Acceleron Pharma, Inc. is a clinical biopharmaceutical company based in Massachusetts with a broad focus on developing medicines that regulate the transforming growth of factor beta (proteins that play fundamental roles in the growth and repair of cells and tissues). They aspire to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world. They foster a diverse and inclusive global workforce. 

At American Moving & Installation Inc., we were proud to have worked with a company that valued diversity and community as much as we do. As the only 100% woman-owned commercial moving union company in Massachusetts, we understand the importance of a diverse and committed workforce. We are certified as a Women Business Enterprise with the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the Supplier Diversity Office through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and awarded Statewide Contract FAC 96. Our trained team of movers has the resources and skills to help pharmaceutical companies like Acceleron address their moving, installation, and storage needs. 

Steps to Help You Relocate Your Pharmaceutical Company

Sometimes labs need to be moved because of renovation, expansion, or downsizing. When that happens, it’s essential to handle the relocation with the utmost care to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible to meet all the regulatory requirements according to local, state, and federal law. Below are a few steps that could help your laboratory relocation be as streamlined and efficient as possible:

  • Create a budget 
  • Hire a commercial moving company with experience relocating labs
  • Create a plan of attack with the project manager assigned to you
  • Create a relocation project team
  • Create a detailed timeline
  • Coordinate the move in advance
  • Take inventory of everything in the lab
  • Separate hazardous and non-hazardous materials/chemicals 
  • Make sure all permits and licenses are obtained 
  • Create a labeling system 
  • Document and label each item according to the system you created
  • Disinfect and decontaminate before packing
  • Prepare backups of your data servers
  • Have a plan for disposing of hazardous chemicals safely 
  • Have a design in mind for the new site

Our team at American Moving & Installation Inc. knows the importance of ensuring a lab relocation runs as smoothly as possible. There’s a lot at stake, not just in terms of expenses but because of the irreplaceable work being conducted. Our team is highly trained and dedicated to helping labs execute a smooth transition from their old lab to their new home. 

How to Set Up a New Laboratory

Setting up a new laboratory is exciting and overwhelming. To ensure the new lab is set up for success, there needs to be a detailed plan in place that includes the following:

  • Understanding the mission and goals for this new lab
  • Establishing the layout of the lab
  • Scheduling when equipment will be delivered
  • Determining how the equipment needs to be installed
  • Coordinating the arrival of all supplies and inventory
  • Communicating expectations with everyone involved
  • Ensuring the new lab meets all the safety requirements

One of the most important elements of setting up a lab is equipment installation. Many lab instruments are bulky and complex, requiring a coordinated effort to transport and properly set up a new lab. Some instruments require a technician to be on-site to do the installation. Each lab has different instruments and equipment that they need in order to be productive. At American Moving & Installation Inc., thanks to our over 60 years of collective experience, we have the resources and skills needed to handle all types of laboratory moves. 

Chemical Disposal and Decommissioning

Moving can always feel like a daunting task, but that can be especially true when dealing with expensive equipment and potentially dangerous materials. When it comes to having to transition a lab to a new location, it can be even more stressful and complicated. Workspaces need to be decontaminated before being vacated. Decommissioning and discarding equipment pose unique challenges as well. Every lab is going to have its regulations pertaining to decontaminating, de-energizing, and removing equipment from the lab. 

Labs need to have a plan for chemical disposal, decommissioning, and decontamination before the move even begins for the best chance of a smooth operation. However, it can be difficult to consider every element that must be addressed before and during the move and on moving day. That’s why pharmaceutical companies benefit from the services and guidance of a commercial moving company with the knowledge needed to execute laboratory relocations. Other considerations to keep in mind when undertaking a laboratory move include:

  • Cold storage transportation units
  • A detailed description of the chain of custody 
  • The permits needed
  • Instrumentation calibration 
  • Equipment specifications 
  • Complying with local, state, and federal regulations

There are many elements and factors to consider when transporting a lab from one location to the next. One of our project managers at American Moving & Installation Inc. can help you and your team organize your move and get a handle on every moving party to ensure you feel confident and comfortable throughout the whole process.

Have a Lab Move in the Boston & Cambridge Area? Contact American Moving & Installation Inc. Today

Laboratory facilities conduct vital and groundbreaking work, and they may experience a lot of change, such as outgrowing a space. When a change means that a lab needs to be moved to a new location, that can be an overwhelming task to even think about, let alone accomplish. Moving a lab facility can be challenging and we know that the smallest details can ensure that the move happens smoothly for all parties involved.

American Moving & Installation Inc. is a commercial moving union company dedicated to helping businesses, companies, and organizations find the storage, moving, and installation solutions they need. We are a one-stop-shop, having all the in-house services your lab may need to pack, unpack, transport, and install your laboratory equipment and materials. The project coordinator assigned to your project will be dedicated to seeing you through the process from start to finish. Contact our facility today by completing our contact form or calling (781) 878-8000