NuAire CO2 Incubator Made with CuVerro Fights Contamination in a University of Liverpool Laboratory

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SCHAUMBURG, IL– The University of Liverpool’s (UK) Biological Sciences Department has installed a NuAire incubator lined with CuVerro® bactericidal copper. Copper and copper alloys are powerful antimicrobials with rapid, broad-spectrum efficacy against bacteria, including MRSA, E.coli, and VRE. CuVerro is a bactericidal copper touch surface that kills 99.9 percent of bacteria* within two hours of contact and is EPA-registered.

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John Jerger of Triple Red UK, who supplied and installed the NuAire CO2 Incubator Made with CuVerro, explains, “Bacterial contamination was a particular concern for this client, so we supplied the incubator with a CuVerro® bactericidal copper lining. Bacteria settling on the copper surfaces will be continuously killed off, working in conjunction with HEPA filtration and a high temperature decontamination cycle to offer the cleanest possible surfaces.”

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Touch surfaces made CuVerro are used by healthcare facilities and research laboratories around the world to reduce exposure to infectious bacteria*, supplementing key infection control measures such as good hand hygiene and frequent surface cleaning and disinfection. 

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To learn more how adding CuVerro to your NuAire CO2 Incubator can benefit you download our white paper.

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About CuVerro

For more information visit or contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at or 1-877-311-2883.

CuVerro® is manufactured by GBC Metals, LLC, doing business as Olin Brass, a wholly owned subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper, Inc. which is a subsidiary of Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc., the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper, copper-alloy and bactericidal copper sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, ingot and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC Metals engages in the melting, casting, rolling, drawing, extruding and stamping of specialized copper and copper alloys finished products from scrap, cathode and other refined metals. (OB-0032-1509)

About NuAire

NuAire has built a reputation as an industry leader in laboratory equipment manufacturing for more than 40 years. It now produces over 100,000 biological safety cabinets in 150 countries around the world. It now serves the needs of the world’s growing laboratory community with brilliant and practical designs of outstanding value, backed by exceptional service.

About Triple Red UK

Triple Red UK has been NuAire’s authorized and dedicated local distributor in the United Kingdom for over 15 years. Triple Red provides the sales and service of laboratory equipment. The company philosophy is one of customer service, whether it be next day delivery for consumables, specialist help for any of the products or comprehensive service packages for all the equipment. To learn more about Triple Red visit

*Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly, CuVerro surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli O157:H7, and Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE).The use of CuVerro® bactericidal copper products is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. This surface has been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but it does not necessarily prevent cross contamination.

A Proper Biosafety Training Program is a Must

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A Proper Biosafety Training Program is a must

A biosafety cabinet can be an essential tool for effective laboratory work. However, it is also essential that a complete biosafety program be implemented in any laboratory that uses a biosafety cabinet. A biosafety cabinet program can help ensure that users of the cabinet and those around it stay safe and uncontaminated while work is being done.

Not implementing a program can have disastrous results. For example, just last week, an employee at the world-famous disease lab in Winnipeg was infected with a dangerous disease due to a lack of proper training and no formal safety instruction program in the lab.

The Importance of Proper Biosafety Training Program for Biosafety Cabinet Users

There are many components to a biosafety program, and one of the most important for those using a biosafety cabinet is proper routine training. The reason routine training is so crucial is that user error when operating a biosafety cabinet can have catastrophic results.

Routine training can help regularly remind both supervisors and employees of the important do’s and don’ts of safely working with a biosafety cabinet – and there are many for users to keep in mind. For example, a training program can remind users that simple things like an arm movement blocking the cabinet’s front airflow grill may result in contaminated air leaking out into the laboratory, as well as ruin the experiment inside the cabinet. It can also remind them that not working at the proper sash height may cause an imbalance of inflow and downflow velocities, resulting in contaminated air either entering the sterile work area or flowing into the laboratory. Routine training is one of the most effective ways to avoid simple user errors like those mentioned above and keep everyone safe.

