Top ten stories in 2018 for BBG
As the year comes to a close, here are the top 10 stories that happened in BioBridge Global and its family of nonprofits that include the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood and Tissue Center Foundation.
- GenCure opened the first phase of a biomanufacturing center for the large-scale production of adult stem cells. The center is one of only a handful of independent manufacturing facilities in the U.S. for human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells.
- South Texas Blood & Tissue Center joined partners in the Brothers in Arms program to bring battlefield advances to civilian trauma care. The program enables air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood. San Antonio is one of the first cities in the United States to implement the program.
- GenCure coordinated the meeting of an Amazon shopper named Nicole, her son with a rare bone marrow disorder, Roman, and an Amazon employee, Kenny. It also led to the first marrow donor registry drive at the company’s warehouse in San Marcos.
- BioBridge Global formed a new Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board, composed of industry leaders with a wide range of scientific, product development and business experience. The initial members of the board are Phil Vanek, Gregory Bonfiglio and Kenneth Bertram. The board supports the organization’s continued growth in regenerative medicine.
- Qualtex Laboratories implemented new Zika testing guidance, weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued revised recommendations for blood centers. Two years ago, QualTex was one of the first testing centers in the United States to make the Zika test available.
- San Antonio was the site of the largest coordinated marrow registry drive for World Marrow Donor Day. GenCure partnered with H-E-B and Be The Match to host marrow donor registration drives at 16 H-E-B locations. San Antonio is also home to the first Hispanic donor in the nation.
- BioBridge Global highlighted its capabilities in regenerative medicine at the 2018 AABB Annual Meeting in Boston. Ten research projects, both posters and oral presentations, were presented at the event. QualTex poster on dramatically reducing blood and plasma testing turnaround times was named the best in its category.
- The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation annual gala, the Red and White Ball, raised funds toward a GenCure Applied Research and Development Laboratory. Scientists will use the lab to develop new treatments for traumatic injuries, such as the second- and third-degree burns Marty Wender suffered, as well as diabetic wounds and other conditions. Rose Marie and Emerson (Buddy) Banack received the Chairman’s Award from the Foundation for their longstanding support of the organization.
- GenCure held its first ever virtual marrow registry drive for Taylor Castro, document control coordinator for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia just six months after giving birth to her youngest child.
- Efforts from the Blood & Tissue Center Foundation brought onboard two new bloodmobiles funded by the Valero, Andeavor and Walmart Foundations, along with other family foundations. The bloodmobiles are now in operation.
May the year of 2019 bring along more news that save and enhance lives through the healing power of human cells and tissue.
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