Advances in Bench Top Centrifuge Technology

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Multipurpose or general purpose centrifuges are undoubtedly one of the most indispensable tools to have in the laboratory. Used to separate different components in a wide variety of solutions, general purpose centrifuges come in two main variations: floor-standing and bench top. While both floor-standing and bench top models perform important work in a lab, there are many benefits to choosing a bench top centrifuge like the NuWind by NuAire. To understand how the NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge Technology can lead to greater advances in scientific research, learn more about its unique, standout features below.

Touchscreen Controls Advance Bench Top Centrifuge Technology

One of the most valuable features of the NuWind centrifuge is that it offers touchscreen controls in its InSight Electronic Control Center. Touchscreen controls are easy to use and understand, and this ultimately makes for a quicker and simpler user adoption process. Also, touch screen controls can help speed up tasks and eliminate user errors, since menus are clearly defined and intuitive to use. Thus, NuWind’s controls actually result in a smoother workflow in the lab.

Bench Top Centrifuge Technology, Touch Screen Controls

ClickSpin Rotor Removal and Installation

Another advanced bench top centrifuge technology is a centrifuge’s rotor – and if a rotor is not functioning properly, it must be replaced. Removing and installing rotors can be intimidating, however, because they operate at very high speeds. NuWind makes this task much safer and less unnerving by utilizing NuAire’s patented ClickSpin technology. ClickSpin rotor removal and installation allows lab workers to change rotors quickly and easily, without needing any tools.

Bench Top Centrifuge Technology, Quick Rotor Removal and Installation

Smaller Size

Centrifuges can be very large and take up a lot of space in a lab. However, one of the benefits of the NuWind is that it has a smaller footprint – but can hold a large volume. According to Anthony Locatelli, the centrifuge product manager at NuAire, NuWind is the largest capacity centrifuge that is available for the footprint. This means that NuWind can spin more solution without having to give up any lab bench space, which is particularly convenient for small labs.

Ease of Use

The NuWind’s touch screen controls and simple rotor removal make it easy to use. However, NuWind also has several additional features that make it a convenient tool to have around the lab. With the ClickSpin technology, the bucket of the centrifuge can be opened and closed with a single hand. Also, its automatic locking feature allows the rotor to be securely installed without the worry of damaging the centrifuge. Finally, according to Locatelli, the NuWind is built with “vibration shock absorbers to remove the vibrations and make [the instrument] extremely quiet,” which means it is not unpleasant or distracting to run the NuWind in the lab while you work.

Rotor Recognition

One final standout safety feature of the NuWind is its rotor recognition technology. NuWind’s rotors cannot achieve speeds higher than their intended use – which means that you can rest assured knowing that your product is spinning at just the right speed, and not faster.

Ultimately, the unique features of the NuWind general purpose centrifuge make it an excellent tool to have in any lab hoping to make scientific advances. As Locatelli explains, “Blood centers and hospitals would benefit from the features and robustness of this centrifuge and be able to use these as workhorses.”

If you want to get the most out of your NuWind centrifuge once you have one in your lab, download our white paper on how to optimize centrifuge performance.

Purchasing Biosafety Cabinets

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Having a biological safety cabinet in a laboratory can be essential for the safety and protection of both the personnel in the laboratory and the products they are working with. If you are a lab manager who is in the market for purchasing biosafety cabinets, the following steps can help ensure that you’re purchasing the piece of equipment that is best suited for your lab.

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1. Assess the safety risks when purchasing biosafety cabinets

Biosafety cabinets are required in labs where biohazards are present. However, there are a variety of classes and types of cabinets available, so you should be sure that the cabinet you select is one that targets your specific safety risks. To make sure you’re selecting the right one, you should undertake a safety risk assessment, which incorporates the following four components: hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose response assessment and risk characterization.

2. Choose the proper size when purchasing biosafety cabinets

Another important consideration for biosafety cabinets is size. You want to be sure that the cabinet you purchase fits properly in your work space. First, consider the location of the installment, and ensure proper clearance. Next, locate the appropriate services — such as electrical outlets — to make sure the cabinet will function properly once it’s in place. Finally, make sure there is sufficient room in doorways and hallways to easily move and install the cabinet.

3. Consider ergonomic features purchasing biosafety cabinets

Lab staff may spend a lot of time working in or around the biological safety cabinet. For the comfort of workers, take into account ergonomic considerations when choosing your biosafety cabinet.

Ergonomics play a large factor when purchasing biosafety cabinets

Cabinets should allow workers to sit or stand at a variety of heights while they work. Cabinets should also have attributes like comfortable forearm rests, proper lighting, quiet operation and an efficient work zone. As well as keeping lab staff comfortable, ergonomic features also help increase productivity and minimize the risk of injury.

4. Inquire about pricing purchasing biosafety cabinets

Biosafety cabinets are long-term investments, so you shouldn’t just look at sticker prices before you buy. You should also consider the lifetime cost of operating the cabinet to ensure you’re investing an appropriate amount. The lifetime cost includes things like energy-saving features, service life and the product’s track record.

Biosafety cabinets are crucial for a safe and productive lab, but they usually only have about 15 years of usable life. To determine whether it might be time to replace your lab’s biosafety cabinet, check out this helpful white paper. You can verify that your cabinet is still providing adequate protection, and if not, what kind of equipment you should replace it with.

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge Now Available

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NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge now available

NuAire, Inc., a leading American manufacturer of laboratory equipment, now offers the NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge for blood separation, microbiology, bio-production, cell culture and other applications. The NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge is available in a ventilated or refrigerated configuration. The NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge is designed as a general purpose centrifuge allowing use for multiple applications. It provides the biggest capacity for the smallest footprint in its class. It features a tough, thin steel shell that is only five-sixteenths of an inch think, or eight millimeters, allowing robust construction in a compact form that saves space.

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge robust wall barrier

“Along with its efficient design, the NuWind centrifuge reaches the highest speeds among its competitors today,” a company spokesperson said recently. “In addition, the InSight electronic-control center has a handy touch screen that greatly simplifies operation. This allows anyone on staff to use the machine quickly and efficiently. An end-of-cycle light signifies the operation is finished, and a microprocessor keeps a handy log of accessories, notifying you when it is time to renew an accessory.”

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge InSight Electronic Control Center

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge feature ClickSpin

The NuWind multi-application, bench-top ventilated (model NU-C200V) and refrigerated (model NU-C200R) centrifuge comes with an exclusive feature called “ClickSpin” that allows users to remove and install rotors easily without a tool. Just align the motor shaft and the rotor, and then operators will hear it click into place. Likewise, when one takes the red part of the rotor and rotates it counter clockwise while holding the rotor body, they will hear another click that indicates when it unlocks again from the motor shaft. ClickSpin is a standard feature on every NuWind rotor. Workers can change the applications quickly as well. Additionally, routine cleaning of the device is simple, which helps to keep a tidy working environment.

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge ClickSpin tool-less rotor removal

 

NuWind Bench Top Centrifuge Operation

The NU-C200V and NU-C200R centrifugation is 100-percent repeatable due to the regulation of consistent voltage and amperage of power supplying the motor at all times. It has a maximum speed of 15,300 rpm and a maximum relative centrifugal force of 22,380 and a power consumption of 900 Watts. It dissipates heat at 3071 Btu. Overall net weight excluding the rotor is 156 pounds. It has a maximum sound level of 60 decibels. Contact NuAire representatives at 1-800-328-3352 for more information.

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About NuAire

NuAire is family-owned and operated in Plymouth, MN providing employment to more than 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 by designing quality, long-lasting laboratory equipment that fits your application for an affordable price.

PITTCON 2016, join NuAire exhibiting at booth 3357

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PITTCON 2016 Conference and Exposition

Plymouth, MN. NuAire Laboratory Equipment will be exhibiting during PITTCON 2016 taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA from March 7 through 10. PITTCON is a conference and exposition on laboratory science bringing over 14,000 attendees from 90 countries. NuAire will be located at booth 3357 displaying the NuAire line of polypropylene fume hoods and casework, biological safety cabinets, CO2 incubators, and centrifuges. In every NuAire product you’ll find brilliant but practical design, keen attention to detail in every phase of the fabrication and assembly process, thoroughly tested, outstanding value, and dependable service. These are the foundation for NuAire’s international reputation, and practical reasons why NuAire is universally recognized as the finest. NuAire will also be displaying Haier ultralow temperatures freezers and Hitachi high performance centrifuges. NuAire’s distribution division scours the earth to find products that meets NuAire quality standards and offers them to our customer base.

During the exposition NuAire’s staff will be providing on site product demonstrations as well as providing information on best product practices. Join NuAire at booth 3357 and learn why NuAire is the safer choice for your laboratory.

