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When designing the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND), it was important to create a space that would facilitate collaboration among the researchers.

Located on the third and fourth floors of the new Sandler Neurosciences Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), its more than 27,000 square feet of Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) laboratory space features 30 rows of open lab benches, with alternating rows capped by new Class II Type A2 biosafety cabinets. The large lab allows for dozens of researchers, as well as their students and research staff, to have enough room to comfortably and safely perform their work while still allowing for collaboration with their colleagues.

A spacious Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) laboratory is also available at the IND. Equipped with Type II Class B2 biosafety cabinets, this is where the researchers work with more hazardous materials.

New biological safety cabinets were provided to the IND by a generous donation from the Eagleson Institute, a non-profit organization working globally to promote laboratory health and safety through education. In a partnership with The Baker Company, who helped with flexible payment terms, the entire laboratory was outfitted with new cabinets.