Positioning a Blood Center to Grasp Biotech Opportunities

by Edward P. Scott, MD
Volume 3, Issue 2 (March/April 2004)

The modern age of blood transfusion began after the Second World War, as detailed in Douglas Starr’s book, Blood: An Epic History of Medicine and Commerce. During the war, it became apparent that early and aggressive medical treatment utilizing whole blood or plasma could increase the chances of survival for military personnel wounded in combat. In the United States, a national program to encourage blood donation was created to provide the needed blood, which was then shipped as whole blood or plasma to war zones. After the war, physicians were eager to apply surgical advances developed on and off the battlefield to the care of the general population. Because these advances relied on blood transfusion, for the public to realize their benefit, adequate supplies of whole blood and blood components needed to be available to hospitals across the country. This was often not the case…

Scott EP. Positioning a Blood Center to Grasp Biotech Opportunities. BioProcess J, 2004; 3(2): 59-63.