Tuttlingen, 22/05/2015 – Working with cell and tissue cultures plays a key role in biomedical research. The cells are cultivated in a CO₂ incubator, also known as a gassed incubator. Optimum growth conditions and maximum safety from contamination are fundamental in this process. What are the essential quality requirements for a CO₂ incubator? How efficient are the anticontamination concepts? Especially in cell cultivation, no problem is more feared than contamination. Contamination of specimens can have catastrophic consequences, not just loss of reputation but also considerable financial damages. Pristine cell cultures can only be guaranteed by avoiding contamination by working in a germ-free environment. When purchasing a CO₂ incubator, many specific details must thus be taken into account. Performance characteristics must meet individual requirements. BINDER GmbH, the leading expert in simulation chambers for scientific and industrial laboratories, has therefore developed a new calculation program for evaluating the various designs of the prevalent CO₂ incubators. In just a few steps, the program evaluates the efficiency and safety of the available features. For instance, the user can select the method of decontamination, the frequency of individual cleaning procedures and the incubator's equipment. The overall result assesses the safety of the decontamination procedure in relation to the scope of effort necessary to clean the unit and the costs for consumables and service. The evaluation can then be used as an aid to the decision-making process in the purchase of a new CO₂ incubator. Because finding the right solutions saves a lot of time and money.