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Viral Vector Facility


We will provide here all important information regarding services and changes related to the VVF.

News list

  • 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.

  • Christmas break 2021/2022

    The Viral Vector Facility will be closed for Christmas holidays from December 24, 2021 until January 9, 2022.

  • AAV vector production for repository suspended

    Currently, no new serotypes can be produced for the AAV vector repository.

  • Core Day 2021

    The technology platforms and core facilities available at the UZH present themselves at the Core Day 2021.

  • Christmas break 2020/2021

    The Viral Vector Facility will be closed for Christmas holidays from December 24, 2020 until January 3, 2021.

  • Coronavirus - Update

    The VVF is open, shipping repository orders and accepting custom made orders

  • Shut down of VVF services due to Corona virus spread

    Due to the Corona virus spread, the VVF will be closed from 23 March 2020 until further notice.

  • VVF recognized as Central Technology Platform

    On January 01, 2020, the VVF has officially become a central technology platform of the University of Zurich.

  • Christmas break 2019/2020

    The VVF will be closed for Christmas holidays from December 21, 2019 until January 5, 2020.

  • Ordering system currently unavailable

    Due to server issues, the ordering system of the VVF is currently not available.

  • Interruption of services due to moving of lab and office rooms

    Due to the moving of lab and office rooms, some of the services of the VVF will not be available between July 22, 2019 and August 4, 2019.

  • Delay in production process due to shutdown of sequencing service by Eurofins Genomics

    The unexpected shutdown of the sequencing service from Eurofins Genomics will lead to delays in production and delivery of viral vectors.

  • Christmas break

    The VVF will be closed from December 22nd, 2018 until January 6th, 2019.

  • AAV-6(F129L) now available through VVF

    AAV-6(F129L) offers superior transduction of epithelial cells.

  • Anc80L65 AAV vectors now available through VVF

    Lonza Pharma & Biotech grants access to Anc80L65 AAV vectors for non-commercial (academic) research.

  • AAV serotypes DJ, DJ/8 and DJ/9 now available through VVF

    Efficient transduction in vitro and in vivo mediated by AAV-DJ, -DJ/8 and -DJ/9 vectors.

  • rAAV2-retro vectors now available through VVF

    A new AAV capsid variant, rAAV2-retro, which shows superior retrograde axonal transport, was reported recently and is now available through the VVF.

  • DREADD AAV vectors from Bryan Roth available

    The DREADD AAV vectors from Bryan Roth's lab will be made available as small aliquots via our repository.

  • AAV serotypes 3 and 4 now available through VVF

    The Viral Vector Facility now offers the production of AAV serotype 3B and 4 vectors.

  • Improvement of AAV purification

    The Viral Vector Facility has established a new protocol for the purification of AAV vectors, omitting the time consuming freeze-thaw step by using the Minilys from Bertin Technologies.

  • Rescue strategy for AAV plasmids with a defective 5'-ITR

    We and others have detected mutations or deletions within the 5'-ITR of several AAV plasmids. We have developed a strategy for replacing a defective 5'-ITR.

  • Program Opening and Information Event

    The program for the opening and information event is now available.

  • Opening and information event

    The VVF invites everybody interested to its opening and information event on September 2, 2015.

  • Official opening of the VVF on July 1, 2015

    The VVF of the ZNZ is pleased to announce its official opening for ZNZ members on July 1, 2015.

  • Test phase will finish end of June 2015

    After three and a half month, the VVF's test phase will finish end of June 2015.

  • Test phase started today

    The VVF initiated today its test phase, which is open for selected scientists only.

  • Scientific associate appointed

    Dr. Melanie Rauch joined the VVF.

  • VVF launched

    The VVF starts to acquire its laboratory equipment.