PITTCON 2016 New Product Highlight:

NuAire will have on display the newly released NuWind general purpose bench top centrifuge. NuWind centrifuges are offered in ventilated and refrigerated configurations. The current line offers 2 liter capacity and speeds reaching 18,000 rpm (30,980 xg). The tool-less rotor removal feature called ClickSpin provides a quick and simple way to remove and install rotors for routine cleaning and/or application changes. A robust steel outer body shell improves laboratory safety as well as shrinks the overall footprint saving bench space. The InSight electronic control system utilizes touchscreen controls. The touchscreen was designed with easy identifiable icons to improve usability. Visit NuAire booth 3357 to receive a personal demonstration to learn all the NuWind Centrifuge features that can assist your research.

NuWind Refrigerated Bench Top Centrifuge

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.

Incubator Made with CuVerro

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.”

Incubator Made with CuVerro 2

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 cuverro.com or contact Jill Miller, CuVerro Marketing Coordinator, at jill.miller@olinbrass.com 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 triplered.com.

*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.

Curious when you should replace your Biosafety Cabinet? This document will help. Click Here 

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

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ABSA Principles and Practices of Biosafety

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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 http://www.absa.org/eduppb.html and register online. You can also call the ABSA Office at 1-866-425-1385 or e-mail info@absa.org 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.

NuAire

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.

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http://www.nuaire.com/company/ifba-collaboration.php

http://www.ergriffinresearch.org/

http://absa.org/biogriffin.html

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.

LabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available uses multiple pieces welded into oneLabGard ES NU-540 Biosafety Cabinet Now Available is constructed as a monolithic piece

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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Technician using microscope adhering to biosafety practices

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.

Use of Pharmacy Compounding Isolator Onboard US Navy Ship

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Use of Pharmacy Compounding Isolator Onboard US Navy Ship

Compounding aseptic isolators, such as those manufactured by NuAire, are glove boxes that allow a pharmacist to mix medications in a sterile, positive air pressure environment. They are also used to prepare syringes and IV bags for the treatment of patients in hospitals. When using a compounding aseptic isolator, air flow passes through a HEPA filter that removes particulates and other contaminants. The isolator is designed to separate the environment where the pharmacist is working from the environment where the work is being done.

It’s important to keep in mind that isolators are not “magic boxes.” Specifically, they require certain conditions be met to provide proper aseptic conditions. They require stringent procedures to operate safely, including proper disinfection, safe material transfer, and safe production of medications while in use. The pharmacist must also be scrubbed, gloved, and gowned to create a sterile environment.

NuAire pharmacy compounding isolators are used on board ships of the United States Navy, particularly the hospital ships USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort. These vessels provide all the services of a modern hospital and can be deployed offshore any place in the world. The Mercy and the Comfort are not only deployed to treat casualties resulting in American military operations, but also to support the Navy’s efforts to alleviate the effects of natural disasters anywhere in the world as well as to provide medical services in remote areas where they would not ordinarily be present.

The Mercy’s first major deployment was during Operation Desert Storm. Since then she has participated in the periodic Pacific Partnership operations designed to provide humanitarian relief to countries along the Pacific Rim, such as Indonesia, the Philippines, and the countries of South East Asia. The Comfort has also deployed during Operation Desert Storm, as well as the Iraq War. She supported relief operations in Haiti, off the coast of New York City in the wake of 9/11, the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and in ongoing humanitarian operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America.

NuAire compounding aseptic isolators have been used in many areas of the word, even under the harshest of conditions. With this adaptability they are able to support the treatment of injured and sick patients across the globe, all the while simulating the safest of conditions for physicians.

Transmission of Ebola Viruses

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ABSTRACT – Transmission of Ebola Viruses: What We Know and What We Do Not Know

Available evidence demonstrates that direct patient contact and contact with infectious body fluids are the primary modes for Ebola virus transmission, but this is based on a limited number of studies. Key areas requiring further study include (i) the role of aerosol transmission (either via large droplets or small particles in the vicinity of source patients), (ii) the role of environmental contamination and fomite transmission, (iii) the degree to which minimally or mildly ill persons transmit infection, (iv) how long clinically relevant infectiousness persists, (v) the role that “superspreading events” may play in driving transmission dynamics, (vi) whether strain differences or repeated serial passage in outbreak settings can impact virus transmission, and (vii) what role sylvatic or domestic animals could play in outbreak propagation, particularly during major epidemics such as the 2013–2015 West Africa situation. In this review, we address what we know and what we do not know about Ebola virus transmission. We also hypothesize that Ebola viruses have the potential to be respiratory pathogens with primary respiratory spread.

 

Read the full Article from ASM.org here

 

Biosafety Cabinet Tips, Cleaning Up a Spill

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Cleaning a Spill within a Biosafety Cabinet

 

The Environmental Health and Safety Department at Iowa State University shows how to properly clean a spill in your Biosafety Cabinet.

Spills within the biosafety cabinet should be handled by removing the contaminated absorbent toweling and disposing it into a biohazard bag. Splatters onto items within the biosafety cabinet, as well as the cabinet interior, should be wiped with a towel dampened with an appropriate disinfectant. Hands should be washed whenever gloves are changed or removed.

It is also smart to spray and wipe potentially contaminated walls, work surfaces, and implements with an appropriate disinfectant. For large spills one should flood the work surface with disinfectant and allow to stand 10 to 15 minutes before absorbing and wiping clean. Always check the spill pan under the work surface and disinfect as well.

 

Biosafety Cabinet Use from Lab Safety Institute

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It might be a little dated but this video is a great learning and reminder exercise when working in your Biological Safety Cabinet. You can compare to your procedures when working in your Biosafety Cabinet and even pick up on a few things or point out what you might think is incorrect. We make some great Biosafety Cabinets designed for long lastings safety but sometimes it is only as good as its end user if you’re not using the cabinet properly.

You can see one of our old “Blue” cabinets being used :)… Like I said long lasting.

 

Time for an Ultra-low Temperature Freezer?

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NuAire Ultra-low Temperature Freezers

 

Complete System Failure and New Applications Main Reasons to Purchase

While there aren’t often obvious signals that your [ultra-low temperature freezer] is about to die, the experts say there are a few things you can look for.

“As long as it’s working, you don’t really worry about it; it’s not going to tip you off to anything particular that’s about to fail,” says Buckner Richerson, vice president of international sales at NuAire (Plymouth, MN). “You unfortunately just get hit in the nose one morning when you come in and see that it’s failed during the night.”

NuAire offers a variety of ultra-low temperature freezers

However, he says that oil logging, which could be caused by a variety of problems, is one sign that a freezer may be on its way out and users will notice it when the freezer begins warming up.

“Oil logging occurs when there are restrictions within the capillary tubing and the cascade system breaks down,” Richerson says. “As the freezer warms up, that clogging melts so it starts to work again for a while and then it clogs up again. It could be because the unit has been operating out of spec.”

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ABSA Anthology of Biosafety Books Year-End Discounts!

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ABSA is offering discounts on the Anthology of Biosafety books until December 30, 2014. You will receive a 15% discount on each book ordered or a 20% discount if the entire 13 book series is purchased. Please note that the set is listed as “Full Set Anthology Series (Vol. I-XIII)”.

Read more click here

Why You Should Work at the Proper Sash Window Level

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Work at the Proper Biosafety Cabinet Window Sash Level

Class II Biological Safety Cabinets, or BSCs, provide vital personal, product, and environmental protections in the laboratory setting. BSCs go through a certification process to meet the NSF/ASNI 49 and/or EN 12469 standards. However operating errors can negate the carefully designed protections. Laboratory workers must operate at the proper window sash level to prevent potential contamination.

How a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet Works

Window Sash’s Airflow Impact

Biosafety cabinets have a movable or fixed window on the front that protects workers from the active work area. This is called the window sash. A cabinet’s certification will be based on having the window sash positioned at specific heights due to the potential impacts on downflow and inflow velocities. Current industry standards will provide a workable window sash height of 8, 10, or 12 inches (203, 254 or 305 mm).

Proper Window Height Notification

Most cabinet’s will have some type of notification of where the window should be placed during work activities. New cabinets and even some from the 1990’s will have a window sash alarm if not aligned properly.

 

Before a BSC leaves the NuAire factory it will go through testing that includes airflow balancing placing the workable sash height at the level you requested 8, 10, or 12 inches (203, 254 or 305 mm). A professional in the field will then certify your cabinet after installation at the window sash height you requested.

Window sash positioning is among the most vital information about biosafety cabinets and is as important as proper laboratory sterilization. The Biosafety Cabinet works to keep contaminated air from entering the work zone and into the laboratory as well as minimize cross-contamination within the work zone through unidirectional air.

The accuracy of this biosafety process depends on the cabinet maintaining a balance between inflow and downflow velocities. When working within the cabinet and not placing the cabinet’s window sash at the certified working level you compromise airflow balancing. If the inflow velocity is too strong, contaminated air can enter the sterile work area and contaminate the work. Excessive downflow velocity can push contaminated air from inside the cabinet out into the laboratory without filtering as well as create turbulent air at the work surface causing product contamination. The result of improper airflow balance can be seen below.

