Federal Services - LBERI


Lovelace Biomedical and Environmental Research Institute (LBERI), a Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) wholly owned subsidiary, offers capabilities for research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) to provide improved medical countermeasures against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosives (CBRNE) and emerging threats. LBERI functions as the corporate entity responsible for all federal programs.


LBERI, one of the largest private, not-for-profit research organizations in the nation, conducts basic and applied science research, as well as test and evaluation. LBERI offers a range of research capabilities to government clients and government-funded industry and health organizations, to produce innovative solutions to research challenges.  With  diverse research capabilities and close working relationships with small and large organizations such as universities, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, trade organizations, and technology transfer start-ups, LBERI is qualified to provide research support to government programs.  LBERI scientific and administrative staff are experienced in forming flexible, multidisciplinary teams to address research issues and client needs. We have a history of providing innovative and novel solutions to research problems.

LBERI  is the only organization in the United States currently capable of undertaking countermeasure studies (CBRNE threats) all at the same facility using  the same infrastructure and personnel. LBERI provides aerosol science support, numerous small and large  animal models, and studies conducted in compliance with GLP standards.  Sulfur mustard, sarin, soman, ricin, botulinum toxin, anthrax, plague, avian influenza, tularemia, SARS, as well as fine aerosols of plutonium, americium, and cesium are examples of numerous agents currently studied.

GSA Schedules: LRRI/LBERI provide the federal government with numerous options with our General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules.

Learn more about our GSA Schedules.

Staffing:  LRRI/LBERI manages and operates contractual labor opportunities. As a premier contract and staffing organization, Lovelace understands and stands ready to fully support our customers by providing scientific and support staffing. Learn more about staffing methods and capabilities: Lovelace Scientific and Technology Services (LSTS).

Engineering Expertise: Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and its wholly owned subsidiaries provide commercial and government clients a wide range of biomedical and systems engineering solutions. Our expertise delivers a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical trials research.  Our solutions-driven research focuses on developing therapeutics and devices in response to national threats, and on improving animal and human health. Our engineering services include:

ŸBiochemical Engineering                         ŸEnvironmental Engineering

ŸBioelectrical Engineering                         ŸFacility Engineering

ŸBiomechanical Engineering                      ŸNuclear Engineering

ŸSystems Engineering                             Computer Science/Software Engineering

Biocontainment Facility Operations Expertise: LBERI has 50 years of experience performing research with high-risk agents and compounds requiring the use of containment laboratories and animal housing facilities. Learn more about Biocontainment Facilities Operations and Maintenance Support.

CBRNE: LBERI offers considerable chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) research capabilities to the defense community.  LBERI has conducted studies for over 40 years with some of the most hazardous materials that can be encountered. Our scientists are experienced in computer simulation, laboratory experiments, field studies, and risk analyses relative to CBRNE threats. Learn more about CBRNE capabilities.

 Personnel Reliability: LBERI maintains all applicable occupational health and medical surveillance requirements and background investigations for our staff.  Our South Campus is located on Kirtland Air Force Base.  Many staff members must meet and maintain health, safety and security requirements to comply with base access as well as applicable regulations and best practices associated with the research agents in use.  Approximately 200 employees are currently approved through one or more different sets of health and security requirements.

Licensing and Certification

LBERI is licensed, registered, or certified by regulating agencies and organizations:

  • Board-certified Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, Pathologists, and Toxicologists
  • AALAS Laboratory Animal Technicians (LAT) or Technologists (LATG) certification
  • Certified quality assurance specialists
  • Certified health and safety specialists
  • Compliance with animal welfare regulations and maintenance of AAALAC accreditation for over 20 years.  All animal use protocols are reviewed and approved by the LRRI/LBERI IACUC
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) registered animal research facility, select Agent registration
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Select Agent registration
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), licensed for work with radioactive materials
  • DOE licensed for radioactive waste disposal with NTSB, licensed for retention and work with radioactive materials

Federal Agencies Served:

  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    • Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
    •  Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
    •  CDC
    •  FDA
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • DOD
    • Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
    • JPEO-CBD
      • JPM Biological Defense (JBSDS, JBPDS)
      • Chemical Biological Medical Systems (CBMS)
    • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    • Services (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines)
  • DOE
  • USDA
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Commercial clients with federal funding
  • Academic entities with federal funding