Advanced Colony Data Management System Dramatically Improves Vivarium Efficiency

Genentech’s Custom-Built CMS Reduces Vivarium Operating Costs and Streamlines Workflow

Published 10-22-2014

Genentech’s custom-built colony management system (CMS) is allowing the organization to dramatically improve efficiency and reduce waste at its massive 150,000-sf vivarium facility east of San Francisco. In its first year of implementation, the system reduced operational inefficiencies by more than 150 percent and saved the organization more than $2 million, while also improving living conditions for mice and empowering husbandry and colony management staff.

Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building

University of Minnesota

Published 10-15-2014

The new four-story Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building at the University of Minnesota consists of the 158,000-sf Cancer Research Building, a 96,000-sf addition to the Lillehei Heart Research Building, and a 34,000-sf vivarium used by the entire Biomedical Discovery District. The facility houses the University’s Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, as well as two groups of investigators from Masonic Cancer Center: chemical biologists focusing on studying chemical carcinogens as a cause of cancer, and faculty focusing on novel therapeutic strategies to fight cancer.

John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center Phase II

National Institutes of Health

Published 10-8-2014

The Phase II addition to the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center (PNRC) houses 419 occupants, including 45 principal investigators (PIs) from 10 separate NIH Institutes, along with 374 post-doctoral researchers. The PNRC is a state-of-the-art research facility that promotes world-class biomedical neuroscience research by enhancing interdisciplinary communication and collaboration as a means of facilitating innovation and creativity.

An Adaptable Core Platform Offers Scientific and Financial Advantages

Flexibility in High-Performance Core Spaces Benefits Researchers and Institutions

Published 9-10-2014

High-performance core facilities, spurred by proliferating cross-disciplinary investigations and technological advances, can benefit from the long-standing focus on flexibility that has generated so many design efficiencies in the traditional research lab, says Randy Kray, senior vice president and science and technology director of programming and planning at HOK.