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April 6, 2020
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Nine out of ten people in the United States believe organ and tissue donation help with medical breakthroughs, a recent survey reported.

The basic question in the survey asked the level of agreement with this statement: “Donated organs and tissues help researchers make medical and health breakthroughs.” “Strongly agree” was the most popular response, with 62%. The response “Somewhat agree” had 30%.

The survey broke down responses to the questions by four groups as well:

Coronavirus and other respiratory virus outbreaks not found in blood
March 24, 2020
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More than 100 businesses and schools have canceled blood drives across South Texas due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

With these countless loss of donations, the blood supply here and across the nation is in emergency mode.

With this amount of uncertainty, it’s understandable why donors ask the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center if coronavirus can be carried in blood.

“People are not at risk for contracting coronavirus, either by giving blood or receiving a blood transfusion, and we’re taking every precaution to ensure our donor rooms and bloodmobiles are a healthy environment,” says Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, associate medical director at STBTC.

March 2, 2020
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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a draft of changes to the blood donor questionnaire that potentially could increase the number of eligible donors in South Texas.

Currently, anyone who received treatment with human growth hormone or bovine insulin for diabetes cannot donate blood. Those restrictions could be eliminated under the proposal.

Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, Associate Medical Director at BioBridge Global, said the change could increase the number of eligible donors, though the size of the increase was difficult to estimate.

“Donors previously deferred for time spent on a military base may be eligible for reentry (to the list of eligible donors),” she said. “Donors previously deferred for bovine insulin are also potentially eligible for reentry.”

February 24, 2020

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Kenneth Bertram, MD, PhD, FACP is the former commander of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and Principal Assistant for Acquisition for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. He joined the BioBridge Global Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board in 2018.

In a question-and-answer session, he talked about the future of regenerative medicine, BioBridge Global’s potential in the field and how he developed an interest in regenerative medicine:

How do you think regenerative medicine fits into the future of medical care?

February 13, 2020

Members of The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation board of directors got a look at the future of healthcare at their first meeting of 2020.

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Becky Cap, Chief Operating Officer of GenCure, addresses members of The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation board of directors at their first meeting of 2020.

The board met at the GenCure Biomanufacturing facility, which is part of the VelocityTX bioscience hub on San Antonio’s East Side. After the formal meeting, board members took one of the first tours of the facility, which is scheduled to open this spring.

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