Improper Airflow Balance

Not working at the proper window sash height can throw off the airflow balance within a Biosafety Cabinet.

 

Potential Risks: Contaminated Air and Work Space

Unbalanced airflow velocities pose heightened risks when dealing with infectious materials that can pose serious safety risks to lab workers. However, the imbalance can also destroy complex, controlled experiment conditions such as those used in growing cell cultures.

Proper window sash positioning can reinforce worker diligence on properly interacting with the cabinet. The easy access allows the operating worker to use careful arm movements that help minimize the amount of room air that enters into the cabinet. A sash that’s positioned too high or low can leave the worker constantly reaching up and down, churning the interior air, and increasing the chance of laboratory equipment handling errors, and introducing risks of contamination and splattering.

 

First international parliamentarian TB summit to precede the Union World Conference on Lung Health

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26 October 2014 – Barcelona, Spain – The Global TB Summit, an inaugural meeting bringing together elected parliamentarians from across the world, will take place for the first time on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 October, a few days prior to the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, in Barcelona.

Read it all here

NuAire Biosafety Cabinets for Quality

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Built in 1987 and Still Protecting Through 2015

 

For nearly half a century, NuAire has been considered the industry leader in the production of reliable, safe, ergonomically designed laboratory equipment. NuAire’s outstanding products include biological safety cabinets, CO2 water-jacketed and direct-heat incubators, Laminar air flow equipment, custom biological enclosures, ultra-low temperature freezers, centrifuges, small research animal handling equipment, pharmacy barrier isolators, polypropylene fume hoods and casework, and more. NuAire’s biosafety products go through meticulous manufacturing, rigorous testing, and are handled with excellent service, and are considered to be of the highest quality on the market. However, in addition to creating some of the sturdiest and most reliable products available, our company is also known for producing laboratory products that last for an exceptionally long time–particularly our biosafety cabinets.

 

One of the finest examples of the enduring quality of NuAire’s cabinets is the LabGard NU-425-400 Unit Series 5. The cabinet, built in 1987, is over 27 years old. However, despite its age, the cabinet looks pristine, and with minimal repair to a gas shock that holds up the hinged window front, could be restored to perfect working order. This means that a one-time purchase of a NuAire product can still remain useful nearly three decades later if the owner handles it properly and performs proper maintenance. NuAire products are not only of outstanding quality but also outstanding value. With a one-time expense, they won’t need to be replaced for years to come.

 

View our line of Biological Safety Cabinets

 

NuAire’s products last a long time because of the quality and care put into the manufacturing process. We base our business around a quality policy to satisfy customers, comply with quality system requirements, and continue to improve–which means that we guarantee you’ll have a pleasant and successful buying process when you purchase biosafety equipment from our company. NuAire uses a quality system structured to ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 requirements, which means we meet the internationally-accepted standards of performance for biosafety products and will deliver high-quality, reliable, and long-lasting equipment time after time.

 

TB Research: Why Should Everyone Be Worried?

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Stop TB Partnership

 

October 22, 2014 – Geneva – More than a million and a half people die from tuberculosis every year. One third of the world’s population is infected with TB and of those, 10% will develop active TB during their lifetime. TB is airborne and we are all at risk. In spite of these facts, we are fighting TB with archaic tools – we use the same vaccine and drugs that our grandparents did. But there are not enough investments in TB research, to make treatment accessible, drugs cheaper, regimens shorter and diagnostics more accurate.

Read More HERE

 

Statement on Funding Pause on Certain Types of Gain-of-Function Research

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced today that the U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in order to develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research. During this deliberative process, U.S. government agencies will institute a pause on the funding of any new studies involving these experiments. For purposes of the deliberative process and this funding pause, “GOF studies” refers to scientific research that increases the ability of any of these infectious agents to cause disease by enhancing its pathogenicity or by increasing its transmissibility among mammals by respiratory droplets.

Read more here.

 

CDC Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity.  The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment on and take it off safely.

Recent experience from safely treating patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center are reflected in the guidance.

The enhanced guidance is centered on three principles:

  • All healthcare workers undergo rigorous training and are practiced and competent with PPE, including taking it on and off in a systemic manner
  • No skin exposure when PPE is worn
  • All workers are supervised by a trained monitor who watches each worker taking PPE on and off.

All patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH Clinical Center have followed the three principles. None of the workers at these facilities have contracted the illness.

Read all of it here!

AALAS 65th National Meeting

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AALAS 2014

Join NuAire at the 65th National AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

We’ll be displaying a wide variety of airflow products specially designed for the animal vivarium.

Be sure to visit booth 817 to view our new generation Animal Transfer Stations designed after a Class II Biological Safety Cabinet to maximize technician and animal protection.

If you would like to schedule a personal meeting or have a questions please contact us by clicking here.

 

Gupta suits up in Ebola protective gear

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A look into what health care workers go through when attending patients with infectious diseases. Be sure to check with your EHS professional to ensure you are properly trained on your facilities operating procedures.

Watch this video from CNN as Dr. Sanjay Gupta suits up & removes personal protective equipment that the CDC recommends when treating an Ebola patient.


Gupta suits up in Ebola protective gear

OSHA on Ebola

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OSHA on Ebola

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) brought on by any of several strains of viruses in the Ebolavirus genus. Ebola viruses are capable of causing severe, life-threatening disease. Many people who get EHF die from it. Workers performing tasks involving close contact with symptomatic individuals with EHF or in environments contaminated or reasonably anticipated to be contaminated with infectious body fluids are at risk of exposure. These workers may include workers in the healthcare, mortuary and death care, airline, and other travel service industries.

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CDC Conference Call Today at 2pm EST!

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Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center

Date:Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Time:2:00 – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Learn more click here.

Why You Should Never Cover the Airflow Grill on a Biosafety Cabinet

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Never Block the Airflow Grill

The front airflow grill on a biological safety cabinet performs the important job of separating the clean air inside the cabinet from the contaminated laboratory air outside. The front grill reduces the risk of contaminants entering the sterile work zone and disrupting the experiment inside, and they should never be covered.

Front Airflow Grill Smoke Flow Example

Smoke displays the vacuum created at the front of the cabinet by the front airflow grill.

Particular care must be taken to avoid covering the front grill, which is located beneath the window sash that separates the laboratory worker from the cabinet contents. This grill can easily be blocked by hands, arms, consumables, or laboratory equipment.

Blocking the front airflow grill on a biosafety cabinet raises the risk of the experiment inside being ruined by contaminants from outside and presents the possibility of substances inside the cabinet leaking out into the laboratory. This could present a substantial risk to the safety of laboratory workers and the local environment, particularly if the person using the cabinet is working with infectious materials.

When working in a Nuaire biosafety cabinet, always place items at least 4 inches from the front of the cabinet so that they do not block the airflow from the grill. Place bulky items to the side of the cabinet, where they will be less disruptive to the airflow.

Smoke Downflow Example

Smoke is used to display a biosafety cabinet’s laminar air downflow.

Even body parts such as arms, elbows, and hands can cover the airflow grill. Experimenters should avoid resting any parts of their bodies on the grill. The best practice is to move hands slowly in and out of the cabinet perpendicular to the front grill, rather than sweeping an arm across the grill, to minimize disruption of the air flow. Operators should organize the workspace inside the cabinet to minimize the movements they have to make with their arms.

Try a large or small elbow rest to keep your elbows and forearms off the airflow grill.

Following these tips when working with a Nuaire biosafety cabinet enables everyone in the laboratory to safely carry out experiments and avoid compromising results. To maintain a good safety record within the lab, make sure every laboratory worker is briefed on how to safely use a biosafety cabinet without covering the airflow grill.

Microcentrifuges BOGO promotion

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NuAire Microcentrifuge BOGO

From now until December 31, 2014 purchase a NuAire ventilated or refrigerated microcentrifuge and receive a free mini-microcentrifuge free of cost.

NuAire Laboratory Equipment is making it easy for laboratories to modernize their equipment by offering a buy one, get one promotion on microcentrifuge models.

Plymouth, MN, October 2014 – NuAire wants to make it more affordable for labs to buy the laboratory equipment they need. From now until December 31, 2014, the company’s microcentrifuge models are part of a BOGO promotion.

Customers who purchase a NuAire Refrigerated (model C2500R) or Ventilated (Model C2500) Microcentrifuge receive a Mini-Microcentrifuge (Model C1801) free. That’s a $300 value.

To take advantage of this offer click here.

Free doesn’t mean sub-par. The Ventilated Microcentrifuge Model C-2500 features maximum speeds of 6,000 rpm and maximum RCF of 2,000 xg. Other features that will be welcomed by any busy laboratory include the self-opening lid, which enables single-handed operation, the quick release rotor hub, which allows for easy rotor exchange, and the built-in breaking system for rapid sample processing.

