February 25, 2019

Researchers from Japan have found a potential way to make platelets from human stem cells derived from fat cells.

Creating platelets in this manner brings a new way to help patients needing platelet transfusions. This breakthrough can help overcome the five day shelf life of platelets, its limited supply and risks of bacterial contamination.

The study was published in the Journal of Blood.

Fat cell derived platelets were obtained within twelve days, with its characteristics and functions similar to platelets.

The method also has potential application in clinical trials.

“Many researchers are currently working to create manufactured platelets, and have succeeded to a degree as evidenced by the article here,” said Dr. Rachel Beddard, Chief Medical Officer at BioBridge Global.

February 18, 2019

Let’s saddle up and look back at what used to be on the property of BioBridge Global, Dellview shopping center (including Walmart), Credit Human headquarters, Bill Miller BBQ and the hotels around it, and the Granados senior center.

In 1994, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center acquired land to build an 80,000-square-foot Headquarters Facility. In 2008, another 40,000-square-foot building was added, the Donor Pavilion. In 2018, 10,000 square feet was added through the Alamo Administration Building.

All of these buildings have one thing in common: They are on land that once was part of the well-known Vance View Stables. 

James Milton Vance built his home and Hillside Dairy Ranch on the property in 1888. Vance and his wife had five children, including Zelime Vance. Zelime Vance married Frank Gillespie, who founded the Gillespie Ford dealership. 

February 12, 2019

This year’s RegenMed SA conference at the Wyndham Riverwalk brought the biomedical community together to talk about regenerative medicine research happening in local universities and research labs.

Participation in the event – more than 200 people registered, the most in its five-year history – demonstrated the interest in regenerative medicine in the region.

But Becky Cap, Chief Operating Officer of GenCure and one of the conference’s organizers, said the event was far more than a show of interest in a growing field.

February 11, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new guidance for the approvals process for medical devices.

For more than 40 years, device makers obtained an expedited approval if they could prove the new device was “substantially equivalent” to one in use when the regulation went into effect in 1976, according to a report by CNBC.

The change is designed to encourage manufacturers to base new products on devices no older than 10 years.

The change will not directly affect BioBridge Global and its subsidiaries, as we don’t manufacture or market medical devices at this time directly, said Adrienne Mendoza, Vice President for Global Quality & Compliance.

February 4, 2019

For patients like George Ortiz, the program has been lifesaving.

Ortiz, a construction worker from Jourdanton, suffered a severe leg injury last year while on the job, causing a dramatic loss in blood.

“What I remember is standing on top of the hole-drilling machine and removing some pins so that the rest of the stem that drills the hole could come down. Then the machine squished my leg. It felt like it tore it off," he said.