Research champions come in many forms. Not all of them wear white coats and goggles. Some have never even stepped foot in a lab, held a pipette, or know what an assay is. These unsung, anonymous research champions are our blood donors.
To honor their critical contributions to medical research, we’ll be introducing you to a series of donors who’ve made exceptional contributions to science. This week, we highlight one of our regular donors, Donor #398 as you may know her.
A Mom on a Mission
As a single mom of two, Donor #398 is a chef, chauffeur, and champion for her kids, among other things, but she had a life-long interest in medical research. Although her career path didn’t take her in the scientific direction, she wanted to help out in any way she could.
So in April 2018, she decided to become a blood donor and officially became known as Donor #398. We were first introduced to her by the print shop she works at. After seeing our marketing materials about the various immune cell products we distribute to academic and pharmaceutical research labs across the world, she was intrigued and asked to be introduced to us.
She is genuinely fascinated by what her cells have the ability to do in the hands of the right people, so she follows up with us regularly to learn about what her cells are doing in the lab. For her, this is a new way of making a difference in healthcare.
A Donor in High Demand
From a scientific perspective, she is a fantastic donor — not just because of the frequency with which she donates, but because of the characteristics of her cells. She is a healthy individual taking no medications, and because she has the common HLA-A*02:01 allele, her cells are very popular among our customers.
She also has the V/V genotype for Fc gamma RIII alpha, making her cells a great choice for assays of antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC).
Her donations have helped us produce PBMC, CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells, NK cells, dendritic cells, and the anti-WT1 specific T cell line. You can also see the cells currently available in our inventory from Donor 398.
She is so concerned and considerate of her donated cells that she even contacted us before getting a measles vaccination and tetanus booster to verify that these would not impact her ability to donate. (For the record, they do not as long as you wait the required amount of time between vaccination and donation).
Are You Ready to Take Action?
If you live in the Memphis, TN; Seattle, WA; or Lowell, MA areas, click the button below to learn if you qualify to be a donor and how you can donate at a location near you. The process is shorter and easier than you may think.
You will be directed to our partner website, Key Biologics, for more information on becoming a blood donor.