New high-biosafety laboratory opens in Berlin

August 2018 Researchers rely on BINDER

Virus research in BINDER chambers


A new laboratory that conforms to the very highest standards of biosafety recently opened at the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. It is designed to provide a safe environment for diagnosing and conducting research into highly contagious and life-threatening viruses such as Ebola and Lassa. As part of their research work, the laboratory staff are relying on gassed incubators (CB) from BINDER.


Research into highly contagious viruses requires a laboratory that is able to provide the utmost level of safety. Now, the ideal conditions for this have been established in the RKI's Seestraße location, situated in the Wedding district of Berlin. The facility is separate from the rest of the building and has its own dedicated power, water, and air supplies. The researchers are required to wear biohazard suits while moving around and working inside it.


The reason for this stringent protection is what they are investigating: viruses like Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and Nipah, plus new pathologies. In some cases, the pathogens are stored at temperatures as low as -160 °C or cultivated in a BINDER incubator so that researchers can analyze how they develop. Through more understanding of this, it is hoped that new medicines and vaccines can be manufactured to combat the diseases.
Take a more in-depth look at the key features of the BINDER incubator (CB)!