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* Frontline 4/22 FOIA for picture of lyophilizer (which would include Speed Vac)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 1, 2011

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6 Responses to “* Frontline 4/22 FOIA for picture of lyophilizer (which would include Speed Vac)”

  1. DXer said

    The Virtis HL 600 lyophilizer in 1425 B2 signed out to Dr. Ivins was subject to its annual scheduled repair on August 27, 2001. 1.2 hours was spent.

    On March 27, 2002, there was unscheduled repair that took 6 hours and by another work order that date 3.0 hours was spent. Unscheduled repairs are not uncommon and occur every year or two. Although the time is within the range of times spent — as many as 17 hours was spent in 1995 shortly after installation — it is still a substantial amount of time (well above the mean and median) and so it would be interesting to see the actual Work Order to see the nature of the work. The Work Order is is 20020315004. The Work Order detailing the nature of the repair may not have been retained. But perhaps at least the identity of the repairman could be established. Others may seek to correlate that with the dates that Dr. Ivins was concerned about contamination in the lab.

  2. DXer said

    The patent by Ivins, Worsham et al states:

    “The concentrated sample was desalted again using the same buffer, frozen and finally lyophilized using a Speed-Vac.”

    http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6387665.html

  3. DXer said

    I am informed that there is no picture of the big lyophilizer in the hallway. They debated whether to take a picture but note that is not what is contemplated by the FOIA requirements. In any event, Operations Security objects. And we should defer on these matters to such considerations.

    Pictures can be obtained of the same equipment by identification of the precise model.

    It is precisely the job of the expert FOIA office to sort such issues out and they are doing a stellar job.

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