ISSUE 4 (OCTOBER - DECEMBER) 2016
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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x, 25th November, 2016. 18.00 GMT
ALDERLEY PARK FEATURE 10
The equipment cited as relevant to block D also includes two mass spec-
trometry suites and 4 class II mammalian cell culture suites. MRI, PET,
CT and SPECT are currently at dispersed locations at Alderely.
My dilemma had become does Alderley Park have 235 fume cupboards,
or do different Blocks have access to fume cupboards which can be
measured in "fume cupboard" hours? Is design and location of equip-
ment driven by IP protection needs or the nature of the legacy space.
I had thought the relevance of the equipment to a specific scientific task
would be explored during my tour, perhaps linked to a company on the
Alderley Campus. I do not mean I wanted commercially sensitive
information, but to know general things such as, for example, the
corrosiveness, reactivity etc of chemicals which could be handled. I have
in my time gloved up and donned safety spectacles for work in more
than one fume cupboard. Sometimes with nasty chemicals.
Establishing and disentangling our crossed wires about Blocks A, B, C
and D took a little time. At last the tour began. Perhaps now my fume
cupboard preoccupations would be resolved. We dived into the
basement and what seemed to be wide service corridors. Metal gurneys
of various kinds were ranged at the side. Clearly the builders were in.
Bowden hurried forward, pursued by me. Me pursued by two flaks. We
dodged puddles of water, and Bowden said something about supposing
there was a leak.
As we walked I asked about managing cross contamination, and Bowden
said the lab space is at a lower pressure than connecting corridors. The
site has facilities operating up to biocontainment level 2. We climbed
stairs, passed labs in process of being outfitted, looked into empty labs
offering access to time-share scientific equipment costing hundreds of
thousands of pounds, and which a small start-up could not afford for
itself. We passed cold rooms (-20° and -4°) and went into what will be
the new in vivo facility for Alderley Park. The experimental animals
which will occupy the lab will be rats and mice.
BioHub - the incubator for start-ups - slices through the centre of the
extensive real estate - which in total is one million square feet of office
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Issue 4 (October - December), 2016. Volume VII. Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598x.
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