BioLinked, a startup founded by Our Blood Institute, partners with Scripps Research in expanding the national All of Us Research Program

The award enables BioLinked to expand and support the program’s growing blood center network.
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2023
Oklahoma City, OK— Announced today, BioLinked, a startup founded by Our Blood
Institute (OBI), is joining Scripps Research’s nationwide consortium of partners working
together to build one of the largest, most diverse health research databases of its kind.
The initial funding of $7.1 million will support BioLinked’s work to enroll and engage blood
centers partners and participants in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research
Program, with the potential to renew the award every year for four years.
The All of Us Research Program is a historic effort to engage one million diverse
participants from across the United States with goals to accelerate research and improve
health equity.
“To truly advance research, we must ensure that our studies reflect the diversity of the
populations we aim to serve. Thus, no one is left behind in the pursuit of better
healthcare,” said the subaward’s principal investigator, BioLinked Executive Director Brad
Bryan, Ph.D. MBA. “I am grateful and exhilarated to support the All of Us Research
Project’s noble initiative to expand the representation of underrepresented groups in
biomedical research.”
As the parent organization for BioLinked, OBI will be the first blood center to join as a
partner under BioLinked’s subaward through Scripps. OBI is at the forefront of blood
center innovation. For decades, OBI has advanced the science of blood banking by
conducting research, developing innovative technology solutions and most recently,
connecting potential research participants with clinical studies.
“We are honored to be a part of this groundbreaking effort by the NIH to accelerate
health research through our partnership with Scripps Research,” said OBI CEO, Dr. John
Armitage. “By joining the All of Us Research Program, our blood donors and drive sponsors
will surely be excited by this new opportunity that facilitates an understanding of how
biology, lifestyle, and environment affect human health.”
With 16 donor centers across Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas, Our Blood Institute is the
sixth-largest independent blood center in the nation and serves as the nonprofit blood
provider for patients at more than 240 hospitals and medical facilities.
BioLinked connects extraordinary blood donors with the world’s most promising research
by combining a novel, community-based software platform with the strength of lasting
relationships with biomedical organizations, blood centers, and ideally matched
participants and donors.
BioLinked and Scripps Research are funded by National Institutes of Health
Award: OT2OD035580.
For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Massey, Head of Marketing & Communications
405.822.8587 | Jennifer.Massey@Bio-Linked.org
Our Blood Institute
Kerrie Booher, Communications Director
405.297.5824 | Kerrie.Booher@obi.org
Scripps Research
Anna Andersen, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications
858.784.2074 | aanders@scripps.edu
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