December 2, 2019

Researchers from Harvard University have shown progress toward a 3D bioprinting method that could potentially save the lives of those waiting for organ transplants.

Growing organs in the lab is one of the ways regenerative medicine could be applied to more patients.

The study was published in the journal Science Advances, along with a video of the innovative method.

Researchers grew hundreds of thousands of heart stem cells that were molded and packed into organoids, or tissue that mimics a mini-model of an organ.

A special ink made a pattern in the mold of densely packed cells and was later removed, creating channels in the tissue that replicate blood vessels.

The successfully engineered heart tissue then beat for more than seven days.

November 18, 2019

A new type of blood warmer using laser technology has the potential to cut pre-transfusion blood testing incubation times from 5-30 minutes to 40 seconds.

A faster turnaround time in blood testing and transfusions presents the possibility of increased survival rates for accident victims, moms and newborns, and patients in surgery. 

November 12, 2019

James Randle, Director of Donor Services for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, points out the highlights of one of the center's new bloodmobiles.

October 28, 2019

With AABB come and gone, members of the organization who attended the conference reflected on their favorite sights and moments at AABB 19. This was the first time the AABB annual meeting was in San Antonio since 2001. 

Here are what they considered the coolest things they saw: 

Adrienne Mendoza, Vice President, Global Quality, BBG: 

“The cool thing I saw was diversity. Members from around the world converged to learn, collaborate, celebrate and address challenges. Young blood, cell therapy and clinical professionals were in strong representation. Many Spanish-language sessions were provided, and a number of speakers were from Africa, Europe, and Asia. It was the most diverse group I’ve seen. Bodes well for the future of the AABB.” 

Promise Trevino, Corporate Account Executive, QualTex: 

Breaking down acronyms with the experts who work with them day in and day out
October 21, 2019

Robert Hernandez, Director of Quality & Compliance, Advanced Therapies & HCT/Ps, oversees policies and regulatory compliance on the procurement, development and manufacture of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/Ps) at BioBridge Global. He answers the question “What is a BSC?”

What is a BSC?

A biological safety cabinet (BSC) is an enclosed lab bench that provides a safe working environment for lab personnel processing microbiological, cell culture and clinical samples. It also controls contamination from spreading into the product or sample inside the BSC.

BSCs also can be used as an aseptic manufacturing environment within a cleanroom for performing critical work, such as filling final product containers. 

BioBridge Global uses Class II, Type A2 BSCs, the most commonly used type in labs worldwide.