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September 17, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
Learn More about the Myth & Mystery of RhD at AABB Annual Meeting.
Why is RhD such a mystery? What is its clinical significance? And how do you select and qualify Anti-D reagents accurately? Don't miss Quotient Biodiagnostics' updated sessions led by Christine Lomas-Francis, Susan T. Johnson and Joyce Poole.
Walk out with tips you can use — every day. Oct 8, 7:00 - 8:15 am, Room 156A-C.
Click here for last year's presentations.

  Science & Health 
  • Extracellular matrix helps stem cells regrow muscle
    Marine Sgt. Ron Strang, whose left thigh was damaged by a bomb in Afghanistan, was able to walk normally again after the implantation of extracellular matrix that helped him regrow muscle. The matrix was developed from pig tissue and breaks down in the body, where it directs a patient's stem cells to start to build muscle. Strang is one of the first patients in a trial that aims to eventually treat 80 people. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Albuvirtide seems to allow once-weekly dosing for HIV patients
    Weekly IV therapy with albuvirtide, an experimental cell-fusion inhibitor, may be well-tolerated by HIV patients, according to the preliminary results of a midstage study. Researchers said all but one of six participants given a 160-milligram dose showed a decline in viral load in accordance with the study's goal. MedPage Today (free registration) (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service wishes to advise suppliers of Primary Sample Tubes of call for tender. In order to receive more details about this tender and how to participate, prospective suppliers should email
by 2:00pm AEST Friday 21st September 2012.

  Hot Topics 

Top five news stories selected by AABB SmartBrief readers in the past week.

  • Results based on number of times each story was clicked by readers.
NEW! ELUclear red cell elution kit from Hemo bioscience
The Hemo bioscience ELUclear kit combines clear end-point color change technology with many unique convenience features. ELUclear is the only elution kit validated for use with MTS gel cards. Contact us today for details on how to receive a free evaluation kit, custom reagent rack, and discounted pricing.

  Emerging Trends 
  • "Good Morning America" anchor puts spotlight on marrow transplants
    Robin Roberts of ABC's "Good Morning America" revealed in June that she would receive a bone marrow transplant for the rare blood condition myelodysplastic syndrome. The National Marrow Donor Program's Be The Match said that around 40,000 people have joined the registry since June, which is more than a 50% increase from the usual rate. The group also has been helped by sales and visibility of awareness wristbands worn by Roberts and fellow anchors. USA TODAY (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers use stereolithography method to create 3D blood vessels
    Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, used a new technique called dynamic optical projection stereolithography to develop a network of 3D blood vessels from a biocompatible gel. A micromirror prototype uses light to solidify photosensitive liquid biogel in seconds. Researchers expect the development to improve procedures for culturing and differentiating tissues in the lab. DailyTech/Blog (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
An Innovative Umbilical Cord Tissue Processing Methodology
Cryopreservation of Wharton's jelly dissociated mononuclear cells rather than in situ cord tissue results in a quality cellular therapy product with many advantages compared to existing practices and complements cord blood banking with mesenchymal and vascular endothelial progenitor cells. Click here for more information.

  Industry News & Practice 
CareerLink Job Board at the AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO
Post a job on CareerLink now (minimum 30 day posting) and automatically receive a FREE posting on the CareerLink Job Board onsite at the 2012 AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO. This job board will be placed in a very high traffic area in AABB Central. As always, candidates can post their resumes online for FREE.

  Government & Regulatory 
  • PrimeraDx wins EU approval for PCR system and C. difficile test
    PrimeraDx has obtained CE mark approval in Europe to market the ICEPlex PCR technology and its accompanying test for Clostridium difficile. The company said the ICEPlex system can run 96 samples in real time and can generate results on as many as 60 targets per test sample in 2.5 hours. (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Where the health law's Medicare payment cuts will be felt
    A study published by the University of Minnesota lays out county-by-county effects of Medicare payment reductions under the Affordable Care Act. The study lists the eight states that will bear the biggest brunt of the cuts: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • CDC recommends malaria chemoprophylaxis, AABB requires deferral for travelers to Laconia region of Greece
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending, until further notice, that travelers visiting the agricultural areas of Evrotas in the Laconia region of southern Greece take malaria chemoprophylaxis. This recommendation is specific to the Laconia region, as malaria is not considered to be endemic to Greece. Learn more (AABB Members only). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Transfusion Safety CoordinatorPacific Diagnostic Laboratories, LLCUS - CA - Santa Barbara
Quality SpecialistBlood Systems, Inc.US - TX - Lubbock
Regional Quality DirectorBlood Systems, Inc.US - NM - Albuquerque
Laboratory Operations ManagerCascade Regional Blood ServicesUS - WA - Tacoma
Blood Bank Laboratory Supervisor (MT/ASCP) – 2nd ShiftUnited Blood ServicesUS - AZ - Scottsdale
Medical Technologist – Blood Bank (Fulltime)Kaiser PermanenteUS - HI - Honolulu
Director Of Sales and ServiceBlood Bank Computer Systems, Inc. (BBCS)US - WA - Auburn
CEO - Central Ohio RegionAmerican Red CrossUS - OH - Columbus
Quality Control TechnologistLifeStreamUS - CA
CEO - Great Lakes RegionAmerican Red CrossUS - MI - Lansing
CEO - Western Lake ErieAmerican Red CrossUS - OH - Toledo
Reference TechnologistLifeStreamUS - CA - San Bernardino
Country Director - AngolaAABBAGO - Nationwide
Reference Lab Supervisor.Heartland Blood CentersUS - IL - Aurora
Cellular Therapy Consultant (Full-time staff position)AABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Director, Patient Blood ManagementAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Laboratory Manager-Serology LabBaxter Healthcare (BioLife Plasma Services)US - AL - Hoover
Marketing Manager, Cellular TherapiesAABBUS - MD
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