The Military’s Organ and Tissue Banking

Armed with Science | J Tozer


Photo provided by LTC Luis M. Alvarez, Ph.D., United States Military Academy West Point, NY/Released)
Imagine no waiting lists for organ transplants.

According to leading scientists and surgeons in the field this reality may not be far away. For the first time ever, the DoD’s three innovation grant topics on banking beckon a revolution in the field.

Organ and tissue banking is a longstanding medical goal that has historically seen only incremental progress.

But with recent progress as a foundation and the new targeted government grants via the DoD’s three new small business innovation research (SBIR) programs on organ and tissue banking the needed breakthroughs might be within sight.

"The supply of tissues is one of the major constraints we face in transplantation medicine today, and organ banking technology would dramatically help resolve it. This is a major step forward in the field of transplantation,” said Harvard Medical School Professor Bohdan Pomahac.
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