The Environmentally Friendly Lab

On Earth Day, we should have a conversation about how to create sustainable practices in the biomedical industry. In my years as a researcher and scientist, there have been very few opportunities to create sustainable practices. By the nature of the science we do, we generate tons of plastic waste and fail to offset our environmental impacts. As the Lab Director of Applied InGENuity, we have consciously decided to at least try to improve on our practices, from using solar energy on our building, electric vehicles in our fleet and importantly trying to minimize our waste streams.

Celebrating Earth Day!
April 22nd is Earth Day! It also happens to be my brother’s birthday. So here are some facts for you. Did you know Applied InGENuity is one of the most environmentally friendly laboratories in the country. We are proud of that fact. Here is how we work to create a sustainable and eco-friendly environment.
1. Solar Energy – Did you know that all of our power needs are met by 80+ solar panels on our roof. This powers our freezers, instruments and our 12000 sq. foot building.
2. Recycling – We educate our staff and everything that is possibly recyclable, we recycle. As you know, laboratories use lots of plasticware, we try to minimize as much as possible and when available use compostable resources.
3. Electric vehicle fleet – Your lab tests generate a lot of emissions just in the transport part of getting lab tests to our laboratory. When we use couriers, we donate to offset our carbon footprint. Locally, we use a Chevy Bolt electric vehicle (charged by solar) to offset our emissions.
4. Donations – We support and are members of local and national advocacy groups such as the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club.

 

Maulik Shah

Hello. I am a Clinical Geneticist. My medical education is from the Medical College of Virginia (M.D. and Ph.D.). I worked at NIH in the lab that performed the very first human gene therapy trial and helped design some of the original recombinant adenovirus vectors for gene therapy. Since then, I have been a genetics research in both Academia and the Private sector and currently work as Lab Director for Applied InGENuity and QUASR Diagnostics

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