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FROM THE EDITOR 5 March/April 2016 • www.cemag.us
When Laboratory Worlds
After serving as the editor of Controlled Environments for several years, I was recently named editor of another ABM publication, Laboratory Design. Some of you read both magazines (thank you!), but I’ve found that each
brand also has its specific and loyal followers. The Controlled
Environments community is great, and (as I’ve quickly learned)
so is the Laboratory Design community. I’ve gotten in touch
with many of you via email and social media to let you know
about my new position, and I appreciate those that have reached out to me to get
involved with Laboratory Design. I look forward to connecting with more of you in
There’s certainly some crossover between both publications, and I’m looking
forward to merging two distinct audiences whenever possible. Not all laboratories
are cleanrooms, of course. And not all cleanrooms are used as laboratories. But there
are some instances where the two coincide. I’m fortunate to have great contacts in
both fields, and I’m excited about the editorial features these two magazines will be
bringing to you in the coming months.
It’s been interesting to explore the broader world of Laboratory Design.
Cleanrooms are such a niche subject — specific standards and certifications need to
be met, equipment has to be approved for cleanroom use, special apparel needs to
be worn, etc. There is a bit more leeway with Laboratory Design, though — people
working in your run-of-the-mill laboratory may not be clad head-to-toe in bunny
suits and bouffants, and products and equipment don’t always go through the cleanroom’s rigorous packaging and testing mandates before they enter a lab facility. I’m
also learning more about the world of architecture, since it plays a much larger role
for Laboratory Design than it does for Controlled Environments.
Even though cleanrooms can be a specific topic, I’ve always been amazed at how
many applications they can be used for. According to last year’s Cleanroom Trends
and Salary Survey (see http://bit.ly/1pbhPN7), nearly a quarter of Controlled
Environments’ readership works in the pharmaceutical industry. The manufacturing and medical device industries also make up a large portion of our audience.
But our readers also represent fields such as nanotechnology, food and beverage,
semiconductors, and aerospace, among others. These industries are also represented
in Laboratory Design — someone’s got to plan out and construct those cleanrooms,
I hope to see you at the 2016 Laboratory Design Conference, which will be
held April 25-27 in Houston, Texas. Experts will be delivering sessions on topics
that will resonate with Controlled Environments readers — research laboratories, bringing technology into the 21st century, fume hoods, steam sterilizers,
and more. Our “Facilities Gal” columnist, Kate Everett, will be speaking about
renovation and retrofitting. Tours of Houston-area labs will also be offered.
Visit www.labdesignconference.com for more information and to register.