Promotional Details

This offer is valid through December 31, 2014 to United States and Canada customers only. To qualify, customers must purchase one (1) model number C-2500R or (1) model C-2500 to receive one (1) model C-1801 free of charge. Limit of one model per purchase to qualify for the BOGO offer. Promotion does not include the cost of non-standard accessories or shipping and handling and will only be available while supplies last.

 

Forbes | Ebola In America: One Hospital Just Treated Three Ebola Patients — And Already Cured Two Of Them

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Ebola is now in America. The CDC on Tuesday confirmed that a Texas hospital is treating the first case of Ebola ever diagnosed in the United States.

But Ebola actually arrived on U.S. soil almost two months ago. That was when Emory Healthcare leaders decided — in a much-scrutinized move — to fly in a pair of missionaries who’d gotten ill treating Ebola patients in Africa.

Read the full Forbes article click here.

By Dan Diamond

USDA ARS 3nd International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium

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USDA ARS 3nd International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium

ABSA will be the managing partner of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 3nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium. The Symposium will be held February 2-5, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland at the Hilton Baltimore. The Symposium will include pre-symposium courses and 2½ days of scientific presentations. New in 2015 will be a poster reception, where presenters will display and discuss their posters, a call for posters will go out shortly. There will be exhibits showcasing the latest biosafety and biocontainment products and services. You can view the program and register here.

27 Biosafety, Biorisk, and Biosecurity Pre-Conference Courses

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The ABSA Conference will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in biosafety, learn new solutions, and network with your peers. The Conference will feature 27 Pre-Conference Courses that you can still sign up for. You can view course descriptions and register at http://absaconference.org.

 

 

NuAire Welcomes Discovery Scientific Solutions to the Family

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DSS + NuAire = Happy Customers

 

Discovery Scientific Solutions (DSS) + NuAire = Happy Customers!

Plymouth, MN – September 19, 2014 – NuAire is pleased to welcome Discovery Scientific Solutions (DSS) to the NuAire family handling sales and support requests of NuAire Laboratory Equipment in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

DSS brings together talented individuals that align with NuAire’s mission to develop and deliver innovative products, establish trust in both products and personnel, seek customer satisfaction, and to continuously improve. DSS joins the NuAire network offering knowledgeable product/application consultation, onsite sales/support/installation visits, product use training, and support throughout the life of your product. These principles are the foundation of NuAire that are free of cost to all our customers.

DSS prides itself on providing an extensive range of laboratory equipment that can be packaged together to bring excellent value to their customers. DSS is dedicated to exceptional customer service and consultation for customers seeking laboratory equipment in the research, industrial, food and beverage, pharmacy, microbiology, forensic, and chemical industries.

To find NuAire Sales or Service view our Locator.

 

Contact Discovery Scientific Solutions (DSS)

Ph: 1-844-742-3818

E: info@DiscSci.com

W: www.discsci.com

 

Ebola Information from ABSA

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) is working closely with Member Biosafety Associations and partners in the region to provide support and assistance in the areas of infection control and biosafety. Weak infection control measures and inadequate universal precaution practices represent an ongoing challenge to the operational response.

Click here to view Ebola Information from ABSA.

 

Important Biosafety News from ABSA

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As you know, recent biosafety related incidents have occurred in the US Public Sector this past June and July that have triggered a series of events, including a US Congressional Hearing addressing the CDC Anthrax incident, issuance of a subsequent GAO (Government Accountability Office) report, and an initiation of an investigation by the Energy and Commerce Committee (a legislative committee in the US House of Representatives) regarding the handling of select agents by federal laboratories including CDC, FDA and NIH (investigation in progress).  These events are important for biosafety professionals to understand because they are being used to justify more stringent regulations and oversight across both the public and private sectors in the US.  These events also serve as a warning and reminder regarding the importance of establishing a program that effectively manages biorisk at your institution.

Read the entire article click here

New Blog from ICID

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The International Centre for Infectious Diseases (ICID) has launched a brand new biosafety blog.

From ICID:

“The next 2 years will be the beginning of the “golden age” of biosafety and biosecurity.

Now more than ever, we need to stay up to date regarding issues of biosafety and biosecurity.

The list of issues facing the biosafety and biosecurity community is extensive, as evidenced by the recent ebola and anthrax concerns and changing legislations including the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act.

Everyday there are concerns which we need to be informed about.  Biosafety officers and other biosafety professionals are increasingly being called upon for their expertise and experience to advise and educate.   

ICID would like to assist the biosafety community in becoming stronger by gathering and sharing biosafety and biosecurity related information.  It is our vision that a stronger community will assist in bringing more timely responses to incidents both in our own facilities and internationally.”

Visit the ICID Blog click here

NEW EBOLA SESSION ADDED | ABSA San Diego Conference

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The ABSA Conference will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in biosafety, learn new solutions, and share with your peers.

NEW EBOLA SESSION ADDED:  The Scientific Program Committee has just added a session on Emory University’s experience with Ebola patients. More info will posted soon!

ABSA’s 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference will be held October 3-8, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The scientific program, preconference courses, registration, and hotel links are available at http://www.absaconference.org.

 

 

ABSA FREE Biological Safety Course for First Responders

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Biological Safety for First Responders is a two and a half hour workshop focusing on the history of biosafety, biosafety basics, university laboratories and associated research, regulatory aspects as well as Campus Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T.).

Learn more click here.

August Edition of the LPA Reporter

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Read the latest edition of the LPA reporter.

HEADLINES AT A GLANCE

  • FDA Seeks to Regulate Lab-Developed Tests
  • Innovative Scientists Update Old-School Pipetting With New-Age Technology
  • Laboratory Automation
  • Duke and LabCorp Turn Mill Town Into a Biobank Using Facebook’s Business Model
  • Technology Translation Engine Launches ‘Organs-on-Chips’ Company
  • Berkshire Life Sciences Center Nabs $9.7M Grant
  • New Generation of Bio-Hackers Make DNA Misbehave
  • Cypher Genomics’ Analytics Tech Gains Some Cred in Illumina Deal
  • Bubble Wrap Could Send Lab Costs Packing
  • GTCR Paying $480 Million for Local Lab Equipment Firm
  • Laboratory Equipment Supplier Adds Molding With Acquisition of Bel-Art
  • Funding Research Facilities
  • The Lab for These FDA Scientists Is a Computer Screen

Read the newsletter click here

ABSA’s 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference

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ABSA’s 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference will be held October 3-8, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The scientific program, preconference courses, registration, and hotel links are available at http://www.absaconference.org.

Learn more click here.

webinar on Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research

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On Thursday, August 28, 2014, ABSA will be offering a webinar on Developing a Culture of Safety in Scientific Research. A panel discussion on aspects influencing a culture of safety combined with an on-demand, self-study module focusing on rethinking safety culture may be just what you need to affect a positive change at your institution.

Learn more click here.

Stop TB Partnership Board meets to strengthen coordination, advocacy, scale up of the global TB efforts

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Stop TB Partnership Board meets to strengthen coordination, advocacy, scale up of the global TB efforts

14 July 2014 – Seattle, USA – The 25th Board meeting of the Stop TB Partnership will take important decisions on arrangements to strengthen its strategic effort, especially advocacy, post 2015 work and coordination efforts as well as the continuous engagement with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The meeting, which is hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at their Seattle office, will also hear about progress on work to change the language and messages for TB that would engage more people and generate more support for the fight against the disease in the current global environment.

Read the full news alert click here.

New infectious diseases society has multidisciplinary approach

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Milan, Italy – A new International Scientific Society called WAIDID (World Association for Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders) was announced this week at the Infectious Diseases World Summit in Shanghai, China.

Presided over by Prof. Susanna Esposito, WAIDID has the objective of promoting scientific research and the dissemination of information on infectious and immunological diseases both nationally and internationally while raising public awareness with regard to such diseases at both the pediatric and adult levels.

Read the full article WAIDID World Association Immunological Disorders Susanna Esposito.

ABSA Conference Registration is open

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ABSA is proud to announce the 57th Annual Biological Safety Conference held October 3-8, 2014 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. The scientific program, preconference courses, registration, and hotel links are now online at http://www.absaconference.org.

Read more click here.

 

 

Persuading the Scientific Mind: Hamid Ghanadan at TEDxCambridge 2014

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Persuading the Scientific Mind: Hamid Ghanadan at TEDxCambridge 2014

What do scientists need to succeed? As trained biochemist and science marketer Hamid Ghanadan tells us, they need to have facts accepted as truth — by other scientists. In this talk, he shares the surprising truth behind how to persuade anyone with a scientific mind.

Newly Released Z9.14 Standard for Lab Ventilation This Critical Standard is Now Available Through ABSA and ASSE!

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On January 24, 2014, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the new standard, “Testing and Performance Verification Methodologies for Ventilation Systems for BSL-3/ABSL-3 Facilities” (ANSI/ASSE Z9.14-2014).

