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Growing demand for blood, along with more ineligible donors, puts strain on local blood supply
January 7, 2020

Just seven days into the new year, blood donations in South Texas are already 400 donations behind goal, leaving the community with less than a half-day supply of blood available for patients in area hospitals. 

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is asking the community to make 2,160 donations of blood and platelets by Friday, Jan. 10, to end the shortage. A swell of donors pushed the center close to its holiday goal the last two weeks of December, but demand has continued to grow. In fact, the need for blood was 10% higher in the last month of 2019 than the final month of 2018.

With local schools and businesses still on holiday, there were no blood drives scheduled in three of the first seven days of the month, putting a dramatic strain on the blood supply. In addition, the blood center is seeing an increase in the number of donors who are ineligible to give blood. 

South Texas Blood & Tissue issues emergency appeal for donations to boost dangerously low inventories and meet growing patient needs
December 11, 2019
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Although the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has collected 9% more blood during 2019 than in 2018, the rising demand for blood is exceeding collections, leaving the region with dangerously low inventories, according to Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Waltman.

“This month we have shipped 12% more blood to hospitals than we have collected,” Waltman said. “Without a significant increase in blood donations, hospitals may have to review each transfusion situation to focus on the most critical needs, delaying transfusions in some cases. With the holidays approaching, we need to get ahead of the situation, because collections typically decline, but patients’ needs do not.” 

While all blood types are needed, the demand is especially high for type O-negative donors. O-negative donors make up just 7% of the population, but because O-negative blood can be used for any patient in an emergency,12% of the orders from South Texas hospitals are O negative.

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.

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