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Midwest Research Institute Launches Center for Biological Safety and Security (CBS2)
Date:9/13/2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and FREDERICK, Md., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To address the growing demand for expertise in laboratory services, Midwest Research Institute (MRI) announced today the launch of its Center for Biological Safety and Security (CBS2) -- a center staffed by an internationally recognized team of certified biosafety and security specialists who are dedicated to provide a diverse range of specialized laboratory consulting services from design, to operations, to management.

An increased national and international demand for high level biosafety laboratories needed for research in a variety of industries, including biodefense, agriculture, food safety, and vaccine development, has created the need for highly trained and experienced biological safety personnel who are able to provide diverse technical support capabilities. MRI's CBS2, strategically located in Frederick, MD, near the hub of the nation's biological defense research, addresses the demand and provides laboratory consulting services to government, private industry and academic clients.

"Through this Center, MRI is providing an industry unique approach in meeting the complex needs of global clients. Our strategy integrates two technical disciplines, biosafety and security of biological facilities, tailored to help clients improve overall laboratory performance and efficiency," said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of MRI's Research Operations.

"Safety and security are core values at MRI," Helmstetter added. "The opportunity exists for us to provide others with services to ensure safe and secure practices when conducting leading edge biological research." With more than 60 years of experience in scientific research, including 15 years managing Biosafety Level-3 and Agriculture Biosafety Level-3 laboratories, MRI has earned a reputation for delivering services with excellence in quality, integrity and safety.

MRI's highly credentialed CBS2 Team
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