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November 14, 2019

The GenCure biomanufacturing facility at the VelocityTX complex should be fully operational by the first quarter of 2020, BioBridge Global CEO Marty Landon told members of The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation board of directors at their quarterly meeting on Nov. 11.

The opening would come less than a year after the groundbreaking at VelocityTX, which is refurbishing the Merchants Ice facilities east of downtown San Antonio as a biomedical innovation hub. Biomanufacturing is the next step in BioBridge Global’s ongoing support for advances in medical treatment, especially cellular therapies.

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November 14, 2019

For most people, a cancer diagnosis is about the most negative thing that can happen.

Dr. Richard Senelick isn’t most people.

“I have had many more positive things from having cancer, from going through chemo and having a transplant, than negative things,” the San Antonio-based neurologist told members of The Blood and Tissue Center Foundation board of directors at their November meeting.

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Dr. Senelick was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and he wound up having a stem cell transplant using his own modified cells as part of his treatment. He currently is in remission.

His treatment was similar to the hundreds of adult stem cell transplants GenCure helps make possible every year through its apheresis center and its donor recruitment programs.

One of the positives about going through chemotherapy, for example, was that it is the great equalizer.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center a sponsor of National Blood Foundation Run for Research
October 16, 2019
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The community is invited to support innovative medical research during the AABB’s National Blood Foundation (NBF) Run for ResearchSouth Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and its nonprofit parent, BioBridge Global, are official community partners of the event.

The 5K run/1-mile walk, which is also sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program, is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, starting at Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St.

The race is part of a series of NBF fundraisers for blood and cell therapy research. The event takes place during the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Iron supplement vouchers will now be made available to college students
September 24, 2019
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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and H-E-B are expanding a partnership launched last year designed to help replenish iron levels in young blood donors.

Beginning this semester, the program will include both high school students and college students 21 and younger. A voucher donated by H-E-B for a free 100-day supply of iron supplements will be given to college students at STBTC donor rooms or mobile college drives following their donations, along with a brochure on iron-rich foods.

“H-E-B is proud to support the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in continuing the iron supplement program,” said Julie Bedingfield, H-E-B Public Affairs Manager. “We hope these efforts will help to ensure the health and wellness of the generous South Texas donor community.”

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.”

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