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Recent News Articles

September 26, 2016

Longtime biomedical industry executive Martin Landon has been named chief executive officer of BioBridge Global (BBG), the nonprofit organization that oversees and supports the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The announcement was made today by BBG Board Chair Mike Kreager. 

Landon will join BBG on Oct. 1 and, to ensure a smooth leadership transition, will work with current CEO Linda Myers through the end of the month, Kreager said.  In July, Myers announced plans to retire from the organization.

September 2, 2016

A new dedicated management team is in place to oversee growing operations at QualTex’s Atlanta laboratories.

Leading the Atlanta team is Steven Beeler, Vice President of Laboratory Operations, who brings more than 15 years of blood banking and laboratory experience to the position.  Steve has managed technical, regulatory and administrative operations for the American Red Cross and other organizations.

Marc Douglass is filling the new position of Senior Director of Strategic Operations in Atlanta. Marc has an extensive background in process improvement and strategy development as a project manager and certified Six Sigma Black Belt for Quest Diagnostics and other healthcare industry leaders.   

July 12, 2016

As part of its commitment to ensuring the safest blood supply possible, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has begun testing blood donations for the Zika virus. STBTC is one of only a handful of blood centers in the nation currently testing for Zika.

“We believe this is the best way to safeguard the people of South Texas who need blood transfusions,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of STBTC. “Taking a precautionary approach will optimize patient safety and help maintain blood availability for everyone.”

Testing for the Zika virus is being done by QualTex Laboratories, which like STBTC is a subsidiary of San Antonio-based nonprofit BioBridge Global, with testing labs here and in Norcross, Georgia. Zika testing is being done in the QualTex labs in Georgia, because of space and capacity requirements for the testing equipment.

April 25, 2016

Community and health care leaders appealed to South Texans to donate blood for multiple reasons on April 25.

Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, joined Mayor Ivy Taylor, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and officials from San Antonio Metro Health Department, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Air Force on the steps of City Hall.

April 13, 2016

The last major outbreak of the Zika virus is helping scientists establish what they believe is a tie between the virus and a relatively rare neurological disorder.

From October 2013 to April 2014, approximately 32,000 people – two-thirds of the population of French Polynesia – consulted a doctor about a suspected infection of the Zika virus. Of those, 42 were diagnosed with the neurological condition known as Guillain-Barré syndrome.

In the United States and Europe, Guillain-Barré typically affects 1-2 people per 100,000 population. It usually is triggered by an infection like herpes, influenza of dengue, and it is fatal in about 5 percent of the cases.

Of the patients diagnosed with Guillain-Barré in French Polynesia, 88 percent had experienced symptoms of a Zika virus infection approximately six days before the neurological symptoms appeared. All the patients had Zika virus antibodies in their blood.

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