New Location Improves Efficiency

Two women talking.

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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PEL Staff Together for the First Time

Man working with instruments

Troy Taylor adjusts the steam pressure on the manifold that provides pharmaceutical air, chilled water, steam, oxygen, and other gases to the bioreactors in PEL’s fermentation laboratory.

By Ashley DeVine, Staff Writer

John-Paul Denson and Troy Taylor of the Protein Expression Laboratory (PEL) used to pack liters of Escherichia coli lysates on ice, put them in the back of a microvan, and drive across campus to deliver the samples for protein purification.

Now that all PEL staff members are working under the same roof at the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF), transferring samples is just a walk down the hall. Staff members were previously spread out in five buildings across the Fort Detrick campus.

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Dedicated Space

Floor plans for partner space.

The three-story, 330,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Research Facility has nearly 40,000 square feet designated as partnership space (shown in blue) for co-location of collaborators from industry, academia, nonprofit sectors, and other government agencies. The partnership space, combined with multiple conference rooms and meeting areas, encourages both internal and external collaborations.

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Conference Space More Than Doubles at ATRF

Woman at monitors.

Tammy Miller, conference center technician, in the control room of the ATRF conference center.

By Ken Michaels, Staff Writer

The opening of the Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) conference center more than doubles the amount of meeting space now available at the Frederick National Laboratory.

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