1951 Baker is founded
The company was first founded by Art Baker in response to the need for contamination control for the assembly of precision instruments and microelectronics.
Baker designs and builds the first clean air workplace. Many of today's industry standards for quality, performance and construction are based on original Baker concepts and innovations. Later that decade, Jack Eagleson joined the company, bringing extensive experience with HEPA filter technology.
1964 Baker develops Momentum air curtain for maximum containment
Baker's unique airflow design creates an impenetrable air barrier or "impulse air curtain" at the front of the cabinet, increasing the protection capacity of the cabinet. The Baker BioGARD® is one of the first biological safety cabinets to integrate the "momentum" air curtain, which remains the most effective method to maintain maximum containment in an open front cabinet.
1973 Baker is the first to increase safety with a negative pressure curtain that surrounds the contaminated positive pressure.
Based on an ongoing commitment to research and testing, Baker dramatically improves biological safety cabinet standards with the development of SterilGARD®, the first cabinet to completely enclose contaminated positive pressure plenums with negative pressure to increase safety.
1979 Baker is chosen for NASA SpaceLab
Lockheed Aircraft Biosystems chooses Baker to design a general biological safety cabinet for the SpaceLab shuttle flight.
1983 Definition of Performance Envelope Maximizing Personnel and Product Protection
Through extensive research and testing, Baker is developing the concept of a performance enclosure for biological safety cabinets that maximises the protection of personnel and the product of each individual cabinet by determining the optimal set point. Baker is the only manufacturer to test its products based on the performance envelope principle.
1989 Baker founded the Eagleson Institute.
Baker initiates formal education programs for the industry relating to Class II biological safety cabinets. These unique training seminars, now provided by the renowned Eagleson Institute, continue to provide essential information and instruction to researchers, safety officers, facility engineers, equipment certifiers, pharmacists and lab technicians from around the world.
2002 Baker leads the industry in reclassifying terminology to meet the new NSF/ANSI standard #49, 2002 for Class II Biosafety Cabinet Types.
When amendments to the NSF/ANSI standard #49, 2002 were adopted in 2002, Baker Class II Biosafety Cabinets, Type A/B3, were reclassified as Class II, Type A2, in an effort to clarify performance and exhaust criteria. Baker is publishing a comparative performance graph to better understand the performance differences between the cabinets.
2003 Baker introduces compound insulators for the safety of the pharmacy
In response to the increasing demand for improved security in pharmaceutical compounding and cytotoxic chemicals, Baker is introducing new glove boxes to meet specific applications in hospitals, pharmacies and clinical treatment centers. The Baker ChemoSHIELD® exchange glove box provides better air quality than Class 100 within a negative pressure range, protecting both the user and the mixture in the process. To protect the product, the Baker SterilSHIELD® interchangeable glove box provides better than Class 100 air in a positive pressure workspace that prevents airborne contaminants from migrating to the pharmacy formulation.
2011 Baker introduces the BioChemGARD® e3, the most energy-efficient biological exhaust safety cabinet in the industry.
The BioChemGARD® e3 Class II, Type B2 cabinet is designed to operate with reduced exhaust air flow and resistance. This minimizes noise, reduces electrical power and static pressure, while significantly reducing the volume of conditioned air discharged by the laboratory. Together, Baker's exclusive technologies provide an average reduction of 49% in a laboratory's annual operating costs.