North Grafton, MA
The New England Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (NERBL) is dedicated to the study of existing and emerging infectious diseases, toxin-mediated diseases and medical countermeasures important to biodefense. The building has biosafety level-3 (BSL-3) suites and animal biosafety level-3 (ABSL-3) suites, including aerobiology and insectary laboratories. This building is equipped with a tissue digester, cage wash area and liquid waste treatment system.
Cornerstone was hired by Tufts to address the following issues:
Cornerstone used compliance operation experience to focus on meeting the BMBL guidelines and NIH DRM from design phase through final programming of control systems.
This facility has been successfully operating with compliance since 2010. Tufts continued to hire Cornerstone for Annual Performance Verifications after project completion. As a result, the building has a reputation for surpassing the performance of other Regional Biocontainment Facilities.