Germfree’s bioGO Laboratory Buildings offer a new approach to rapidly bringing high-quality and cost effective laboratory capacity to any region of the world. These offsite built, containment ready facilities meet the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for BSL-3 laboratories. Germfree labs contain spacious interiors that are engineered to provide an ergonomic and effective work environment. By utilizing an ISO container platform, this fully equipped Biocontainment Laboratory can be deployed globally. These turnkey units are precommissioned and tested to ensure compliance upon delivery to site. Germfree facilitates all aspects of the project — delivered, installed and made operational in a truncated timeline.
Germfree – Proven track record in deploying advanced laboratory capacity globally
Germfree has been manufacturing innovative laboratory solutions for nearly six decades. Our mobile and modular biocontainment units deliver critical laboratory capacity in the US and throughout the world.
Germfree is the only manufacturer that provides a single-source, OEM solution for both the laboratory and all critical containment equipment. Our leading-edge engineering teams and subject-matter experts are located at our 173,000ft2 US manufacturing plant. Germfree’s turnkey mobile and modular units meet the most stringent biocontainment requirements and provide critical infrastructure for global health security.
Germfree’s ISO Container Laboratory Buildings fill a critical void in global public health as many regions lack suitable and sustainable lab capacity. Traditional laboratory design and construction projects can be costly and time-consuming, relying on multiple subcontractors and requiring intense coordination. Further, many projects are not adequately built to the required level of performance or do not remain operational over the long term. A key challenge is to install labs that are feasible for any region and will remain viable for decades. Germfree’s Laboratory Buildings are part of a comprehensive solution for building permanent international biocontainment laboratory infrastructure.
- Emergency Disease Surveillance
- Temporary Laboratory Space during facility down time
- Laboratory Swing Space
- Any application where microbiological containment laboratory space is required
bioGO Laboratories are designed to be powered from shore power and are equipped with an automatic transfer switch for integration to locally available generators to provide redundancy in case of power outages or fluctuations.
Advanced Design and Engineering
bioGO Laboratory Buildings comply with the World Health Organization (WHO) Laboratory Biosafety Manual – Third Edition guidelines for BSL-3 laboratories as well as the NIH CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th edition guidelines. Standard enhancements such as an anteroom, directional airflow, and HEPA filtered exhaust air provide added safety for the operators and the environment.
Flexibility of Operations
Our WHO BSL-3 Laboratory Buildings are designed by a team of biocontainment experts to provide the optimal safety for the handling of biologically contaminated materials. This allows the facility to be effectively utilized for manipulating samples required to be handled in a containment laboratory environment.
Germfree’s bioGO WHO BSL-3 Laboratory Buildings are engineered and equipped for the most efficient workflow. The facility is divided into designated work zones. Each zone contains the primary containment equipment required for a safe sample flow throughout the laboratory process. Additionally, we strategically place stainless steel workstations, storage and supply areas, gowning benches, and staging tables.
A sample transfer airlock, centrally located in the anteroom, allows for samples to be processed into the laboratory while maintaining robust Chain of Custody Procedures.
Germfree’s bioGO BSL-3 Laboratory Buildings are designed with 3 Distinct Work Zones:
Main Entry Room
The Main Entry Room contains lockers for storage.The main entrance door is equipped with the proper access security for your application. The main electrical distribution panel and/or sub-panel is also located in this room.
This room serves as an air break to the laboratory exterior and as a space for personnel to don their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The area is equipped with shelves and lockers for storing PPE. The anteroom is maintained at positive pressure relative to the Main Entry to provide an additional barrier to the air cascading into the BSL-3 laboratory. Pressure gauges at each door display room pressures, and have alarms to indicate unsafe conditions due to changes in the differential pressures between the rooms. All interior doors can be operated hands-free. Interlocks prevent both anteroom doors from being open simultaneously.
WHO BSL-3 Laboratory
This WHO BSL-3 Laboratory area exceeds BMBL 5th edition laboratory facility guidelines as the room air is externally exhausted through HEPA filters. The room is equipped with Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinets to protect the product and personnel. A toploading autoclave is provided for sterilization.Ample storage space is provided by the custom casework as well as an integrated refrigerator and freezer. All casework is stainless steel with seamless welds, coved corners and radiused edges and is compatible with all standard gas and vapor decontamination systems.
Each BSL-3 Laboratory Building is delivered with a full set of as-built drawings and a factory acceptance test
summary. Additional documentation, if necessary, can be requested from your project manager.
Standards & Codes
Germfree’s bioGO Laboratory Buildings meet or exceed the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO) Laboratory Biosafety Manual – Third Edition guidelines for BSL-3 laboratories as well as the NIH CDC Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL) 5th edition guidelines.
We will deliver our products on time, as promised, and free from defects.
We will strive to exceed expectations at every level and we will work to make sure that each customer is satisfied with the service that they receive.
All of our products are constructed from the highest quality materials and are designed to operate reliably for decades. We stand behind our work and take pride in our superior craftsmanship.
Germfree has been a leading innovator in aseptic control and isolation systems since 1962.
We design and manufacture a diverse range of equipment and facilities for life science applications.
Our systems are integral to critical processes across many sectors. We specialize in complex projects and custom applications that serve the rigorous demands of our clients. Our high-specification bioGO Modular Facilities operate across the world, and are sustainable as permanent facilities in remote regions with harsh conditions.