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Labs21 Bio-Containment Symposium
Monday, October 20

Labs21 assembled a highly distinguished team of designers, engineers, and end-users to examine the current status of the bio-containment industry, recent trends, and future opportunities. Attendees participated in an exclusive half-day symposium to address these and other questions with experts from around the world:

  • What environmental sensing techniques, devices, and systems are being employed or are under development?
  • How are bio-containment facilities perceived in the areas in which they are built? How can they be marketed to a community as an advantageous asset?
  • Do your facilities perform as intended? How are performance characteristics measured or assessed?
  • What is the future direction of biotechnology and related fields?

Below is the symposium agenda with links to abstracts and presentations, which will be posted as we receive permission from the authors.


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Labs21 Bio-Containment Symposium Agenda

PRE-Conference Event: Monday, October 20, 2003

8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Phil Wirdzek,
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

8:35 AM

8:55 AM

Technical Aspects of Building an Environmentally Responsive Laboratory

Key Challenges in Biocontainment BSL-3 Lab Design
Nicholas A. Caronna, PE, CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Facilitated Discussion

9:30 AM

9:50 AM

Community Response

Winning Over Public Opinion
Tom Gallagher, Ph.D., National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services

Facilitated Discussion

10:30 AM




10:50 AM


Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: An Integrated Approach to Evaluating BSL Rated Facilities
Jon Crane, CUH2A
Jeffrey Schramm, Gilbane
Les Gartner, Smith Carter

Facilitated Discussion

11:30 AM


11:50 AM

12:10 PM

Basic Research in Containment—Trends

Evolving Design Issues in a Biocontainment Facility
Leslie Gartner, Smith Carter

Blending Biological High Containment Requirements with Enhanced Environmental Performance: Case Studies of Recent Projects
Caroline Clevenger, Architectural Energy Corporation
Joseph Phillips, CUH2A

Facilitated Discussion

12:30 PM

Working Lunch

Tim Lee, Public Works & Government Services Canada

1:30 PM



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