Comparative Medicine Biomedicum (KM-B)
Comparative Medicine Biomedicum will be Comparative Medicine’s largest facility and dedicated to research on small rodents. The opening of KM-B is scheduled for March 2018.
KM-B has 7 wings and 6 special units, is directly through indoor walk-ways connected to both Biomedicum and Comparative Medicine's Annex (KM-A).
In total, KM-B holds more than 100 laboratories and 27 000 MCE slots. It has 6 C-barriers, one E-barrier (for terminal experiments only) and 3 BSL-2 units. Inside the E-barrier is also a smaller unit for aquatic species, operated by the Zebrafish core facility.
The special units are one smaller irradiation source (inside a C-barrier) and one area prepared for a not yet decided radiation source, accessible also from outside the barriers.
There is also an area prepared for advanced imaging with pneumatic dispatch to a cyclotron at the hospital, an isotope decay housing unit for small rodents and laboratory space for up to four instruments including a high-tesla MRI.
On the top-floor there is a suite of climate units (+4, +18-24, +30o C) with complementary lab space and 3 BSL-3 units that can be rearranged into two units. One is dedicated for research with infectious microorganisms, one for DNA transfer with replication-defective viruses and one unit dedicated to transplantation of human biomaterials to animals.
KM-B will open for test of functions in December 2017.
KM-B has reached late construction phase with intense interior assembly work of heavy equipment such as elevators, cage washing systems and autoclaves. A substantial proportion of surfaces, ceilings and media installations in laboratories and holding rooms have been completed.
A building inspection program has been activated to ensure highest quality and functionality.
The allocation of research groups into animal rooms and laboratories is, apart from a few exceptions, complete. There are ongoing stakeholder discussions regarding requests and demands. All timelines are according to plan.