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) take great pride in alerting the SH&E Community that this critical ventilation safety standard has now been released. Interest in this standard is significant and ASSE and ABSA are pleased to join forces in order to raise awareness of this important standard.

 

The ANSI/ASSE Z9.14 Standard focuses on performance verification of engineering controls related specifically to ventilation system features of BSL-3/ABSL-3 facilities. ANSI/ASSE Z9.14 uses a risk assessment and performance-based approach to provide the technical specifications and background information needed to address the technical, engineering, and associated systems for ventilation within a BSL-3/ABSL-3 laboratory. As such, it is fully compatible with biorisk-management systems and national and international health and safety management systems without duplicating or contradicting their requirements. The standard provides one component of a more extensive graduated and risk-based approach to reaching containment goals appropriate to the risk of the agent and the laboratory activity. Z9.14 is the only guidance that provides a methodology to verify ventilation systems in high containment facilities. 

Read the entire release click here.

 

UW News | Genes found in nature yield 1918-like virus with pandemic potential

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An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918 influenza virus.

Searching public databases, the researchers, led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, identified eight genes from influenza viruses isolated from wild ducks…

Read the full article click here

New animal handling station creates a safer environment for both animals and technicians

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Plymouth, MN: April 8, 2014 – The world of laboratory animal handling just became a great deal safer thanks to an ergonomically designed biological cabinet design from NuAire. These next-generation units have already received approval from the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) and are ANSI 49 Listed.

NuAire, a manufacturer of ergonomic laboratory equipment based in Plymouth, MN, is known for its innovative designs in animal handling enclosures. Now, NuAire is announcing the introduction of a revolutionary cabinet – the NSF listed LabGard ES NU-677 Animal Class II, Type A2 Animal Handling Biological Safety Cabinet and Cage Changing Station. It has energized the market with its ability to provide personnel, product, and environmental protection for sensitive animal handling and cage changing procedures.

The most remarkable innovation of this new workstation is its flexibility with options and accessories that allow a safer, more productive work environment for lab technicians. The NU-677 is both mobile and height adjustable, designed for maximum user comfort and adjustability to meet the requirements of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Because the design incorporates a more usable workspace, it will reduce arm, neck and shoulder strain from repeated use better than any other model on the marketplace.

NuAire garnered the NSF/ANSI 49 listing for biological containment protection for both the operator and product. NuAire routinely validates to ensure maximum protection. The new design incorporates four optional feed hoppers, allowing technicians to access up to four unique diets within a sterile work zone. Also, animal hair and dander is captured in a pre-filter built into the back wall to help extend the working life of the HEPA filters. The result is a safety cabinet that can handle a 300 percent increase in filter loading without a significant reduction in air delivery. Meanwhile, lab workers are protected by an aerodynamic air foil that pulls air back into the front grill, protecting users from air-borne contaminants.

Above all, the advanced mechanics of the ECM motor technology drive down costs of ownership by 40 percent with their energy savings. ECM motors generate less heat and reduce stress on the HVAC systems while operating at lower decibel levels. The LabGard ES NU-677 earns its NSF listing with safety features for both products and personnel.

 

 

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.

What are Stem Cells?

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Iowa Farm Bureau | Renew Rual Iowa

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Iowa Minute is a 60-second news feature that highlights the role agriculture and Farm Bureau play in the lives of all Iowans.

A NuAire laminar airflow model NU-301 can be spotted in this 60 second clip about renewing rural Iowa.

 

2013 IFBA Biosafety Heroes Award Winners

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The IFBA (International Federation of Biosafety Associations) have recently announced the winners of the 2013 Biosafety Heroes Awards. The Biosafety Heroes Awards were created to identify and honor biosafety professionals whose contributions to biosafety and biosecurity have played a significant role in their communities.

NuAire congratulates Dr. Lela Bakanidze and Dr. Mahama Touré. To read the IFBA press release Click Here. To learn more about Dr. Lela Bakanidze and Dr. Mahama Touré Click Here [Previously located at http://www.internationalbiosafety.org/].

Learn how NuAire is working with the IFBA to help promote biosafety and biosecurity Click Here.

Buy One Microcentrifuge, Get a Mini-Centrifuge Free

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NuAire now offers Micro-Centrifuges

NuAire now offers Ventilated and Refrigerated Micro-centrifuges. With the addition of this new product line NuAire is offering a free Mini-centrifuge ($300 Value) with the purchase of a Micro-centrifuge.

To view details and to take advantage of the Buy One, Get One offer Click Here

Shop Micro-centrifuges Click Here

Shop Mini-centrifuges Click Here

NuAire announces sales and service of Hitachi Koki centrifuges in North America

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NuAire Offers Hitachi High Performing Centrifuges

NuAire now offers High Performing Centrifuges from Hitachi Koki.

Plymouth, MN. NuAire, a manufacturer of ergonomically designed laboratory equipment for research, have come to agreement with Hitachi Koki of Japan to sell and service the Hitachi brand of centrifuges in North America. NuAire will utilize its network of sales professionals throughout the United States and Canada to offer assistance in application use, product benefits and features, options and accessories, training, pricing, as well as after sale service for the life of the product. NuAire has already established a growing network of third party service professionals that train onsite at NuAire about proper service techniques of NuAire’s centrifuge offerings. This authorized network allows a variety of service options for the NuAire customer family. To find a NuAire sales or service professional click here. The current Hitachi Koki Centrifuge offering from NuAire will include models CR22N High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuge, CP100WX Ultracentrifuge, CS150FNX Floor Standing Micro-Ultracentrifuge, and the CS150NX Table Top Micro-Ultracentrifuge. These high performing machines help assist in research applications involving purifying proteins, DNA, RNA, viruses, nano-sized particles, and more by separating liquids at high speeds with model CS150NX reaching up to 150,000 rpm. To view NuAire’s Hitachi centrifuge offerings Click Here. The addition of Hitachi Koki Centrifuges adds to NuAire’s growing product offerings of Biological Safety Cabinets, Laminar Airflow Workstations, CO2 Incubators, Centrifuges, and Ultralow Temperature Freezers. To contact NuAire directly click here.

Updated In-VitroCell CO2 Incubator software version 178-45.6

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NuTouch Software Update

NuTouch Software update version 178-45.6

 

NuAire In-VitroCell CO2 Incubators feature the the NuTouch Electronic Control System (ECS). NuTouch is a color touch screen LCD that controls chamber parameters. Updated software version 178-45.6 is now available for use. Software must be uploaded to your incubator using a flash drive via USB port located on the incubator. Please contact NuAire here or your local service technician to install updates. If you currently do not have a service technician you can utilized NuAire’s sales/service finder here to locate an authorized individual.

You can read about current updates here. Please note you must be an authorized service technician to access the document. If you believe you are an authorized NuAire service provider and do not have access please request access here.

Cytotoxic Biosafety Cabinet Operating Sequence

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View the Cytotoxic Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet Operating Sequence presentation from NuAire

An easy to understand presentation on the proper procedures to take when operating a Cytotoxic Biological Safety Cabinet from start-up to shutdown.

Working with Hazardous Drugs and in the market for a Class II Biosafety Cabinet? Check out our CellGard ES NU-481 Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet here.

Biological Safety Cabinet Operating Sequence Presentation

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View the Biological Safety Cabinet Operating Sequence presentation from NuAire

An easy to understand presentation on the proper sequence of events to take when operating a biological safety cabinet from start up to shutdown.

Nick Budnick, The Oregonian | Oregon stem-cell groundbreaker stirs international frenzy with cloning advance

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OHSU biologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov

Ross William Hamilton, The Oregonian
Shoukhrat Mitalipov, an Oregon Health & Science University biologist, has created human embryonic stem cells using cloning techniques, succeeding where others failed. The secret: carefully monitoring heat, chemicals and light levels, plus a dose of caffeine. To his right are two incubators where the cells grow in a low-oxygen environment. “That’™s the way we keep them happy,” he says. Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian

Dripping grease fuels the flames that jump above a wide metal grill as Shoukhrat Mitalipov nudges hotdogs and flips burgers. The office cookout, behind the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Beaverton, is unseasonably cold and cloudy.

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but the Portland biologist, has stirred up an international hornet’s nest around gene research, cloning and stem cells. The day before, he was on the phone with reporters around the world, defending his techniques to harvest human embryonic stem cells for use in future treatment of Parkinson’s disease and other conditions.

Read the entire article here…

Biocompare.com | Best Practices for Establishing and Maintaining Mammalian Cell Culture

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Mammalian cell cultures have been around for decades—but they definitely aren’t going anywhere. They are increasingly valuable in drug development, for which the pharma industry is turning to cell-based assays for drug-safety testing because animal models are sometimes unreliable, or even inhumane…

Read more here.

NuAire is exhibiting during AACR in Washington, DC April 6 – 10, 2013

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The AACR Annual Meeting 2013 will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, April 6-10, 2013, with exhibit dates April 7-10.

