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Procurement and Delivery of Critical Scientific Equipment at White Oak Facilities

Description: This key project tracks the procurement and delivery 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 Associate Director for Research (ADR) office successfully completed the procurement and/or delivery of the following critical equipment:

  • 13 animal cage changing biological safety cabinets for the BSL-3 suites and White Oak (WO) Vivarium;
  • 239 BSL-2 and BSL-3 biological safety cabinets;
  • 65 mobile cabinets for the BSL-3 suites;
  • 45 vacuum pumps for the BSL-3 suites;
  • 139 water polishing units for the BSL-2 and BSL-3 laboratories;
  • 20 biocontainment cage units for the BSL-3 suites and WO Vivarium;
  • 229 mobile lab desk cabinets for the BSL-2 laboratories;
  • 48 high density freezers for the White Oak Freezer Farm and 75 Metro Shelving Units for cold room storage at White Oak.

    The procurement of equipment was completed by September 30, 2013. The installation of all equipment is currently being coordinated by the ADR office with the vendors and aims to be completed by June 1, 2014. Procurement of this critical scientific equipment not only supports CBER’s mission of ensuring safe and effective biological products but also helps to establish CBER laboratories as a state-of- the art Life Science Research Facility.

  • Briefing Status: Completed

    Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

    Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

    A. Delivery of Animal Cage Changing biological safety cabinets for the BSL-3 suites and Vivarium at White Oak


    Completed 11/8/2012

    B. Delivery of biological safety cabinets for the BSL-3 suites and BSL-2 laboratories at White Oak.


    Completed 3/28/2013

    C. Delivery of key equipment for the BSL-3 suites at White Oak: mobile casework, vacuum pumps and water polishers.


    Completed 3/5/2013

    D. Delivery of biocontainment cage units and racks for the BSL-3 suites and Vivarium at White Oak.


    Completed 4/30/2013

    E. Procurement of key equipment for the BSL-2 labs at White Oak: water polishers and mobile lab desk cabinets.


    Completed 9/30/2013

    Key Projects Legend

    Milestone StatusDefinition
    Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
    CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
    On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
    On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
    DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.


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