The Novartis-Penn CACT is featured in a STAT article titled: “Space science: Designing labs to improve research.” STAT is a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine, and scientific discovery.
The article stresses how design can promote collaboration and efficiency, which positively affects the research within. Ultimately, because of the innovative design strategies used in the facility, the time it takes to produce the personalized treatment for cancer in the lab was reduced by 50%.
An article excerpt is below:
On improving efficiency in the CACT
The original plan for the lab, revamped by Cannon Design, would have put the teams on two different floors. Reorganizing the space for greater efficiency found room to put the teams together on the same floor, strengthening their collaboration.
“And everything is modular,” said researcher Bruce Levine. “We have benches and cabinets on wheels so you can rearrange things. Everything is made to be put together like Legos.”
The change is more than cosmetic. The researchers expect the laboratory layout will ultimately cut in half — from four weeks to two — the time it takes to create the hunter cells for one patient.