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Open to both qualified investigators from the SFU research community and non-SFU academic and corporate researchers, Simon Fraser University’s Biocontainment of Infectious Organisms level 3 (BIO3) Lab is one of a few biosecure facilities in Canada that are certified to meet the highest safety standards defined by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The BIO3 Lab offers a protected and reliable workspace for qualified and approved investigators to conduct research involving Risk Group 3 pathogens. Insight from such research may lead or contribute to breakthrough discoveries against human diseases. This facility is the first-of-its-kind at SFU.

Access to the BIO3 Lab requires medical clearance, fulfillment of biosafety and biosecurity requirements, approval by SFU’s Biosafety Committee, proven expertise and competence, facility orientation and training, and approval by the Lab’s Operations Director. Project-specific consultation or training by the BIO3 Lab team may also be required in select instances.

Facility overview and access requirements


The BIO3 Lab team is comprised of the Scientific Director, the Operations Director and laboratory staff. Members of the team provide:

  • Safety training for research in the BIO3 Lab;
  • Lab access for approved research projects;
  • Consultation on prospective research;
  • Lab management (laundry service; equipment maintenance; waste disposal; lab decontamination).

For questions about the lab and access, please contact Dwayne Ashman, Operations Director, BIO3 Lab at 

SFU created the BIO3 Lab thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation

Read about SFU's BIO3 Lab