Training Resources for a Proper Biosafety Training Program

If you are looking to develop the right biosafety program for your facility, one of the best resources is NuAire. NuAire is not only an expert on biosafety cabinets and their usage, but they also have a series of helpful Working Safely videos, which provide a wealth of important, easy-to-understand information about how to use a biosafety cabinet and what to keep in mind while you do so. NuAire’s videos provide instructions on all aspects of using a biosafety cabinet – from proper preparation to effective cleanup – and they are an extremely valuable tool for any lab looking to build and implement a regular training program for its biosafety cabinet users.


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LabGard AIR Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet Now Available

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LabGard AIR Class II Biosafety Cabinet Now Available

NuAire, Inc., is pleased to announce the launch of our newest biological safety cabinet, the LabGard AIR. This is a Class II, Type A2 cabinet specifically designed to meet the demanding needs of today’s research facilities. With a demonstrated concern for safety, multiple opening options, and variable output scenarios, the LabGard AIR is the answer to your lab’s needs.

LabGard AIR Major Features

With an ergonomic design and monolithic construction, the LabGard AIR cabinet is a sturdy and functional addition to your facility. It features three available opening sizes: 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch. The 8-inch opening offers a lower operating cost while the 12-inch offers a 40 percent larger reach for your technicians. The ergonomic features also include an armrest to reduce forearm and wrist strain while leaving the air flow system fully operational. This cabinet is available in widths from 3 to 6 feet to suit a variety of lab layouts.

The FlowGard system uses an airflow sensor to control your airflow in real time and display it on the easy-to-read OLED display. Depending on the biologics being used in your lab, you can choose to recycle the airflow in the cabinet, vent it to the HVAC system for low-grade contaminants or a combination of the two. HEPA filtration is standard and is attached to the plenum assembly.

We know safety is a major concern for you. That’s why each LabGard AIR cabinet features a plenum under negative pressure pressure at all times, reducing the risk of airborne leaks.

Other Standard Features

  • NSF and TUV listed
  • OLED display with intuitive controls
  • Ultra high efficiency motor
  • Front filter removal
  • HEPEX Zero Leak Airflow system
  • Tempered glass view screen

With optional features that include overall width, opening size, and such accessories as stands and ultraviolet lights, you can customize your LabGard AIR to meet the specific needs of your project and facility.

For more information or a demonstration of the LabGard AIR Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet please contact your nearest reputable NuAire sales representative.

About NuAire

NuAire is family owned and operated in Plymouth, MN providing employment to over 250 Minnesota families. NuAire manufacturers ergonomically designed laboratory equipment to Life Science, Clinical, Animal, and Environmental Laboratories as well as Compounding Pharmacies. We are committed to your success designing quality, long lasting laboratory equipment that fits your application for an affordable price.

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NuAire to help with ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety in February of 2016

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Many technological advances have been made to ensure biosafety in the workplace. ABSA (American Biological Safety Association) is putting on a 5-Day Course of Principles & Practices of Biosafety that will introduce the essential elements of biosafety. NuAire is assisting the 5-day course by providing a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet for ABSA’s use. NuAire is at the forefront in promoting biosafety, and continues to make technological advances towards a safer workplace environment.

ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety

The ABSA adheres to certain principles and practices of biosafety which they believe you should know about and practice in your workplace. In their five-day course, they focus on biosafety principles and practices that include an introduction to the essentials elements of biosafety, as well as an extensive resource list for reference. Along with teaching about potential biological hazardous materials, ABSA can educate you on how to minimize the risk of releasing hazardous materials or otherwise exposing yourself to them. They can also provide you with effective technical expertise for situations in which you may come in contact with biological hazardous materials.

