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Viral Vector Facility

Welcome to the Viral Vector Facility!

Services offered by the Viral Vector Facility

The VVF offers the following services:

  • premade AAV viral vectors (repository)
  • custom-made viral vectors
  • molecular biology services

Viral Vector Repository

Premade AAV viral vectors are available as 50 μl aliquots from our repository.

Due to the limited stability of lentiviral and γ-retroviral vectors, these kind of viral vectors can not be offered via our repository.

For more information, please have a look here, or go directly to our Viral Vector Repository.

Custom-made viral vectors

The VVF currently offers the production of the following viral vectors on a custom-made basis:

  • single-stranded and self-complementary adenovirus-associated virus (AAV) vectors
  • lentiviral (LV) vectors
  • γ-retrovirus (RV) vectors

More information can be found here. Ordering of custom-made viral vectors has to be done using our Ordering System.

Molecular biology services

The molecular biology services available at the VVF cover:

  • cloning (custom-made plasmids)
  • amplification of plasmids (e. g. cloned by customer, obtained from a collaborator, stab culture ordered from Addgene)
  • large scale amplification of plasmids (up to 100 mg)

Amplification of plasmids is not limited to viral vector plasmids. More information about the molecular biology services can be found here.

All of the molecular biology services have to be ordered through our Ordering System.

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Neuroscience Center Zurich

More about Neuroscience Center Zurich

The ZNZ (Neuroscience Center Zurich) is a joint competence center of ETH Zurich and University of Zurich creating synergies between neuroscientists in basic and clinical research. The VVF is part of the ZNZ.


  • Christmas break 2022/2023

    The Viral Vector Facility will be closed for Christmas holidays from December 24, 2022 until January 8, 2023.

  • Changes in order processing for international shipments

    From August 2022 on, international shipments will be shipped only on Mondays or Fridays (only for certain countries). Repository orders need therefore to be placed until Thursday, 6 a.m. (CET).

  • Summer break

    The VVF is making a summer break. No new viral vector productions will be initiated from July, 18 to 31.

  • Easter holidays

    The VVF is closed from April, 11, 2022 until April, 18, 2022.