Join Laboratory Equipment Manufacturer NuAire at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting taking place April 6 – 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.  NuAire will be exhibiting Biological Safety Cabinets, CO2 Incubators, Ultra-low Temperature Freezers, and Laboratory Centrifuges. Be sure to plan a visit to NuAire booth 1533 to get a hands on demonstration of NuAire products and learn what makes a NuAire product a NuAire.  If you would like to set up a personal onsite meeting make a request here.

Location:

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place NW

Washington, DC 20001

 

Exhibit Dates:

Sunday, April 7  |  12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, April 8  |  12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9  |  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10  |  8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Centrifugation in the Clinical Laboratory : Mar-Apr 2013 – MedicalLab Management Magazine

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The use of centrifuge technology is critical in the clinical laboratory setting for the separation of liquid and solid components. In laboratories performing biochemical analyses on body fluids, centrifuges are routinely used to separate blood cells from serum/plasma, to separate sediment from urine, to measure the volume fraction of erythrocytes in blood (the hematocrit), and to separate bound from free components in protein binding and immunoprocedures. Less routinely, centrifugation is used for separation of lipoproteins in reference procedures for their measurement, separation of cellular components, and separation of DNA fragments.1

Read More: Centrifugation in the Clinical Laboratory : Mar-Apr 2013 – MedicalLab Management Magazine.

NuAire exhibiting during the 2013 PITTCON Conference and Exposition | Booth 1403

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PITTCON 2013

 

Join NuAire during the Annual PITTCON Conference and Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 18 through 21. PITTCON is the leading showcase for scientific and technical innovations for anyone who identifies, quantifies, analyzes or tests the chemical or biological properties of compounds or molecules, or who manages these laboratory scientists. PITTCON has evolved into a conference & expo that now also serves a diverse constituency encompassing life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and quality assurance, food safety, environmental and bioterrorism markets.

While attending PITTCON, plan a visit to NuAire Booth 1403 for onsite product demonstrations. Our product experts will be happy to answer any questions relative to your facility/research applications. NuAire will be displaying a wide variety of metal free polypropylene fume hoods and casework, CO2 incubators, laboratory centrifuges and custom robotic biological safety cabinets and enclosures.

 

NuAire Products on Display

FumeGard NU-156 Vertical Laminar Airflow Fume Hood

FumeGard NU-162 Conventional Fume Hood

FumeGard NU-164 By-Pass Fume Hood

Polypropylene Metal Free Modular Casework

FumeGard NU-53 Polypropylene Acid Storage Cabinet

ProGard NU-56 Laboratory Glassware Drying Racks

ProGard NU-96 Polypropylene Laboratory Supply Cart

In-VitroCell ES (Energy Saver) NU-5810 Direct Heat CO2 Incubator with Dual Sterilization Cycles

LabGard ES (Energy Saver) NU-S425 Custom Designed Class II, Type A2 Biosafety Cabinet

Awel MF48-R Multifunction Refrigerated Benchtop Centrifuge

Prism™ LN-C2500 Air Cooled Laboratory Microcentrifuge

Prism™ LN-C2500-R Refrigerated Laboratory Microcentrifuge

Prism™ LN-C1801 Mini Microcentrifuge

 

Location:

NuAire Booth 1403

Pennsylvania Convention Center

1102 Vine St

Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299

 

Show Dates: March 18 – 21

 

 

 

Scientist win millions for breakthrough research | NBC Nightly News

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Biocompare | How to Maintain a Constant Temp in Your CO2 Incubator

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Editorial article from www.biocompare.com
Thursday, January 17, 2013

The modern cell culture incubator is much more than a box in which to keep cells warm. Talk of maintaining humidity, IR sensors, HEPA filters and decontamination cycles loom just as large in reviews and ads as mentions of temperature control. Yet how the box is heated (and perhaps cooled), how temperature uniformity is…

Read the full article on Biocompare.com

NuAire is a Bronze sponsor and exhibiting during USDA ARS ABSA 2nd International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium.

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Visit NuAire during the USDA ARS ABSA 2nd International Biosafety and Biocontainment Symposium at booth 39 February 4 – 7.

“The Symposium will include ten pre-symposium courses and 2 days of scientific presentations. There will also be exhibits showcasing the latest agricultural biosafety and biocontainment products and services.

The Symposium will consist of sessions covering a variety of topics including containment and security challenges, GMOs, and agroterrorism. There will be a roundtable discussion on the culture of responsibility and security and another on LAIs and break in containment. Keynote speakers will open the program on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition to the valuable courses and sessions, you will have the opportunity to network with professionals from the biosafety and scientific research industries, organizations, and agencies.”

Symposium Registration Website

Location

Hilton Alexandria Mark Center

5000 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA 22311

 

Set up a meeting onsite by contacting us here. 

New Service Training Classes added in 2013 for Centrifuges

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The NuAire centrifuge training class is a 1 day training course at a cost of $100 following Biological Safety Cabinet and CO2 Incubator training classes for service technicians and certifiers to take advantage of NuAire’s broad range of product service training classes. NuAire centrifuge product offerings provide customers with a broad range of bench top centrifuges from the manufacturer Awel . Centrifuge Service Training includes:

  • Theory of operation
  • Control systems
  • Controls Panel Indicators
  • Unit calibration
  • Diagnostic usage
  • Unpacking and setup
  • Troubleshooting and parts replacement
  • Tour of NuAire’s manufacturing facility

View the Centrifuge Training Class Daily Schedule

2013 Centrifuge Service Training Class Dates

March 4

May 1

July 1

August 28

October 14

View the Full 2013 Service Training Class Schedule

Please note class sizes are limited to 10 individuals. Please sign up early to ensure your seat in the class.

BioTechniques – NIH Avoids Fiscal Cliff, For Now

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“Over the next two months, Congress will haggle over deep budget cuts to federal research funding agencies. But is this really the worst-case scenario for science? Find out…”
1/4/2013
Megan Scudellair

BioTechniques – NIH Avoids Fiscal Cliff, For Now.

LPA Urges Congress to Protect NIH Funding

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“Fairfax, VA – The Laboratory Products Association (LPA) has sent letters to leaders in Congress urging them to reach a debt deal that protects the lifesaving research that is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)…”

Read the full letter here

NuAire Exhibiting during The American Society for Cell Biology 2012 Annual Meeting | Booth 800

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NuAire is exhibiting at Booth 800 during The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA December 16 through 18.

The  ASCB Annual Meeting is intended for scientists and students in academia, industry, government, and higher education. Over 100 scientific sessions and 3,000 poster presentations cover a variety of scientific areas within the discipline. With opportunities to learn about the latest research and network with peers, the ASCB Annual Meeting appeals to the diverse interests of the international cell biology community.

NuAire will have on display the following products for a live hands on demonstration of features and benefits. Stop by Booth 800 to learn what goes into a quality product that provides your and your laboratory with the Best Protection.

 

USP is temporarily offering <797> free of charge as a resource

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This General Chapter provides procedures and requirements for compounding sterile preparations. General Chapter <797> describes conditions and practices to prevent harm to patients that could result from microbial contamination, excessive bacterial endotoxins, variability in intended strength, unintended chemical and physical contaminants, and ingredients of inappropriate quality in compounded sterile preparations.

Link: Download USP–NF General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding—Sterile Preparations

Resources:

2012 USP <797> Compliance Study Data 

FDA 483 issued to Ameridose on 11/9/2012

FDA 483 issued to New England Compounding Pharmacy on 10/26/12 

 

Product Specification Release | In-VitroCell CO2 Incubators

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NuAire exhibiting during 2012 ASHP Midyear Meeting & Exhibition | Booth 734

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New | NuAire releases an updated Working Safely in your NuAire Biological Safety Cabinet Presentation/DVD

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Working Safely in your NuAire Biological Safety Cabinet | NuAire

 

Laboratory equipment manufacturer NuAire releases a new “Working Safely in your NuAire Biological Safety Cabinet” online presentation and DVD. The presentation consists of 7 Chapters, 8 videos in all to teach technicians, researchers, scientists, certifiers, and more the basic concepts of biological safety cabinets. Understand a biological safety cabinet works and operations. Learn the proper steps to take before you being your research. Acquire basic work skills while within the work zone to minimize air disruptions. Find the latest ergonomic advancements in biosafety cabinet design. Know what to do after you have completed your research. Acquire the basic knowledge on biological safety cabinet certification based on NSF/ASNI standard 49.

 

Chapter 1: Introduction

Learn the basics of how NuAire Biological Safety Cabinets are designed to offer optimal personnel, environmental and product protection.

Chapter 2: Understanding the Biosafety Cabinet

Biological Safety Cabinets were designed to remove or minimize exposures to hazardous biological materials and hazardous particulates. It is the principal device used to provide containment of infectious splashes or aerosols generated by microbiological procedures.

