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Recent News Articles

October 23, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), through its GenCure affiliate, has established a research collaboration agreement with San Antonio-based StemBioSys, Inc. to provide mononuclear cells from clinical grade human umbilical cord blood (hUCB) to StemBioSys for research and development use.

StemBioSys will utilize the hUCB stem cells to further evaluate the use of its patented extracellular matrix technology for the isolation and expansion of a rare subset of stem cells found in hUCB. Previous research performed by StemBioSys co-founder Dr. Xiao-Dong Chen has indicated that these cells contain properties indicative of a primordial stem cell population with a broad range of potential use in stem cell research, drug development and therapeutic applications.

October 3, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - As we enter into October, we continue to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and once again wish to reach out to Hispanics and others to be potential blood donors. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has a longstanding tradition of actively encouraging the Hispanic community to give the gift of life.

Considering the large Hispanic community STBTC serves, they are in a unique life-saving situation because more than 50 percent carry O type blood, which is the most frequently requested by hospitals. However, less than six percent of eligible Hispanics donate. In the short amount of time it takes to donate, a donor can help to save up to three lives.

Visit a mobile blood drive or a fixed site in your area to help local hospital patients.

October 1, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - QualTex Laboratories (QualTex) shows it continues to grow by announcing it has been selected by Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) to perform its infectious disease testing for whole blood and platelet components.  The samples will be analyzed at QualTex's newest facility located in Norcross, Georgia, which is closer in proximity to KBC, and advances QualTex's presence in that region.

 "Supporting Kentucky Blood Center with its critical blood testing needs is part of our mission in ensuring public safety. QualTex currently offers progressive, customizable testing solutions for a number of its clients," said Linda Myers, President and Chief Operating Officer for QualTex. QualTex, which is currently the nation's largest, independent donor screening laboratory for whole blood and source plasma products continues to expand its services nationally and globally.

September 17, 2012

SAN ANTONIO – In September 2011, five-year-old Nolan Naranjo from San Benito, TX, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a bone marrow disease that puts patients at risk for life-threatening infections or bleeding.* After months of failed treatment, Naranjo has turned to the Be The Match marrow registry to find a lifesaving donor. To help find his match, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is partnering with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) to host an employee marrow registration.

WHAT:            Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Marrow Registration
WHEN:            Wednesday, Sept. 19
                         7am – 7pm (media interviews from 10am – 11am)
WHERE:          Bexar County Adult Detention Center – In the GetAway Café
                         200 N. Comal, San Antonio, TX 78207

June 7, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - Shortages of blood types happen during summertime. With a dip in donations over the recent Memorial Day weekend, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is working hard to maintain the community blood supply at adequate levels for the tough summer ahead.

"Blood and platelet donors are needed now and throughout the summer. With schools closed and families vacationing, lifesaving donations are needed to ensure that blood products, a vital resource to patients every day, are readily available," said Mary Beth Fisk, President and COO for STBTC. "Since students make up 23% of STBTC’s donor base, we are looking to recruit community members who may not have considered donation before. Usage is constant in the hospitals and clinics we serve; therefore, we must continue to encourage the community to donate."

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