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Recent News Articles

September 18, 2019

Preston Varozza’s journey of donating marrow began before he was born.

In 1989, his mother, Gwyn, signed up for the marrow donor registry in support of a leukemia patient in San Jose, California. Gwyn had hoped to be a match for someone ever since, and she encouraged her children to support the registry in other ways.

Kyle Varozza, Preston’s younger brother, answered the call when he dedicated his Eagle Scout project to educating and registering people on the Be The Match Registry. Preston joined the registry in support of his brother’s project, not expecting that he would be a match.

September 16, 2019

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Ralph Morales was like a lot of people – he actively avoided blood drives at work.

But one day, a coworker convinced him to donate for the first time. And while drinking an after-donation juice, the 33-year-old Morales noticed something that would change his life: a marrow registry booth.

There, he learned the story of a young leukemia patient and met the child’s mother, who was at the table signing up potential donors. And then he signed up.

It was clear to Morales that signing up for the registry could dramatically affect someone’s life, but he had no clue that he was going to make history.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center extends hours, offers ‘dinner and a movie’ to boost blood supply
August 23, 2019
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With blood donations over the next week projected to meet only about 50 percent of the need, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is asking the community to help ensure that blood is available for patients.

“We’re working to avoid a situation that could force hospitals to postpone some blood transfusions, and that could leave our community vulnerable to larger trauma events that require multiple units of blood,” said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

 “While blood use is up in our service area, donations have declined, especially over the past week,” she said. “As a result we’ve seen the amount of blood available on some days dip to as low as a half-day’s supply. We’ve reached out to other blood centers, but communities across the country continue to see blood shortages and are facing emergency appeals of their own.”

Biomanufacturing CDMO among first to harvest adult stem cells at large scale
August 13, 2019
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In a breakthrough for the regenerative medicine industry, GenCure announced today that its biomanufacturing services team has successfully completed production runs expanding and harvesting human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in an 80-liter bioreactor. GenCure, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global (BBG), announced a major expansion of its biomanufacturing facilities in February of this year

The move to an 80-liter bioreactor addresses a critical need in the cell therapy industry for producing large-scale, consistent, clinical-grade adult stem cells needed to bring potential new therapies into clinical trials. GenCure is among the first contract manufacturing and development organizations (CDMO) to produce MSCs at this scale.

August 3, 2019

Local hospitals and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center have been receiving phone calls from community members asking if blood is needed to share with the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, and how to donate.

While the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has helped supply blood in the past to other communities facing mass casualty situations, at this point we have not had a request to provide blood to El Paso.

However, blood centers across the country have been reporting blood shortages this summer, and supplies are critically low in South Texas as well – a situation that leaves communities vulnerable in the case of trauma situations involving multiple injuries, and highlights the need for increased donations. 

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