Chemical Agent Countermeasures
Inspired to drive impact
World Class Experts and Facilities
Battelle has a proven track record of developing assays, and putting them through rigorous evaluation in order to qualify and validate their use. This gives the regulatory agencies a high degree of confidence in the robustness of a given laboratory test.
Battelle Biomedical Research Center (BRC)
Battelle’s Biomedical Research Center (BRC) contains the largest privately owned Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facility in the United States, and has almost 150 linear feet of chemical surety hood lines to conduct research and efficacy testing of medical countermeasures (MCMs) for biological and chemical defense. This includes prophylaxis, therapeutic and diagnostic products using all routes of exposure in both large and small models.
The BRC also conducts secure, state-of-the-art research, testing, and evaluation using both highly toxic chemicals and highly pathogenic biological agents for a wide range of government agencies and private sector companies.
The 200,000+ ft2 BRC complex features:
- Biological Defense Research Facility – 92,000 ft2; 22,000 ft2 ABSL-3 containment area with 15 animal rooms and 22 ABSL-3 laboratories; 2 ABSL-2 animal rooms and 8 ABSL-2 laboratories.
- Aerosol Exposure Laboratory – Specialized laboratories for generating aerosol exposure challenges of ABSL-2 and -3 threat organisms and highly toxic materials.
- Highly Toxic Materials Laboratory – 77,000 ft2 area consisting of 29 ABSL-2 animal rooms; 15 laboratory areas with 144 linear feet of filtered chemical fume hoods for working with neat (pure) chemical warfare agents.
Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) and Level-2 (BSL-2) Laboratories
Battelle’s highly specialized laboratories and equipment enhance the quality and value of our work for faster, more reliable results. Battelle’s 22,000 square feet of BSL-3 laboratory and holding space boasts the largest private BSL-3 containment laboratory in the U.S. It includes 15 BSL-3 animal rooms and 24 BSL-3 wet labs for in vitro work, including an Aerosol Research and Component Assessment (ARCA) chamber, designed to expose complete biological identification systems to viable select agents. We also have 30 BSL-2 animal rooms and 17 BSL-2 labs. Both our BSL-3 and BSL-2 labs contain:
- Exposure suites with multiple Class III biological safety cabinets (BSCs)
- Multiple rooms are hardwired for telemetry and available for multi-study monitoring
- Bacteriology laboratories
- Dedicated fermentation laboratories
- Virology labs
- Dedicated tissue culture laboratories
- Aerosol testing and exposure laboratories
Our Biomedical Research Center conducts secure, state-of-the-art research, development, testing, and evaluation to enable proactive biosecurity preparedness critical to our national security, economic strength, and the well-being of people.
Battelle operates the world’s largest non-governmental containment laboratories that help clients deliver life-saving diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for victims of chemical and biological warfare or pandemic diseases.
Battelle has an extensive portfolio of proven technologies that leverage our operational expertise and advanced manufacturing capabilities to deliver next-generation chem-bio detection, protection and decontamination equipment.