Chapter 3: Proper Preparation

Learn steps to take before you begin work in your Biological Safety Cabinet. A proper biosafety or operations manuals will specify practices and procedures designed to minimize and eliminate risks.

Chapter 4: Using Proper Procedures and Techniques

The use of proper procedures and equipment cannot be overemphasized in providing primary personnel and environmental protection. The Biological Safety Cabinet is not a substitute for good laboratory practice and proper aseptic technique.

Chapter 5: Working in your Biosafety Cabinet

Proper technique when working within the biological safety cabinet will minimize air turbulence and prevent splatter or unwanted spread of aerosols.

Chapter 5a: Experience Ergonomics

An important part of a safe work environment is making sure it is ergonomically designed to work with you, not against you. When you work in a NuAire Biosafety Cabinet, you’ll experience a comfortable, ergonomically designed workspace.

Chapter 6: When Work is Completed

After work has been completed proper protocols must be followed to decontaminate the biosafety cabinet to avoid potential contamination risks.

Chapter 7: Maintenance & Certification

Proper preventative maintenance, yearly maintenance, and certification are needed to maximize your products life as well as keep up to date with industry standards to eliminate safety hazards.

View the presentation here or request your very own DVD. For more information please contact nuaire@nuaire.com.

NuAire exhibiting during 63rd AALAS National Meeting | Booth 1321

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AALAS

NuAire is exhibit at the 63rd AALAS (American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) National Meeting beginning today November 6 through November 8. Stop by booth 1321 to view our line of animal research products. Get a sneak peak of future equipment ready for release in the coming months like the CellGard NU-677 NSF listed Animal Handling Biological Safety Cabinet and AllerGard NU-619 Innovive Edition Animal Transfer Station.

Get an hands on demonstration of following equipment:

AllerGard ES (Energy Saver) NU-607 Class I Animal Bedding Disposal Station

AllerGard ES (Energy Saver) NU-619 Dual Access Animal Transfer Station

LabGard ES (Energy Saver) NU-602 Class II, Type A2 Animal Handling Biosafety Cabinet

NuAire Exhibiting at Neuroscience 2012 in New Orleans, October 14 – 17

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Society for Neuroscience 2012. Exhibit Dates October 14 – 17, 2012.

Stop by NuAire booth 530 during the annual Society for Neuroscience Conference and Expo October 14 – 17 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana to get a hands on demonstration of our CellGard NU-480 Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet, NEW In-VitroCell NU-5810 CO2 Incubators, Glacier NU-9668 Ultra-low Temperature Freezer, and the Awel MF-48R Refrigerated bench top centrifuge. Have a new lab setup? Stop by booth 530 and learn more about our New Lab Setup programs and discounts.

 

NuAire Exhibiting at AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO 2012 in Boston, MA October 6 – 9

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NuAire | Awel Bench Top Centrifuges for Blood Banks

Stop by NuAire booth 1316 during the American Association for Blood Bank’s (AABB) Cellular Therapy and Transfusion Medicine Expo (CTTXPO) October 6 – 9, 2012 in Boston, MA to get a hands on demonstration of our bench top centrifuges. NuAire will be exhibiting model MF 48-R, A multi-functional Refrigerated Bench Top Centrifuge that features 76 x 5-7 ml tubes capacity, AWELock rapid rotor exchange, AWELight end of cycle indication, along with a wide variety of accessories that fit your separation needs. Visit NuAire Booth 1316 to learn how centrifuge technology has advanced maximizing your workflow while creating a safer laboratory environment.

AABB Annual Meeting and CTTXPO Virtual Exhibit Hall.

 

“C” Model Classical Centrifuges Now Offer AWELock Quick Rotor Exchange

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Awel Classical Ventilated and Refrigerated “C” Model Centrifuges have been upgraded to “CF” models that now feature the AWELock Quick Rotor Exchange. AWELock allows the ability for technicians to quickly change rotors within seconds without the use of tools making routine cleaning more accessible.

Updated Models:

Awel CF20 Classical Ventilated Benchtop Centrifuge

Awel CF20-R Classical Refrigerated Benchtop Centrifuge

Awel CF48 Classical Ventilated Benchtop Centrifuge

Awel CF48-R Classical Refrigerated Benchtop Centrifuge

 

2013 NuAire Service Training Class Schedule Announced

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NuAire is please to announce the 2013 Service Training Schedule for NuAire Laboratory Equipment. Current schedule includes a variety of dates throughout the 2013 year that include Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Training, Advanced Biological Safety Cabinet Certification Training, and CO2 Incubator training. More Information.

NuAire Service Training Classroom

New Service Training Classes for Ultra-low Temperature Freezers and Bench Top Centrifuges added to the 2012 Service Training Schedule

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NuAire Service Department adds two additional training classes to the 2012 training schedule. NuAire Ultra-low Temperature Freezers on October 29 – 30 and Laboratory Centrifuges on October 31. Classes will take place on adjacent dates so service personnel may take advantage of both classes. Current class sizes are set to 10 so be sure to sign up quickly to guarantee yourself a spot. For more information check out NuAire’s service training page

“Stand Up To Cancer” Returns to Prime Time for its Third Star-studded Broadcast on September 7

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“Stand Up To Cancer” Returns to Prime Time for its Third Star-studded Broadcast on September 7.

[Previously located at http://www.aacr.org]

NuAire Introduces In-VitroCell ES (Energy Saver) CO2 Incubators

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Plymouth, MN. NuAire announces the release of a new line of Microbiological CO2 Incubators. The new In-VitroCell ES (Energy Saver) line of CO2 Incubators feature seven (7) direct heat models.

 

In-VitroCell ES (Energy Saver) CO2 Incubators

The In-VitroCell ES (Energy Saver) NU-5800 Series Microbiological CO2 Incubators provide a reliable controlled in-vitro environment for optimum tissue cell culture growth. The chamber also provides an environment for the storage and preservation of embryos, gametes and animal tissue cell cultures intended for research at body temperature or under hypoxic conditions.

 

In-VitroCell CO2 incubators are designed with the NuTouch Intelligent Interface. NuTouch is a user-friendly color touch screen offered in English, Spanish, German, and French. Chamber parameters are easily controlled by the touch of a finger. A historical monitor records chamber performance that can be viewed onscreen or downloaded via USB. Programmable maintenance reminders appear onscreen to indicate filter check or if available, refill relative humidity (RH) evaporator box. Onscreen descriptions and instructions are available if clarification is needed.

 

NuTouch Intelligent Interface

The NuTouch Intelligent Interface was designed for high user adoption. Easy controlled by the touch of the finer, NuTouch provides onscreen descriptions and instructions to maximize usability.

 

All In-VitroCell models utilize a single source dual wave infrared (IR) sensor to maintain accurate CO2 gas levels in the growth chamber. The wavelengths used are absorbed by only CO2 making the measurement insensitive to other components such as water vapor. A large seven (7) cubic foot (200 Liter) interior chamber is surrounded by heating elements on all six (6) sides of the chamber encased by high density R5 insulation to produce a smaller incubator footprint. Dual temperature sensor probes maintain precise temperature uniformity while an individual door heater minimizes condensation build up on the inner glass door. The inner chamber is constructed of 16 gauge, type 304L, polished stainless steel using crevice-free construction, which provides an easily cleanable inert surface that does NOT promote biological growth. All shelves, shelf supports, and guide rails are easily removable and can be autoclaved separately. Models NU-5810 and higher offer two heated sterilization cycles that can be selected to eradicate contaminating agents at 95°C humidified decontamination or 145°C dry sterilization providing the ability to leave shelves, supports, guides, and water pan in the chamber. HEPA filters do NOT have to be removed. As an optional feature, customers may add CuVerro® Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces to the incubator growth chamber and/or shelving to kill bacteria* and minimize potential incubator contamination.

 

Seamless Crevice-free Construction featuring CuVerro Antimicrobial Copper Inner Surfaces (NA-0004-1208)

 

CuVerro® is laboratory tested and EPA registered. CuVerro® Antimicrobial Copper Surfaces kill more than 99.9% of bacteria* within 2 hours, and continues to kill 99% of bacteria* even after repeated contamination, when cleaned regularly. A Closed Loop HEPA Filtration system offers ISO Class 5 Conditions similar to a cleanroom. The chamber is maintained at positive pressure to prevent contaminated room air from entering the chamber. The chamber air is continuously HEPA filtered and sampled to maintain a clean and uniform chamber lowering airflow to a single air change every 20 minutes to minimize cell desiccation. The NuAire In-VitroCell ES line of CO2 incubators provide constant contamination control (C3) against potential contaminates that may disrupt your research. Raise your research by Contacting NuAire to receive more information and/or a budgetary quote.

