Robert Blumenthal: More than 40 Years at FNL

Portrait of Robert Blumenthal

Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D., retired in May 2012 after more than 40 years at NCI; he served as director of the Center for Cancer Research Nanobiology Program during his last seven years at FNL.

By Carolynne Keenan, Guest Writer

Robert Blumenthal, Ph.D., is a nanotechnology and cell membrane expert at Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL)—just as you would imagine someone with more than 40 years of experience in biomedical research would be.

Blumenthal started his career as a principal investigator (PI) at NCI in Bethesda, but since 1997, he has called FNL (formerly NCI-Frederick) his home.

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FNL: Marking the First 40 Years

Facility sign with map.

This sign (photo taken circa 1991) shows the facility’s name when it was the Frederick Cancer Research Facility; this name change occurred in December 1981.

By Carolynne Keenan, Guest Writer

Forty years ago, a single act by former President Richard Nixon created what we now know as the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL) at Fort Detrick. What began as a small facility with a staff of about 20 people in the early 1970s grew into the multi-facility, nationally distinguished laboratory for cancer research that it is today.

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Water-Cooled Data Center Packs More Power Per Rack

A man with network racks.

The network racks in the foreground house all of the Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network hardware. The fiber cables from the 17 ATRF LAN closets, the storage systems, and the servers are fed through the overhead cable trays into the network racks and connected. The racks in the background contain 2 petabytes of tier-two and -three disk storage.

By Frank Blanchard and Ken Michaels, Staff Writers

Behind each tall, black computer rack in the data center at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) is something both strangely familiar and oddly out of place: It looks like a radiator.

The back door of each cabinet is gridded with the coils of the Liebert cooling system, which circulates chilled water to remove heat generated by the high-speed, high-capacity, fault-tolerant equipment.

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New Location Improves Efficiency

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Jennifer Troyer (left), a senior scientist in the Laboratory of Molecular Technology, consults with Courtney Silverthorn, an IP specialist, in the atrium of the ATRF. The SAIC-Frederick IP Office often works with scientists from the Advanced Technology Program.

By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The physical proximity of the SAIC-Frederick Intellectual Property (IP) Office to the NCI Technology Transfer Center (NCI-TTC) is one of the many benefits of being at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), according to Courtney Silverthorn, Ph.D. Being in one location “has increased the effectiveness of both informal communication and formal meetings. We have already brainstormed solutions for several issues in the hallway during an informal chat,” said Silverthorn, an SAIC-Frederick IP specialist.

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BDP Is Unified at the ATRF

A man attaches a valve to a tank..

Mark Slatcoff attaches a sample valve to the 1,000-liter bioreactor, which is used for large-scale cell culture production. After production, the material is filtered or centrifuged, and then further processed before the final bulk product is produced. The final bulk product is filtered again, and then vialed for use in preclinical or clinical trials.

By Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

The Biopharmaceutical Development Program (BDP) at the Frederick National Laboratory is, for the first time ever, in a single building at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF).

At Fort Detrick, BDP operations were spread out in about a dozen buildings, resulting in redundancies in maintaining various utilities (air handlers, clean steam, WFI, etc.) for multiple buildings rather than one.

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Protein Laboratories in Single Location

Two men in a laboratory.

LPAT researchers Ming Zhou (left) and Athar Masood set up equipment in the new mass spectrometry laboratory at the ATRF.

By Andrew Stephen, Timothy Veenstra, and Gordon Whiteley, Guest Writers, and Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

The Laboratory of Proteomics and Analytical Technologies (LPAT), Antibody Characterization Laboratory (ACL), and Protein Chemistry Laboratory (PCL), previously located on different floors or in different buildings, are now together on the first floor of C wing in the ATRF.

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