Facility Strategies for Animal Research and Biocontainment 2017 - Overview

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Seven major directives for animal research and biocontainment facilities are currently driving a new wave of space and system upgrades, facility expansions, and equipment and technology investments:   

  1. Fix dangerously outdated space for compliance, safe operations, and research quality 
  2. Introduce digital technologies for cage and room monitoring and data collection
  3. Increase flexibility and adaptability to accommodate new programs
  4. Improve space utilization to increase research capacity with existing assets
  5. Implement high-efficiency integrated building control systems
  6. Upgrade mechanical systems for reliability, maintainability, and cost reduction
  7. Expand and strategically locate more procedure space

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At this conference, you’ll hear from industry leaders on the technologies, project details, metrics, costs, and outcomes for new and successful initiatives involving:

  • New space metrics and benchmarks
  • Low cost flexibility features and equipment
  • Equipment, components, and systems for regulatory and certification compliance
  • Digitization of cages, racks, equipment, and space 
  • Software, systems, and sensors for data collection and monitoring
  • Isolation strategies for germ-free/gnotobiotic/SPF rodents
  • Translational genomics cores for high-demand CRISPR applications
  • ROI decision-making for capital improvement expenditures
  • Mitigation measures for noise, vibration, and animal stress in construction environments
  • Renovation strategies that yield continued operations during construction
  • More efficient capital project planning and management processes
  • New cost-effective automation options to reduce labor/injuries
  • Improved environmental control for vibration, acoustics, temperature, humidity
  • High priority features and technology for researcher recruitment
  • Lean/efficient process work flows and logistics
  • More efficient caging, IVC, and rack solutions
  • Wall and flooring materials
  • Specialized lab types (aquatics, reptiles, arthropods, etc.)
  • Equipment and policies for reduced air changes
  • Improved decontamination, sterilization, and waste handling processes and technology
  • Reduced operations cost
  • Commissioning processes

PLUS! Attend this special pre-conference course on October 1st!
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Animal Research and Biocontainment Facilities

PLUS! Tour this outstanding new animal and biocontainment facility:
The New Vivarium at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI)

Attend this conference with your research program leaders and your project, design, engineering, and operations team to get your key decision-makers in sync with the new, efficient facility models, features, and technologies now being implemented to create more efficient, compliant, and financially sustainable research platforms.

If you would like to participate as a sponsor or exhibit, or would like updates on the conference as they become available please email [email protected] or call (925) 254-1744 x 119.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is the annual meeting for research veterinarians, capital project teams, project managers, engineering managers, architects, research compliance directors, animal facility operations managers, space planners, animal facility and vivarium managers, animal resource managers, biosafety officers, and research program directors to benchmark their planning and management initiatives, and animal facility operations for their organizations.