ABSA’s end objective with this course is to give you hands-on experience so that you not only know how to describe biological hazards, but also identify potential risks associated with them, allowing you to effectively implement safety solutions your workplace. This course is for beginners entering the profession as well as biosafety professionals with up to three years experience.

To sign up for this course, visit and register online. You can also call the ABSA Office at 1-866-425-1385 or e-mail for more information.

NuAire’s Class II Biological Safety Cabinet

NuAire providing a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet to help with ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety. They offer several models of cabinets, each of which features personnel, product and environmental protection. All of these products are high quality and will provide you with optimal control over biological hazards. One such cabinet is LabGard ES Air Class II Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet that protects you, your work, and the environment by monitoring and controlling real-time airflow through an airflow sensor.

Looking to purchase a Biological Safety Cabinet? Download our Buying Guide

NuAire’s Place in the 2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

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2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

When it comes to safety in the workforce, businesses have taken an important stance on developing technology that ensures better biosafety and biosecurity. From using biodegradable equipment to implementing high-quality air-filtration systems, companies are ensuring a healthier environment for future generations. As a leader in the biosafety industry, NuAire is currently working with the IFBA to provide and promote biosafety and biosecurity worldwide and has enlisted in ABSA as a corporate member.

2015 ABSA Griffin Grant Program

ABSA is working with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, Inc. to soliciting proposals for a project that includes developing materials that will assist biosafety practitioners throughout the world with understanding, developing, implementing and validating protocols for inactivation of biological agents.

To apply for a grant to assist with this project click here.

Collaborating with the IFBA

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations has been integral in raising awareness and promoting biosafety and biosecurity and strives to ensure safe, practical and sustainable solutions for Biological Safety Cabinets — enclosed, ventilated laboratory workspaces where users can safely handle materials that might contain pathogens — worldwide. IFBA and NuAire work to provide safe alternative products that are healthier for the environment and are committed to training, educating and servicing Biological Safety Cabinets to ensure they are used in accordance with regulations and continue to be a sustainable option. NuAire has also signed on to Containment Engineering Working Group in an effort to educate and train biocontainment engineers to install, service and maintain Biosafety Cabinets.

The ABSA and Griffin Grant Program

The American Biological Safety Association was founded in 1984, serves the increasing needs of biosafety professionals worldwide and ensures biosafety as a discipline. The Griffin Grant Program, a nonprofit organization, was created to promote safety, increase occupational awareness in research communities and help fund further research into zoonotic diseases. The Griffin Grant Program teamed up with ASBA in an effort to support activities that align with the goals of both institutions, allocating funds to promote safety measures and education.


For over 40 years, NuAire has prided itself on designing, manufacturing and selling biosafety products to meet the industry’s needs and expectations. All of the models use HEPA filtration and are designed according to the user’s needs for containment and experimental focus. To learn more about Biological Safety Cabinets, please contact us at NuAire today.


LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available

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 The LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available. One of our most exciting product launches yet!

The LabGard ES is designed as a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet to provide personal, product, and environmental protection used for work with minute quantities of non‐flammable or explosive volatile toxic chemicals and trace amounts of radionuclides required as an adjunct to microbiological studies must be exhausted through properly functioning exhaust canopies.

LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Construction Highlight

Model NU-540 is designed as a monolithic shell to lengthen product life and enhance safety. A single piece of stainless steel is bent to create the back and side walls of the cabinet. A stainless steel top and bottom are welded into place creating the pressure tight shell. Finally a coved insert is welded into place creating an easier to clean work zone and adds durability creating a double wall under negative pressure. The end result is a pressure tight, single piece shell to help keep you and your laboratory safe.

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LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Protection Highlight

LabGard ES can put your concerns to rest with a dynamic air barrier of 105 fpm (0.53 m/s) at the front of the cabinet. The air barrier creates a vacuum through the air foil grill separating the work zone from the laboratory. This air barrier protects you and your work.

