A strong partner in the coronavirus crisis

BINDER is a partner to rely on – before, during, and after the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus pandemic continues to hold the world in its grip. In response, every laboratory working in the field is devoting its full effort to not only developing a vaccine that will combat COVID-19, but also obtaining new insights into the virus. BINDER GmbH in Tuttlingen, Germany, is among those assisting the fight at the front line. Its employees are working hard to support laboratories by supplying premium products such as freezers and CO2 incubators at short notice. Even before the pandemic, however, this global market leader was playing an important role in improving the health and safety of people. In the current crisis, BINDER is once again proving itself to be a reliable partner through its premium products made in Tuttlingen.

Professor Volker Thiel from the University of Bern in Switzerland is among those relying on BINDER freezers as a tool in coronavirus research.

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Top virologist Volker Thiel is on the hunt for a vaccine

Swiss virologDr-Thiel-400x250pxist Professor Volker Thiel is a man in high demand – and his name is now known around the world following his success in creating the first synthetic coronavirus clone at the end of March.
During that month, Professor Thiel and his team at Mittelhäusern high-security laboratory in Switzerland worked with genuine coronavirus samples virtually non-stop. Their efforts were assisted by BINDER freezers with the ability to establish conditions of minus 80°C – the perfect temperature for storing the samples. Supplied by Tuttlingen-based global market leader BINDER, the equipment has been a stalwart of Thiel’s work to date.
Thiel has been focusing on coronaviruses for a number of years now – but his work had been viewed in some circles as an unusual choice due to the lesser significance that these viruses were thought to have. The situations surrounding SARS and MERS, also types of coronavirus, led the general public to begin shifting their opinions, however.
Viruses of the coronavirus kind are extremely small – to quote Thiel, “A milliliter of sea water contains a million viruses.” He adds that viruses have their own unique structure and require the support of the cells they infect in order to multiply. As for the name “coronavirus”, he explains that the term “corona” refers to a crown shape, reflecting the appearance of the virus when it is placed under the microscope.
Thiel and his research group are currently working with pharmaceutical companies with the aim of bringing a vaccine to market as quickly as possible. He explains what is involved in this fundamental research: “We create mucous membranes, infect them with the virus, and try to determine the temperatures at which it multiplies.”
While Thiel and his team are making good progress, they do not envisage a vaccine becoming available to the population at large before 2021. Thiel also believes that vaccination is the best way forward in the current crisis: “Without it, the situation as it stands just isn’t going to change.” These are views that are shared by virologist and frequent collaborator Christian Drosten from Charité university hospital in Berlin.

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BINDER fights COVID-19

BINDER Drying chambers, Freezers and CO2-incubators will support you in this pandemic!

Drying ovens: Prevent a shortage of face masks

Expose the face masks to dry heat of 65 to 70 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes. This will deactivate the corona virus and decontaminate the masks.

Freezer: Cool down to - 80 °C

or example, coronavirus samples are stored in the freezers, which cool down to - 80 °C. In this way, they can be retrieved at any time and can provide further information on the new lung disease. Freezers from BINDER thus enable detailed and long-term virus research with dangerous pathogens.

CO2 incubators: Optimum cell growth

Those who deal with the coronavirus scientifically will probably also need a CO2 - incubator for their research. The most important issue here is safety and the fact that after working on human cells, an anti-contamination concept such as that used by BINDER is available.


Our premium equipment for coronavirus research



Special features of our ULT Freezers

  • Lowest energy consumption in its class
  • Environmentally-friendly refrigerants R-290 and R-170
  • Range of temperature controller: -90 °C to -40 °C
  • Efficient thermal insulation with vacuum insulation panels
  • Rust-proof interior made completely of stainless steel

Special features of our CO2 Incubators

  • Seamless, deep-drawn inner stainless steel chamber
  • Auto-sterilization with hot air at 180 °C
  • Hot-air sterilizable CO₂ sensor with infrared technology
  • Double-pan humidification system with condensation protection
  • Internal data recording and USB interface

Special features of our ovens

• Temperature range up to 300°C
• Excellent temporal and spatialtemperature accuracy
• Up to 30% lower energy consumption compared to conventional units on the market

Do not hesitate and ask us how our chambers can help you in your important work. We will be pleased to advise you which chambers meet your requirements.