Blood Centers of America member, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, selected to provide CD34 cells to Zubair Abba of Mayo Clinic.

WEST WARWICK, Rhode Island
May, 2023

Blood Centers of America member LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, headquartered in Gainesville, Fla., was selected to provide umbilical cord blood-derived CD34 cells to Zubair Abba of Mayo Clinic in Florida for his research study aboard the International Space Station.

A spacecraft scheduled to launch from Kennedy Space Center later this month will carry the cryogenically preserved cells provided by LifeSouth to the International Space Station. Crew members on board will thaw the cells and seed them into specialized hardware to assess their expansion functions and characteristics.

About Blood Centers of America
 Blood Centers of America (BCA) is a member-owned organization comprised of over 50 independent blood centers throughout the North America, representing nearly 40% of the U.S. blood supply. Along with their core business of providing a substantial portion of U.S. blood supply, other BCA member services include patient blood management, transfusion services, immunohematology testing, therapeutic apheresis and tissue and cord blood banking. In addition, BCA members provide a variety of human blood products, cells and tissues to the therapeutic, diagnostic and cell therapy industries.