True laminar airflow flushes the work zone at 60 fpm (0.30 m/s) protecting your samples. The 70% recirculated/30% exhausted air created an air split in the middle of the cabinet helps to minimize product cross contamination by capturing particles within the unidirectional airflow and capturing them through the front and/or back grills to the HEPA filter.

Learn more about how LabGard ES NU-540 can help you and your research. Click here to view the product page! →


Novartis Pharmaceuticals are developing a new way to treat cancer

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Morris Plains, NJ: In what may prove to be the next breakthrough in cancer treatment, researchers at Novartis Pharmaceuticals are developing a new way to treat cancer. The process, known as CAR-T, involves removing the patient’s T-cells, genetically engineering them in the lab to recognize and attack tumor cells, and returning them to the patient’s body.

While this process may sound like a clinical trial that is many years out, it is actually close to becoming a reality. Early clinical trials involving patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who stopped responding to other treatments have shown some success. Many of the patients’ tumors completely disappeared, and several patients have remained cancer-free for long periods.

“There are going to be many other tests, in other cancers, immune diseases and even some genetic diseases may eventually be treated,” Dr. David Epstein, the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Division Head, told CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. “So we don’t know if it’s going to be used for thousands of patients, or tens of thousands of patients, or in the best case scenario, many years out, even more.”

Novartis Pharmaceuticals is leading the push to bring this new treatment to fruition. CAR-T stands for chimeric antigen receptor therapy. It’s a form of immunotherapy known as adoptive cell transfer in which treatments are designed to use the patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer. Novartis says that if all goes well, its first product could hit the market as early as 2017.

Sterility is of the utmost importance when handling patient cells. Clinical researchers at Novartis view every cell culture as an extension of the patient, and because of that, they engage in the most rigorous biosafety measures. Researchers must wear several layers of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, two pairs of gloves, goggles and masks.

Additional biosafety is provided by using NuAire custom biosafety cabinets while working with cell cultures. These cabinets offer Class II protection for personnel, product and the environment. They can be used for applications that require protection from potentially harmful aerosols and airborne particles. NuAire custom solutions aren’t limited to cancer research – they allow for a variety of application uses.


Biosafety and Hazardous Product Storage

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Amid a spate of incidents of improperly stored, potentially infectious biological agents–including anthrax, smallpox, and avian influenza–reported in July 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued letters to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health and Human Services Inspector General questioning adherence to mandated safety practices.

Dr. Jere Dick of the Department of Agriculture testified before the committee about a possible anthrax exposure at the CDC that many controls were deficient, including biosafety, security, and management. As a research scientist or lab employee working with select agents, you can have an impact on improving this situation.

Importance of Biosafety Protocols

A biohazard is any organism that causes human or animal disease. Biohazards can be absorbed through wounds, the respiratory tract, digestive system, skin or mucous membranes, and exposure can happen at any stage of biohazard handling. To ensure the safe use of biohazards, research institutes must follow the Federal Select Agent Program, which oversees the possession, transfer, and use of biological select agents and toxins and mandates laboratory practices on containment, handling, sterilization, and disinfection in the lab, as well as safe handling of lab equipment, waste disposal, and waste transport.

Equipment for Sterile Environments

Scientists and lab managers conducting research using select agents can reduce possible contamination and improve compliance with the Federal Select Agent Program by selecting appropriate microbiologic practices, safety equipment, and facility safeguards for their labs. One area where you can make a big impact is by selecting lab storage equipment that meets or exceeds requirements, such as NuAire biosafety cabinets that provide sterile environments for storing hazardous agents.

Avoiding Contamination

As well designed as they are, these biological safety cabinets alone cannot prevent contamination when lab workers open them and reach inside. To avoid contamination and increase biosafety, NuAire hosts an infographic on its website of 10 aseptic techniques you should follow when working in a biosafety cabinet.

