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Delivery and Installation of Critical Scientific Equipment at White Oak Facilities

Description: This key project tracks the delivery and installation of critical scientific equipment for the new CBER laboratories at the White Oak campus. The procurement and delivery of the biological safety cabinets, mobile casework, vacuum pumps, water polishers and biocontainment cage units is necessary to establish operational BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs and the Vivarium.

Public Health Outcome: These labs support the advancement of cell, gene and tissue therapies, blood and blood component products, vaccines, allergenic products and other important biologics. Helping to establish these laboratories is instrumental in supporting the efforts of CBER scientists to ensure safe and effective biological products.

Accomplishment: The CBER ADR office successfully completed the delivery and installation of the following critical equipment:

  • 139 water polishing units for the BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories;
  • 48 high density freezers for the White Oak Freezer Farm;
  • 20 biocontainment cage units for the BSL-3 suites and WO Vivarium;
  • 75 Metro Shelving units for cold room and BSL-3 storage;
  • 229 mobile lab desk cabinets for the BSL-2 laboratories.

    The delivery and installation of equipment was completed by September 30, 2014. This critical scientific equipment not only supports CBER’s mission but also helps to establish CBER laboratories as a state-of- the art Life Science Research Facility.

    Additionally, the CBER ADR office completed the migration of LN2 and -80C laboratory materials into high density freezers subsequently transported to the White Oak Freezer Farm. The LN2 and -80C Freezer Farm migration was a lengthy process that involved multiple levels of coordination to ensure an efficient and reliable transfer of reagents critical to the success of CBER’s regulatory science programs.

    Lastly, together with the CBER Safety Program, CBER was successful in getting the BSL-3 laboratories operational. The completion of the BSL-3 labs was delayed due to construction and repair issues beyond our control and labs were finally certified in April 2015. During that time we worked with employees to carefully develop SOPs, train individuals, and make sure all labs were functional with the proper equipment. Our select agent program underwent a USDA inspection in April and we should receive our inspection report shortly. The move to the White Oak campus has been extremely beneficial to CBER. The proximity to the other centers will foster more collaboration and help advance our regulatory science research programs. We have also improved and expanded our general and specialized laboratories and core technology facilities. We have ten BSL-3 laboratory suites that will enable CBER to better support pandemic influenza preparedness and conduct research on infectious agents of concern such as anthrax, rabies, dengue virus, Chikungunya virus, tuberculosis, prions, and HIV. The new White Oak Vivarium now has the capacity to generate and breed transgenic animals and perform various imaging techniques including MRI, CT, IVIS, Digital X-rays and Ultrasounds. We also have capabilities for state-of-the-art cell analysis with our flow cytometry and confocal microscopy core facilities. Together the improved laboratory infrastructure will advance CBER’s regulatory science program in support of the FDA’s regulatory mission by allowing CBER scientists to be proactive in addressing gaps in scientific knowledge in emerging technologies and emerging infectious diseases, thus facilitating development of innovative medical products, while also having the technologic and scientific expertise to react to public health and regulatory crises.

  • Briefing Status: COMPLETED

    Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

    Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

    A. Delivery of key equipment for LSB2: water polishers, high density freezers, animal cage racks, metro shelving, and mobile pedestals


    Completed 2/7/2014

    B. Installation of key equipment for LSB2: water polishers, high density freezers, animal cage racks, metro shelving, and mobile pedestals (1)


    Completed 9/30/2014

    C. Preparing for the BSL-3and Select Agent Programs


    Completed 9/15/2014

    D. Migration of the Freezer Farm


    Completed 9/15/2014


    • (1) The dates for milestone B and milestone C were adjusted due to a construction delay. If a milestone is missed, the milestone will remain delayed until the milestone is completed.

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    CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
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