Due to the ability of the US military to rapidly respond throughout the world, it was necessary to build quick response into the VBDL. For the purpose of this article, rapid response is understood as rapid turnaround time (TAT), or rapid assay development.
The VBDL was also designed to enable quick response to novel pathogen threats encountered by the US military.
The VBDL wanted to ensure that customers were able to analyze a full range of pathogen genotypes for every sample submitted.
The VBDL adopted the most prudent safety practices to meet the requirements of Department of the Army Pamphlet 385-69, (6) Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), (7) and Quality Assurance/Quality Control Guidance for Laboratories Performing PCR Analyses on Environmental Samples (Environmental Protection Agency).