Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center first in the US to launch eDelphyn

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has launched eDelphyn, the next generation of blood banking software. 

Though eDelphyn’s innovative system has been used internationally for automated blood management processes, the Houston-based blood center is the first in the US to implement the software. As a result, the system, developed by GPI USA, has been revamped from the ground up to meet US Food and Drug Administration regulations. 

“Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s dedication to instilling control and quality in everything they do is reassuring to their community that the blood supply is in very good hands. We are looking forward to a continued partnership on improvements to our applications for the many years to come,” said Jeff Everett, VP Customer Operations at GPI USA.

The system’s simplicity is what first attracted Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to the software. The blood banking industry is a niche market, and there are few software options. 

“Over the last three years, we’ve worked with GPI USA to rebuild its software into a system that is user-friendly, adaptable and specifically created to meet our needs,” said Bart Block, Associate Vice President, Management Information Systems. 

One of the biggest challenges in adapting the software to meet FDA standards was identifying donors because social security numbers are private. GPI USA developed an algorithm to identify duplicate donor accounts and will continue to update eDelphyn to capture changes that will occur in the industry over the years.

As Gulf Coast Blood Center continues to grow its client testing services, eDelphyn includes a laboratory information system designed to integrate all of the center’s processes.

“At the end of the day, when the new system is fully utilized, eDelphyn will better help us meet our mission of saving lives,” Block said, “and that’s the most important factor as we upgrade our technology.”

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration. For more information or to help save lives, visit giveblood.org. 

ImpactLife: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center announces name change

New name unites Blood Center’s four-state service region under a single identity
(May 3, 2021 | Davenport, Iowa) – In a change that will align its employees, donors, and volunteers of its four-state service region under a single identity, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is changing its name to ImpactLife. READ MORE

Blood Centers of America Recognizes Outstanding Partners During the COVID-19 Pandemic With Critical Infusion Award

WEST WARWICK, R.I., April 21, 2021 – Citing exceptional efforts and partnership, Blood Centers of America (BCA) is recognizing 10 of its supply partners with the newly announced Critical Infusion Award, for helping to overcome the unique challenges the pandemic posed to the blood and plasma donation field.

BCA works with hundreds of suppliers that all kept the supply chain moving during critical months of the pandemic, but recipients of the Critical Infusion Award stood out for going above and beyond to solve logistics, testing and equipment supply challenges. Thanks to these suppliers, BCA was able to help facilitate/coordinate collections and help ensure that COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) was available for use in treating patients with the virus —while helping to maintain a secure and stable supply of blood and plasma for hospitals. READ MORE

LA JOLLA MOM IN NEED OF DONATIONS FROM THOSE WITH EXTREMELY RARE BLOOD TYPE


SAN DIEGO (January 25, 2021) – La Jolla resident and mother of three, Stacie Buechel was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and needs blood transfusions as part of her treatment, but her situation is complicated because she has a rare blood type. Stacie needs blood from donors who have A+ (A positive), O- (O negative) or O+ (O positive) blood that also lacks a protein called Kpb. Less than 1% of the population have this type of blood.


More information on Stacie’s story can be found here

Anyone who would like to donate blood in Stacie’s name can visit any San Diego Blood Bank donation location or mobile drive and note the donation code ESSB when registering.


San Diego Blood Bank is currently antibody testing each blood donation as part of their regular testing panel to qualify donations for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Visit sandiegobloodbank.org/COVID19 for more information. Please note: As this is NOT a diagnostic test, it will not detect active COVID-19 infections or recent exposure.


To be eligible to donate blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. Appointments are required and available by visiting sandiegobloodbank.org or by calling (619) 400-8251.


About San Diego Blood Bank
SDBB is dedicated to community health by providing a reliable supply of blood to patients in need. Our vision is to further ensure the health of our community by simultaneously delivering related health and wellness education and services and extending into research. SDBB is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services. SDBB currently operates six local donor centers and 10 bloodmobiles. SDBB’s Cell Therapy Program provides lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide. For more information about SDBB, visit www.SanDiegoBloodBank.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

OBI Receives Instrument Grant to Advance Cancer-Fighting Research

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Oklahoma Blood Institute Receives $50,000 Grant from Presbyterian Health Foundation to Purchase Flow Cytometer

to Advance Research Projects

OBI Advancing Cell Therapies to Help Fight Cancer

January 13, 2021 (OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) has received a generous $50,000 grant from Presbyterian Health Foundation to purchase sophisticated equipment to advance research into cell-based therapy for cancer patients.

