With the help of some of our partners—InSphero Inc., Maine Technology Institute, Baker Co., Maine Medical Center Research Institute, University of New England, Bigelow Laboratory and Jackson Labs—TechPlace created a shared bioproduction lab with a rating of Biosafety Level 2.

The lab is well equipped for cell culture work.  In addition to mammalian/plant/insect cell culture, the lab is also suitable for plating bacterial/fungus and has air incubators at 37  degrees C and 30 degrees C for that purpose.

Shared lab services

  • Maintenance of permits for all lab operations
  • Mandatory training and compliance for all lab users
  • Maintenance of equipment and technical support
  • Cleaning and waste removal

BioWorks Spaces

Equipped for excellence, BioWorks offers three 6-foot bench spaces available for rent.  In addition to the shared lab, BioWorks also includes one large BioLab Suite with two private spaces (341 and 235 square feet) and a 242 square foot gowning area, all secured with a keypad entry door. Keep your eye on the interactive space diagram for any availability in our private labs or shared bench spaces.

Lab equipment includes

  • Biological safety cabinet with independent vacuum aspiration
  • CO2 incubator (adjustable)
  • Air quality & handing system utilizing MERV Level 13 filters
  • Refrigerated swinging bucket and centrifuge
  • Water bath
  • Cold storage (4 degrees C, -20 degrees C and -80 degrees C) as well as liquid N2 dewars
  • Inverted phase contrast microscope with 10X and 20X objectives
  • Air incubators
  • Chemical fume hood
  • Balances, microwave, magnetic hot plates, pH meter, and flammables cupboard
  • Reverse osmosis water supply
  • Dishwasher
  • Autoclave