BloodCenter of Wisconsin launches breakthrough FDA approved leukemia test

BCW and Abbott Laboratories’ collaboration will help to advance personalized medicine by better identifying patients that could benefit from new FDA approved medication

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Diagnostic Laboratories, part of Versiti, is the first to offer testing using Abbott Laboratories’ RealTime IDH2 assay that identifies specific gene mutations in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). BloodCenter’s breakthrough offering, which follows Abbott’s recent approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, helps to deliver new and more effective treatments to patients with relapsed and refractory AML.

BloodCenter’s test, IDH2 Abbott RealTime PCR, is more sensitive to detecting the IDH2 genetic mutation found in patients’ blood and bone marrow samples. The method detects single nucleotide variants (SNVs) coding nine IDH2 R140 and R172 mutations in patients’ DNA. With a five-day turnaround time, this test helps identify AML patients that could benefit from new treatments, including the recently FDA approved drug called IDHIFA®.

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 21,000 people will be diagnosed with AML this year and more than 10,000 patients will die due to the disease. Between 8 percent and 19 percent of AML patients have IDH2 mutations.

“This new test is an exciting addition to BloodCenter’s molecular oncology diagnostics portfolio. Through our collaboration with Abbott, we can continue to help provide better treatment options and outcomes for AML patients,” said Dr. Matthew Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., VP and medical director of the Diagnostic Laboratories at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. “This test will help physicians to provide more customized treatment for patients, and is another example of how BloodCenter is advancing precision medicine in our areas of expertise.”

About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., that specializes in blood services, esoteric diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and stem cell donation, medical services and leading-edge research. We advance patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. The collective efforts of Versiti affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit and .

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(CINCINNATI – AUGUST 10, 2017) After more than three decades in the field of blood banking, Hoxworth Blood Center Medical Director, Patricia “Chris” Carey, MD, is calling it a career.

Dr. Carey began that career at Hoxworth Blood Center in 1983, serving a one-year fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and continued to quickly advance, serving in roles such as Associate Medical Director from 1984 – 1990 and her current position as Medical Director, which she assumed in 1997. In addition to her work at Hoxworth Blood Center, Dr. Carey is also an integral member of the College of Medicine faculty.  Carey serves as a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the College of Medicine, and Program Director of Fellowship in Transfusion/Blood Banking; as well as Transfusion Service Director at University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Read more click 2017_DrCareyRetirement


West Warwick, RI, July 20, 2017– Blood Centers of America (BCA) announced today that New York Blood Center (NYBC) has joined its network of blood and source plasma collection centers.
BCA is a national, member-owned network of over 50 independent blood centers – each of which has a singular focus of providing high-quality blood products for patients in their communities. As one of the largest independent community-based blood centers in the world, NYBC will expand BCA’s share of the total U.S. blood supply to nearly 40 percent.
“New York Blood Center’s commitment to quality blood products, innovative research and transfusion medicine leadership make them an ideal member of BCA,” said John Armitage, M.D., Chairman of BCA. “We are excited to add New York Blood Center’s unique services and expertise to our own, and collaborate to serve more communities across the country.”READ MORE>>


(CINCINNATI, April 17, 2017)— Ronald Sacher, MD, director of Hoxworth Blood Center, has been named the 2018 president-elect of the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA). Founded in 1884, the ACCA is the oldest medical society in the United States. ‘Climatological’ refers to the fact that climate was a key factor in the treatment of tuberculosis, a major health problem when the society was formed. Read more >>Sacher ACCA president-elect

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BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Fresenius Kabi collaborate in first-of-its-kind pilot to track blood digitally

Milwaukee, Wis., — February 6, 2017 — BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, and Fresenius Kabi, have launched a pilot program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin using radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to digitally track blood usage and inventory. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is the first pediatric hospital in the country to use RFID in the area of transfusion medicine, the hospital said. Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition.

The project involves the use of specialized RFID tags applied to blood bags prior to shipment to hospitals. These tags can be tracked automatically as the blood moves through the hospital, and to the point at which it is used to treat patients. This process allows for real-time information designed to help health care professionals optimize the availability of their blood supply.

The use of RFID allows for the sharing of blood component inventory data easily and quickly between blood centers and hospitals.
“This innovative approach to tracking our hospital’s blood supply will provide visibility to the location, usage and inventory status of our blood products,” said Jason Jarzembowski, MD, PhD, medical director of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin laboratory. “We can better manage our blood supply and plan for what is needed – optimizing the use of the life-saving gifts by blood donors.”
The RFID technology electronically tracks the blood from the time it leaves BloodCenter of Wisconsin, to the hospital’s transfusion service area, and on to use of the products. Children’s Hospital and BloodCenter can jointly look at the movement of products to better inform immediate need and inventory status.
“Getting the right blood products to the right patient more efficiently helps to reduce costs, which is a critical priority in health care today,” said Dean Gregory, president, Medical Devices, for Fresenius Kabi in North America. “We call this technology ‘CompoTrace’ and it’s designed specifically to help improve the vital supply chain of care between blood centers, hospitals and patients.”

The CompoTrace pilot program at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital began in October 2016 and will conclude in February 2017. Fresenius Kabi is planning similar projects at other hospitals in 2017.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin spearheaded the use of RFID technology in non-pediatric transfusion medicine environments in 2006 under a National Institutes of Health grant.

About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, organ, tissue and marrow donation, diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the exclusive provider of blood to hospitals in 30 Wisconsin counties, as well as to hospitals and patients across the country. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit

About Versiti
Versiti is a strategic affiliation of successful health care organizations whose vision is to improve the health of patients as the national leader in innovative transfusion solutions for health care systems. Working together, Versiti offers hospitals a more comprehensive range of services, including transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cell and cellular therapies, hematology, oncology and genomics. At Versiti, they are passionate about improving the lives of their patients and hospital partners. Versiti’s expertise and resources lead to new products, solutions and services to meet patient and hospital needs. For more information, visit

About Fresenius Kabi
Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes in medicine and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. The company’s product and services are used to help care for critically and chronically ill patients. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Lake Zurich, Illinois. The company’s global headquarters is in Bad Homburg, Germany. For more information about Fresenius Kabi in the United States, please visit

About Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is an independent health care system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of children. The hospital, with locations in Milwaukee and Neenah, Wisconsin, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is ranked in all 10 specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers.