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Recent News Articles

Just One Month After Announcement, QualTex Implements Changes
August 22, 2018
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QualTex Laboratories is up and running with new guidance for testing blood donations for the Zika virus, just weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued revised recommendations for blood centers.

In July, the FDA distributed a Guidance for Industry permitting the use of “minipool” testing for Zika, in which samples from a small group of donors are combined and tested for the presence of Zika virus antibodies. Since Zika testing began in 2016, all donations had been required to be tested individually.

The new minipool Zika method began at QualTex Laboratories facilities in San Antonio and Norcross, Georgia, on Aug. 16. QualTex performs blood testing for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), as well as blood and plasma centers throughout the United States.

July 12, 2018
Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board

BioBridge Global today announced the formation of a new Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board, composed of industry leaders with a wide range of scientific, product development and business experience, to support the organization’s continued growth in regenerative medicine.  

BioBridge Global provides a wide range of blood, tissue and cellular source materials, products and services through its three operating entities: GenCure, QualTex Laboratories and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. These include blood and tissue collection, processing and distribution, biological testing, process engineering and biomanufacturing.

The initial members of the BioBridge Global Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board are:

July 3, 2018

By Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngavmmtikul

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Cen­ter, working in conjunction with regional medical helicopter providers and the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council, has launched a new program for emergency transfusions called "Brothers in Arms."

The program, which has the potential to dramatically change trauma care in this country, began earlier this year. It provides specially tested whole blood for transfu­sion use in 18 medical helicopters, as research has shown whole-blood transfusions are better than pRBC or com­ponent therapy at countering blood loss, dramatically improving survival rates.

‘Brothers in Arms’ program brings battlefield advances to civilian trauma care; Future expansion of initiative could help save more lives in mass-casualty situations
January 26, 2018
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South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, today launched a program to aid accident and trauma patients served by area air medical services and hospital helicopters. The program, “Brothers in Arms,” will enable air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood, proven to counter blood loss and dramatically improve survival rates when tested in battlefield situations.

San Antonio is one of the first cities to implement the system, which is based on a battlefield transfusion program developed by the U.S. military and later adapted at the Mayo Clinic trauma center. The 75th Ranger Regiment “O Low-Titer Whole Blood Program” was the recipient of the Army’s Greatest Innovation Award in 2017

Timeline illustrates why it’s critical to have blood on the shelves before disaster strikes, especially during the holidays when blood donations decline
December 14, 2017
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It’s a common response following natural disasters, mass casualties and other tragedies: The need for blood spurs donors to line up at blood centers across the country.

But what’s required to get those donations to patients who need them?

The answers are in a new infographic and accompanying video produced by BioBridge Global, the parent organization of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC).

“Donor to Patient: 24 Hours to Save a Life” demonstrates the process from the donation, when about a pint is collected from a donor, through processing, testing and delivery for transfusion. As the title implies, the process from donation to availability for patients takes about 24 hours.

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