While the government’s investigations should improve training and enforcement to prevent exposure to potentially infectious agents and biohazards, the equipment lab workers use also plays a role in preventing contamination. As a research scientist, you can make a significant contribution by choosing the best NuAire Biosafety Cabinets and ensuring your lab workers use them properly.

Performance Test of Class II Biosafety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations Used for the Safe Handling of Animals in the Animal Laboratory

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Testing of Airflow Products in the Animal Laboratory Presentation

The TurnKey Conference took place May 7-8, 2015 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. The TurnKey Conference brings together the industry’s brightest and smartest in Animal Laboratory Facility Design. The conference offers useful information and ideas on how to update or design animal laboratories to be more efficient and economical, and how to avoid the common pitfalls and costly mistakes.

The need for the safe handling of animals and protection in the animal laboratory for end users is ever increasing. With this increase comes an influx of new airflow products stating an offering of product and personnel protection.

“Each manufacturer has taken their own approach to the [Animal Transfer Station] market. No common sizes or configuration… no common performance or testing requirements…”

NuAire’s Vice President of North American Sales Scott Christensen recently brought this issue to light during the TurnKey Conference presenting Performance Test of Class II Biosafety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations Used for the Safe Handling of Animals. In this presentation Mr. Christensen discusses the various types of airflow products, safety standards, and what to be aware of when purchasing or using airflow products in the animal laboratory.

If you were unable to attend the animal laboratory conference or presentation please download the presentation slides to learn the following:

  • Understanding how Class II Biological Safety Cabinets (BSC) and Animal Transfer Stations (ATS) are used in animal the laboratory.
  • Knowledge and principles behind airflows to understand product and personnel protection.
  • Certification and Performance Testing of Class II Biological Safety Cabinets and Animal Transfer Stations.
  • Placement of materials in the Biological Safety Cabinet and Animal Transfer Station – Impacts of movement on animals and researchers.
  • Pulling it all together –how design, performance and testing along with proper technique optimize the safety of researchers and animals in the animal laboratory.

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Biosafety Cabinets Assist with Outbreak of H5N2

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NuAire Biosafety Cabinets help assist with H5N2 outbreak

A new strain of the H5N2 virus has spread to poultry populations across the country, including cases in Iowa, Minnesota, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The first instance of the virus appeared in poultry farms in British Columbia.

The outbreak’s reach is such that some labs are working overtime to keep up with the cases of avian flu. Before the outbreak in Minnesota, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Minnesota — the only lab in the state capable of testing for the virus — had 5 full-time technicians. The lab has increased its staff to 12, and they are all carrying a heavy workload, performing well over 100 tests a day.

If your laboratory is dealing with a similar surge, it’s crucial that you have the necessary equipment at your disposal to ensure your staff members’ safety as they work harder and longer hours.

Testing with the right tools such as Biosafety Cabinets

The lab technicians have a number of tools that aid them in performing tests in a safe environment. Chief among them is the NuAire Biosafety Cabinets, which allows laboratory workers to isolate themselves from dangerous viruses while performing tests with ease.

A biosafety safety cabinet differs from a glove box used to handle severe biohazards in that it has an open access section that protects the end user by an air barrier. The air barrier at the front of the cabinet helps prevent contamination from infectious splashes or aerosols. The air flows evenly across the work surface to help prevent cross-contamination. The exhaust air passes through a HEPA filter before recirculating into the laboratory environment or exhausted through a facility’s HVAC system.

These measures ensure the necessary safety your laboratory workers without compromising their ability to respond to ongoing threats.

Navigating the current crisis

Although there is no expected direct risk for humans, consumers are still certain to see an impact due to the impact on the poultry market — putting pressure on healthcare research labs across the country. If your lab has experience dealing with H5N2, it’s inevitable that you’ll feel the crunch as well.

In these critical times, it’s more important than ever that your staff has the right equipment to help them do their jobs efficiently and safely. As you invest in the future of your laboratory, biosafety cabinets should be at the top of your list.