Vector Construction

As the world's largest provider of custom vector cloning services. VectorBuilder can make virtually any vector tailored to your research needs. Our vector systems have been optimized through extensive R&D work, and all have been validated by in vitro and, where applicable, in vivo testing. Besides cloning, we also offer many related services such as virus packaging, BAC modification, and library construction.
How to obtain vector construction services?
You can obtain cloning services as follows:
  • You can design your own vectors using our highly intuitive free online vector design tool. This tool is very easy to learn and use, and you can design a vector in just a minute or two. To use the tool, click the Design My Vector button on the homepage. Once you finish designing a vector, you will have the option to put the cloning service of the vector in your shopping cart.
  • If you are unable to use our online tool to design your desired vector or if you have other service needs, just submit your needs to us by clicking the Send Design Request button on the homepage. Our experienced scientists will design your vector for free and address your other service needs. You will receive an email containing a link to the vector design, where you will have the option to put the cloning service for the vector in your shopping cart.
  • When adding cloning services to your cart, you will also have the opportunity to add downstream services such as virus packaging or plasmid DNA preparation.
  • Lastly, you can place an order for the content of your shopping cart by following instructions there.
Price and turnaround time
VectorBuilder offers top-quality vector construction services at unbeatable price with rapid turnaround time. Outsourcing cloning to us is often cheaper than the cost of reagents you will need to do it yourself, let alone savings on your time, effort and headaches. All custom-built vectors undergo stringent quality control to ensure that they contain the correct sequence exactly as designed. The final deliverable is E. coli stock containing the vector of interest. Price and turnaround time are based on the criteria below.
These are vectors built from VectorBuilder's standard backbones and standard components.
Price and turnaround time for basic vectors:
Vector Type Price (USD) Turnaround*
shRNA vector $95 7-14 days
gRNA vector $95 7-14 days
Expression vector $145 10-16 days

* Turnaround time is defined as the time from when an order is accepted to when it is shipped. It does not include waiting time for any materials that the customer needs to supply (e.g. template DNA). Adenoviral vectors may take longer.

These are vectors using VectorBuilder's standard backbones, but which contain complex components that need to be created. They typically require multiple steps to build, and often involve complicated procedures such as amplification of large fragments from template DNA, fusion of multiple fragments, de novo gene synthesis, and targeted mutagenesis.

Additional price and turnaround time for complex vectors:
Cloning Procedure Additional Price (USD) Additional Turnaround
Insertion of one PCR fragment (≤3 kb) $50 5-10 days
Insertion of one PCR fragment (3-6 kb) $100 5-10 days
Insertion of two fused PCR fragments (3 kb) $100 5-11 days
Insertion of two fused PCR fragments (3-6 kb) $150 10-16 days
Insertion of three fused PCR fragments (3 kb) $130 5-12 days
Insertion of three fused PCR fragments (3-6 kb) $180 10-16 days
De novo gene synthesis (≤1.2 kb) $0.25/bp + processing fee 9-15 days
De novo gene synthesis (1.2-2.4 kb) $0.25/bp + processing fee 10-20 days
De novo gene synthesis (2.4-3.6 kb) $0.25/bp + processing fee 15-25 days
Mutagenesis $100/site 10-16 days

For other types of atypical fragments or procedures not listed above, such as fragments containing extremely high GC content, simple repeats or segmental repeats, additional cost and time may apply.

These are vectors built from backbones provided by the customer rather than using our own standard backbones. The customer-supplied backbone is first validated by restriction digest and sequencing of key regions before cloning. Prices for cloning non-standard vectors are considered on a case-by-case basis and start at $495.