ImmunoTek Plasma Adds Second Location in Indiana
National Biotechnology Company Selects Indianapolis for New Location
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--People in Indianapolis can soon help save lives by donating their blood plasma at a new donation center opening November 8, 2022. The new location is operated by ImmunoTek Plasma which has centers in 12 states and another Indiana location in Jeffersonville. Indianapolis is the 72nd center in the U.S. wholly designed, built, and operated by the organization, which is the largest independent blood plasma donation center operator in the world.
There is a worldwide demand for blood plasma, and the new Indianapolis center will help meet that need. The company has accepted more than six million donations from blood plasma donors since it launched in 2013. Those donations provide much-needed plasma used to make plasma protein therapies and medicines for healthcare patients around the globe. These plasma-derived medicines treat immune disorders, rare diseases, burn victims, cancer patients, and a variety of other illnesses. To treat just one patient annually requires between 130 – 1,200 plasma donations from healthy donors.
Plasma is the golden liquid part of blood and has such a unique biologic make-up, that it cannot be made synthetically. The U.S. provides 2/3 of the plasma used worldwide and is one of the few countries that allow healthcare companies to financially compensate donors for their time donating plasma, adding to the financial benefit to the local community.
“Healthcare-oriented jobs are created when donation center opens, as well as construction jobs when the center itself is built. Our donors receive compensation for the time they spend donating, which often provides stimulus to local businesses,” said Blair McKinney, Chief Operations Officer of ImmunoTek. “We anticipate the fully operational center will generate a $5 million economic benefit to Indianapolis. But the priceless benefit is the gift of life for those depending on plasma-based medicines for their quality of life.”
To be eligible to donate plasma, a medical screening is conducted by in-house medical professionals, along with a medical history and physical exam. Donating plasma is much like a blood donation. Plasma is removed from the blood through a safe, sterile, self-contained automated process called plasmapheresis. The remaining red blood cells are returned to the donor. Plasma can be donated up to twice a week.
“We educate the community about the importance of donating blood plasma. When people learn about how their plasma donation can help save lives, they are happy to roll up their sleeves and donate,” said Kimberly Wilson, manager of the new Indianapolis ImmunoTek center.
ImmunoTek Plasma’s new location is at 3859 West Washington Street in Indianapolis and will operate Tuesday – Saturday. Following the first week of operation, which is by appointment only, walk-in donors are welcome. If you need more information or want to make an appointment, call the center at 463-271-2650 or visit www.immunotek.com.
ABOUT IMMUNOTEK BIO CENTERS, LLC
ImmunoTek Bio Centers LLC is the largest and fastest-growing independent plasma collection center operator in the world. ImmunoTek is a global leader in developing a reliable plasma supply chain for international biotech companies, as well as partnering with organizations for ancillary projects related to blood-plasma collection. Since its inception in 2013, ImmunoTek has built and operated more than 70 plasma collection centers, most of which have achieved or are in the process of achieving U.S. FDA-licensure and European certification. ImmunoTek currently has centers operating in 12 states, with 31 additional centers in the construction process, and planning underway for more than 63 more sites over the next three years. For more information, visit www.ImmunoTek.com.
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