With the granted funds, OBI will purchase the Attune NxT Acoustic Focusing Cytometer from ThermoFisher Scientific, which will be used to identify donors with certain types of cells needed for new cellular therapies.

“Oklahoma Blood Institute is more than just a community blood bank, they are a recognized biotech innovator,” said PHF President and Chair, Tom R. Gray, III. “We are proud to support the work of OBI in securing state-of-the-art technology, ultimately giving Oklahomans who are fighting cancer a better chance of survival.”

Through pilot experiments, Dr. Jennifer Chain, Ph.D. – scientific director of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Research and Development Laboratory – identified a unique subset of cancer-fighting cells in the blood of certain blood donors. With the Attune Nxt instrument, she will identify blood donors who carry these specialized cells and decipher the detailed characteristics needed to harness their cancer-fighting properties.

As the largest bio-tech firm in the Oklahoma City metro, Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) works closely with scientists in developing cutting-edge treatments– connecting blood donors and blood products directly to the research and development of cellular therapies. OBI has become a national leader among community blood centers in promoting the development of regenerative medicine and new treatments for cancer.

“Presbyterian Health Foundation remains steadfastly committed to funding medical research initiatives with the end-goal of improving patient care,” said PHF Grants and Programs Officer, April Stuart. “We are excited to follow Dr. Chain’s discoveries as she utilizes this new tool in her laboratory at OBI.”

The Attune NxT works up to ten times faster than other technologies currently available. Its acoustic focusing and clog-prevention technologies enable the analysis and counting of rare cells in the blood, while maintaining high-quality data collection.

“Adding the Attune NxT advances our ability to analyze how certain blood cells grow and fight tumor cells, using two lasers to detect up to seven different fluorescent dyes,” said Dr. Chain. “Additional lasers can be added to the instrument in the future, which will only increase our potential for more advanced cellular research.”

The instrument will also be used to analyze stem cells that can be programmed to grow new tissue and heal wounds. Dr. Chain’s research into mesenchymal stromal cells – a population of stem cells found in bone marrow – will be advanced through the use of this sophisticated instrument.

“Presbyterian Health Foundation’s support will give patients the opportunity to receive revolutionary cellular therapies,” said Charles Mooney, vice president of Quality Management and New Business Ventures at Oklahoma Blood Institute. “As cellular therapies change and grow, OBI is grateful that grants such as this allow us to further harness the giving spirit of our blood donors and play an essential role in the rapidly advancing fight against cancer.”

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Oklahoma Blood Institute is the 6th-largest independent blood center in the nation, providing more than 90% of Oklahoma’s blood supply to over 160 hospitals and medical facilities. For more information, visit obi.org.

Presbyterian Health Foundation (PHF) is an Oklahoma City based private foundation that provides grants to accelerate the journey of scientific discovery from ideas to innovations that save and enhance life. Since 1985, PHF has awarded over $170 million to biotechnology and medical research organizations in Oklahoma with an emphasis on the Oklahoma Health Center. For more information, please visit phfokc.com.                                           

Pioneering San Antonio COVID-19 Lab to Test Thousands of People Per Day to Create COVID-19 Safety Zones

(San Antonio, TX – Sept. 17, 2020) Community Labs, a new nonprofit organization, has launched an innovative laboratory in San Antonio, changing how traditional COVID-19 testing is currently conducted by advances in speed, capacity, accuracy and price, along with a less invasive testing process. Inspired by the work of Scientists to Stop COVID-19 and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Community Labs will start with a capacity of 600 tests a day, scale to 10,000-12,000 tests a day, and have the potential to scale significantly in the near future. READ MORE

GOVERNOR STITT DONATES CONVALESCENT PLASMA, ISSUES CALL TO OKLAHOMANS WHO’VE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19

Gov. Stitt recently made a plasma donation at the Oklahoma Blood Institute donor center in Enid.

“One donation can provide lifesaving plasma for up to four people,” said Gov. Stitt. “Donating convalescent plasma is the easiest way Oklahomans who have recovered from COVID-19 can help their friends and neighbors and I urge everyone to make an appointment and join the fight.” READ MORE