Welcome to the UNC Vector Core

The Vector Core at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Vector Core) was founded in 1993 as a full-service viral vector production organization.  We have extensive experience in manufacturing research grade vectors utilize our unique expertise to ensure your project is on time and on budget.

Our goal is to deliver the highest quality vectors to our academic, government, foundation, and biotech industry clients. 


New Production Facility

The Vector Core has recently relocated to 7027 Thurston Bowles Building on the UNC campus.  The space includes separate suites for non-viral work, different viruses, quality control and support areas.


Our Production Platform

We have developed a suspension cell based production platform that utilizes serum-free media to increase efficiency and purity. Our proprietary system decreases the amount of processing steps necessary in methods using adherent cells while also reducing the variability and shortcomings associated with using FBS, giving our clients superior vectors at a lower cost.

Our system is easily scalable from 500mL to multiple 20L bioreactor batch sizes. This uniform manufacturing structure ensures the consistency of our vectors across multiple production scales. So, whether you need a small amount of virus for in vitro analysis of your gene of interest or large scale research grade vector production, you can be sure that your material will be of the highest quality and perform as expected.

The absence of animal components in the manufacturing of our vectors reduces the risk of contamination from adventitious agents. In addition, our production platform uses Wave bioreactors to minimize the number of open steps and cross-contamination.