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In biology, new technology drives innovation. We work to share everything we do here – innovation, ideas, tools, techniques – with scientists globally, in nonprofit research, academia, and business.
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When our researchers create innovations like specialized microscopes, software, or better reagents, we work to make these new tools accessible to other scientists, as widely and cost-effectively as possible. We team up with nonprofits that are just as passionate about scientific discovery as we are, and we work with commercial partners that can build on our ideas to produce new products.

We also open our doors in a number of other ways, from our long-standing conference program to our Advanced Imaging Center. Our goal is to make Janelia a resource for the entire scientific community, in as many ways as possible.

Open Science Resources

In addition to publication in scholarly journals, discussion at scientific conferences, and general exchange in the scientific community, we provide data, software, information, materials, and organisms through the following venues.

Janelia Tools and Innovations

We index our offerings on the Tools & Innovations page. There you can find:

 

Third-party repositories

We use repositories to share resources from our research, whether it’s a model organism, a plasmid, a chemical compound, or novel software. Those platforms include:

 

 

Plasmids & Viruses at Addgene

 

Data on Figshare

 

Zebrafish at ZIRC​

 

Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center

 

Tools on Flintbox

 

Software at GitHub

 

Mice at Jackson Laboratory

 

 

Commercial platforms

Commercial organizations have the capacity to scale up and broadly distribute new innovations, such as a new biosensor or imaging technology. We develop relationships and collaborate with the business world to facilitate this model. Our goal is not to generate revenue, but rather to maximize the impact of tools developed here by making them widely available to scientists everywhere.