The company was first established by Art Baker as a response to the need to protect hospital lab workers from infectious diseases and the dangerous process of drug preparation.
Baker designs and builds the first clean air work station. Many of today's industry standards for quality, performance and construction are based on original Baker concepts and innovations. Later that decade, Jack Eagleson joined the company and brought with him extensive experience with HEPA filter technology.
Baker, for years the only manufacturer of clean-air workspaces, introduces new concepts in airflow control leading to the introduction of the original High Velocity Return Air Slots on the patented EdgeGARD® clean bench. Today, the EdgeGARD® remains the most efficient horizontal flow clean bench in the industry.
Baker's unique airflow design creates a more impenetrable air barrier or "momentum air curtain" at the front of the cabinet, increasing the cabinet's protective capabilities. The Baker BioGARD® is one of the first biological safety cabinets to incorporate the momentum air curtain, which remains the most effective method of maintaining maximum containment in an open front cabinet.
Based on a continuing commitment to research and testing, Baker dramatically improves biological safety cabinet standards with the development of SterilGARD®, the first cabinet to completely surround contaminated positive pressure plenums with negative pressure to enhance safety.
Baker is the first company in the industry to establish a state-of-the-art microbiological aerosol testing laboratory at its manufacturing facility. Baker remains the only company, which routinely performs extensive biological tests on all equipment made.
Lockheed Aircraft Biosystems chooses Baker to design a general purpose biological safety cabinet for the SpaceLab shuttle flight.
Through extensive research and testing, Baker develops the concept of a performance envelope for biological safety cabinets, which maximizes personnel and product protection of each individual cabinet by establishing the optimum setpoint. Baker is the only manufacturer to test its products based on the principal of performance envelopes.
Baker initiates formal industry education programs covering Class II biological safety cabinets. These unique training seminars, now conducted by the renowned Eagleson Institute, continue to provide vital information and instruction for researchers, safety officers, facility engineers, equipment certifiers, pharmacists and laboratory technicians from around the world.
Baker introduces SterilGARD® III Advance, the industry's most advanced, ergonomically styled Class II, Type A/B3 biological safety cabinet. This new cabinet design represents significant advances in user comfort and safety, along with the highest performance available from any biological safety cabinet on the market today.
With the emergence of new technologies in the use of mammalian cell culture models, Baker develops and introduces a new line of biological safety cabinets and clean benches based on proven combinations of performance, ergonomics and cost containment. Designed to meet the needs of animal research and production laboratories, this new generation of products includes animal transfer and cage management platforms, necropsy and waste disposal stations to protect users and animals alike.
When changes in the NSF/ANSI Standard 49 - 2002 were adopted in 2002, Baker Class II, Type A/B3 biological safety cabinets were re-classified as Class II, Type A2 cabinets in an effort to clarify performance and exhaust criteria. Baker publishes a comparative performance chart (Guide To Biological Safety Cabinets) to assist in understanding cabinet performance differentials and containment profiles.
In response to increasing demand for improved safeguards in pharmacy compounding and cytotoxic chemical preparation, Baker introduces new glovebox cabinets to meet specific applications in hospitals, pharmacies and clinical treatment centers. The Baker ChemoSHIELD® glovebox with interchange creates better than Class 100 air quality within a negative pressure work area protecting both the user as well as the admixture in process. For product protection, the Baker SterilSHIELD® glovebox with interchange offers better than Class 100 air in a positive pressure work chamber that prevents airborne contaminants from migrating to the formulation from the pharmacy.
The new SterilGARD® e3 (Energy Efficient Engineered) biological safety cabinet provides significant energy savings while maintaining the highest safety and performance standards. The SterilGARD® e3 is also the only BSC in the industry that offers the ReadySAFE mode: an idle mode that makes the cabinet instantly safe upon resuming work.
The BioChemGARD® e3 Class II, Type B2 cabinet is engineered to operate with a reduced exhaust airflow and resistance. This minimizes noise, cuts the electrical power and static pressure requirements, while significantly reducing the volume of conditioned air exhausted from the laboratory. Together, Baker's exclusive technologies deliver an average reduction of 49% in a lab's annual operating costs.
Ruskinn is renowned for its closed cell culture expertise, which Baker combines with it's own aseptic processing and containment technologies.
The Baker Company has joined forces with Milo Bianchetti, former owner of Clean Air Techniek, to launch CleanAir by Baker. Through this venture, Baker has acquired the CleanAir brand, as well as the manufacturing and service business previously operated by Azbil Telstar. CleanAir is the leading supplier of laminar flow equipment within the Benelux market.
At Baker, we maintain an unparalleled passion for helping our customers advance science, discovery, and clinical care. We also understand the complex challenges faced within the global scientific and biosafety community. By forging strategic relationships and aligning ourselves with specific sectors and research, we can ensure the successful growth of The Baker Company.