eukaryotic expression of recombinant proteins, especially for those where maintenance of eukaryotic-specific post-translational modifications is critical.
VectorBuilder has developed a series of proprietary technologies and reagents that have greatly improved recombinant baculovirus production protocols in terms of titer, purity, viability and consistency. As a result, we have a growing base of highly satisfied customers who come back to us time after time for their baculovirus vector cloning and baculovirus packaging needs.
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Types of baculovirus offered

We offer baculovirus strain AcMNPV (Autographa californica multicapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus) for our baculovirus protein expression system.

Price and turnaround

Due to our technological advantage, our baculovirus packaging services have the highest quality in the industry and are also faster and more affordable than those from other suppliers. Prices and turnaround times for different scales of baculovirus packaging are shown below:

Scale Application Titer & Volume* Price (USD) Turnaround*
Medium Cell culture >106 PFU/ml, 10x100 ul, DPBS buffer $599 15-22 days
Large Cell culture >107 PFU/ml, 10x100 ul, DPBS buffer $999 22-29 days

* Estimated turnaround is the time from production initiation to completion. It does not include waiting time for any customer-supplied materials (e.g. template DNA or viral vectors), QC of such materials, and transit time for shipping final deliverables to the customer.


Each order includes the following deliverables:

  • Aliquots of custom baculovirus at selected scale
  • Free: aliquots of control virus*
* The control baculovirus is designed to match the biological application of the custom virus and to be used for testing baculovirus transduction. For example, if the custom virus overexpresses a gene, then the control virus provided will be EGFP baculovirus (baculovirus overexpressing EGFP). Detailed information for the control virus is shown below:
Control Vector Name Control Vector ID Custom Virus Packaging Scale Control Virus Amount
pBV-EGFP VB170317-1029uux Medium >10PFU/ml, 2x100 ul in DPBS
Large >10PFU/ml, 2x100 ul in DPBS
Production and titration

For our baculovirus manufacturing, the baculovirus transfer plasmid carrying the gene of interest (GOI) is co-transformed with a helper plasmid expressing the Tn7 transposase into the bacterial host harboring the empty baculovirus shuttle vector (a.k.a. bacmid) to generate recombinant bacmid. The recombinant bacmid is then transfected into insect Sf9 cells. After a short incubation period, viral particles are harvested from medium and further concentrated by sucrose cushion centrifugation. We use a qPCR-based approach to measure baculorivus titer.

Quality control

For each baculovirus produced by VectorBuilder, quality control includes titer measurement, sterility testing for bacteria and fungi, and mycoplasma detection. If the transfer vector encodes a fluorescent protein, we would transduce cells with virus and detect corresponding fluorescence.

Customer-supplied vectors

If customer-supplied baculovirus transfer plasmids or recombinant bacmids are used, please send them to us following the Materials Submission Guidelines. Please strictly follow our guidelines to set up shipment to avoid any delay or damage of materials. All customer-supplied materials undergo mandatory QC by VectorBuilder which may incur a $100 surcharge for each item. Please note that production may not be initiated until customer-supplied materials pass QC.


Please refer to our Vector FAQ for commonly asked technical questions. To get additional information about what we can offer, please contact VectorBuilder's service team following the contact information here.