 

* Laboratory testing shows that, when cleaned regularly,CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of the following bacteria within 2 hours of exposure: MRSA, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli O157:H7.CuVerro® antimicrobial copper surfaces are a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices and have been shown to reduce microbial contamination, but do not necessarily prevent cross contamination; users must continue to follow all current infection control practices, including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces. EPA Reg No 85353-5, EPA Est No 088257-MN-001.CuVerrois a registered trademark of GBC Metals, LLC and is used with permission (NA-0005-1208).

White Paper – Impact of Class II Biological Safety Cabinet Downflow Velocity on Cross Contamination

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Down flow in a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet

Smoke flow demonstrating the air movement of down flow air and the work surface air split in a Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinet.

Background: Over the last several years, Biological Safety Cabinet (BSC) manufacturers have lowered downflow velocity while maintaining inflow velocity in an effort to increase energy efficiency, reduce exhaust system requirements and lower BSC Noise and vibration levels. However, the lowering of downflow velocity may come with a consequence of greater lateral airflow movement within the workzone creating greater potential for cross contamination. The lowering of the downflow velocity does not compromise personnel and product containment performance. Why? Primarily, by maintaining inflow velocity above a certain level as required by the standard, typically 100 fpm (0.51 mps). However, the standard does not require a specific downflow velocity and can be adjusted as needed based on the design parameters of the workzone supply diffuser and grill patterns (airflow distribution) to assure compliance to the personnel and product protection requirements of NSF/ANSI 49. NSF/ANSI 49 test procedures do test for cross contamination, but only at the workzone sidewalls, which doesn’t necessarily translate into the lateral movement of airflow in the center of the workzone. The result of these lower downflow velocities may be a greater level of sample cross contamination using traditional work practice guidelines.

Download Whitepaper: Impact of Class II Biological Safety Cabinet Downflow Velocity on Cross Contamination

William Peters, Vice President of Engineering, to speak during the 63rd National AALAS Meeting on Considerations for Functional and Performance Testing of Animal Transfer Stations

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William Peters, Vice President of Engineering at NuAire, to present a Technical Trade Presentation during the 63rd National AALAS Meeting taking place November 4 – 8, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota on the topic of “Considerations for Functional and Performance Testing of Animal Transfer Stations

Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012

Time: 3:20 PM – 3:40 PM

Location: Minneapolis Convention Center Room 1

Presentation Description: Animal Transfer stations used for cage changing applications have evolved over the years starting from modified horizontal flow work stations to today’s vertical flow work stations. The evolution started in the late 1990’s with greater concern for allergen protection, as well as improved product protection, mobility, ergonomics and ease of use. A new generation of animal transfer stations have emerged using different design methodologies to achieve improved functionality and performance. With these new design methodologies, there continues to be no industry standardized test methods or measureable acceptance criteria to evaluate animal transfer station adequacy as it relates to function and performance. The intent herein is to start the discussion of possible standardized test methods and acceptance criteria that could be applied to all animal transfer station designs today for functional and performance testing.

Plan your AALAS itinerary around this presentation. 

Printing Muscle – Technology Review

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A very interesting article from Technology Review Published by MIT where San Diego based company Organovo is printing human muscle with a 3-D printer. One of the images appears to be an old NuAire NU-425 from the 1980’s; a testimonial to NuAire’s quality commitment to long lasting products.

Article: Printing Muscle – Technology Review.

Printing Muscle - Technology Review

New NuAire Distributor in Mexico – Abatec

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NuAire is pleased to announce Abastecedora Tecnologica Especializada, S.A. de C.V. (Abatec) as the exclusive distributor of NuAire Ergonomic Laboratory Equipment in Mexico. Abatec will carry NuAire’s full line of biosafety cabinets, animal research products, CO2 incubators, custom biological enclosures, laminar flow products, isolators, polypropylene fume hoods and casework, ultra-low freezers, centrifuges, and a wide range of accessories. NuAire has a commitment to excellence in customer service and carefully select our distribution companies to uphold NuAire’s commitment to quality.

 

All NuAire distributors, sales representatives and authorized service personnel can be found through NuAire’s sales and service locator by simply selecting the service or sales option needed and searching by state or country.

 

Abatec Contact Information:

Abastecedora Tecnologica Especializada, S.A. de C.V.

Paseo de la Arboleda No. 880

Jardines del Bosque C.P. 44520

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Tel: 52 33 3620 1215

Fax: 52 33 3620 1214

http://www.abatec.com.mx

jorgecolin@abatec.com.mx

NuAire Introduces Awel Centrifuges to North and Latin America

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Plymouth, MN.  NuAire, manufacturer of ergonomic laboratory equipment, has partnered with Awel International to bring you a full line of Laboratory Centrifuges to North and Latin America. With over 25 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of laboratory centrifuges Awel holds exclusive patented features that are designed to increase productivity and safety with an emphasis on ergonomics.

AWELook ergonomic and compact design offers excellent capacity per space ratio, saves bench space, increases sight lines, and decreases the technician’s reach to retrieve samples reducing fatigue. AWELight visual end of cycle indication illuminates lights on the centrifuge handle notifying samples are ready for removal increasing workflow. AWELock Rapid Rotor Exchange allows technicians to change from one application to the next within seconds. Removal and replacement of rotors are quick and easy by pressing two tabs together to unlock the system without using tools. Improve cleaning efforts with total removal of centrifuge rotor.

The Multi-purpose (MF) series offer a wide range of high and low speeds as well as accessories for all types of applications. The C series Classical centrifuges offer an excellent capacity to space ratio, perfect for any type of diagnostic, research, or industrial application. Ventilated and Refrigerated models are available.

Contact NuAire or visit www.nuaire.com today and set up your personal  in-lab demonstration.

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations and Nuaire Announce New Collaboration to Strengthen Global Laboratory Biosafety

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By Maureen Ellis, Executive Director, IFBA

The International Federation of Biosafety Associations is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Nuaire Inc. to strengthen global laboratory biosafety. Both organizations share similar goals of providing safe, practical and sustainable solutions for biological safety cabinets in all areas of the world. Also driving our organizations is not only the provision of high quality equipment, but a commitment to the ongoing training and servicing to ensure that biological safety cabinets are used properly and sustained over the long term.

Risk assessment in human and animal health diagnostic laboratories is a fundamental process to identify potential hazards and specify practices and procedure that will minimize or eliminate exposure to those hazards. The use of biological safety cabinets (BSCs) presents one avenue for mitigating hazards associated with infectious biologicals and aerosols. Unfortunately, and far too often, personnel are not adquately trained in the proper selection, installation, use and ongoing maintenance of BSCs. Results of a recent survey conducted by the Asia-Pacific Biosafety Association highlighted that many BSCs were below an acceptable level of functionality (e.g. 30% of Class II biological safety cabinets tested were poorly designed, installed incorrectly, not certified, or being operated incorrectly).  The IFBA and Nuaire are working together to find simple, safe and workable solutions to improve the situation in South East Asia, Africa and other regions of the world. Towards this end, we are excited that Nuaire has joined the IFBA’s  Biocontainment Engineering Working Group (BEWG) to address a lack of trained and qualified biocontainment engineers who can install and maintain BSCs in a cost-effective and practical manner that is applicable to local conditions around the world (the BEWG is Co-Chaired by Canada and Uganda).

Educating laboratory technicians, scientists and maintenance personnel about BSCs as a primary means of containment for working safely with infectious organisms is another key aspect of our new collaboration. For many years NuAire has been developing and delivering training designed to provide our global community with the knowledge, experience and confidence needed to understand and effectively operate and maintain BSCs. We are pleased that Nuaire will soon be releasing an updated version of their interactive learning guide “Working Safely in Your Biological Safety Cabinet” that will be available online at www.nuaire.com.

For those who are not familiar with Nuaire, the company was established early in the 1970s when it was awarded a contract to design and manufacture the first modern day BSC to meet with the US NIH specification entitled “Laminar Flow Biological Safety Cabinet”. Since that time, Nuaire has grown substantially and manufactures a wide range of BSCs and other complimenatry laboratory products that are distributed worldwide. The company also develops and distributes education tools and technical bulletins designed to assist in understanding the different functions and safe operation of the BSC.

Providing our global biosafety community with the appropriate equipment, tools and knowledge they need to work in a safe environment is a key activity for the IFBA and its membership.We recognize however that widespread and lasting results can only be realized by harnessing the power of multiple stakeholders. No individual sector – government, NGO, or business – can make a big a difference alone as we can make by working together. Collaborating with Nuaire will enable us to accomplish our greatest successes in the safe and sustainable use of biological safety cabinets worldwide.

For further details please visit www.internationalbiosafety.org and www.nuaire.com  or contact the IFBA secretariat at secretariat@internationalbiosafety.org.

Welcome to our new site!

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Welcome to our new website!

NuAire’s website has been redesigned and now provides more content information for our products online. NuAire inspiration has provided life science, drug discovery, microbiology, animal vivarium, pharmacy compounding, and industrial laboratory professionals with scientific laboratory equipment including biological safety cabinets, laboratory incubators, animal research equipment and more.