South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, offers a variety of ways for you to stay connected with us. You can read our latest press releases or Annual Reports. Visit the Events Page to find out what’s coming up. You can watch a video clip from a newscast, view past events in the Photo Gallery or read industry news. For the social media enthusiast, the BioBridge family is known as “Connect for Life,” and can be found on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also visit the our official blog here.

Media is welcome to contact the Corporate Communications Department for more information. We offer:

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Corporate Communications
Phone: (210) 731-5519
Mobile: (210) 296-9026


Recent News Articles

Unprecedented lab capacity allows for rapid testing of asymptomatic “silent spreaders,” the key to re-opening schools and the economy.
September 17, 2020


Community Labs, a new nonprofit organization, has launched an innovative laboratory in San Antonio, changing how traditional COVID-19 testing is currently conducted by advances in speed, capacity, accuracy and price, along with a less invasive testing process. Inspired by the work of Scientists to Stop COVID-19 and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Community Labs will start with a capacity of 600 tests a day, scale to 12,000 tests a day, and have the potential to scale significantly in the near future. 

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center seeks 500 donations per day
September 10, 2020

The blood supply in South Texas has reached critically low levels, declining to around half of what is needed to adequately serve patients throughout the region.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of San Antonio-based non-profit BioBridge Global, urgently needs 500 donations per day through Monday to re-build the supply.  

The shortfall comes at a time when collections normally are rising, the start of the new school year. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, universities are not hosting blood drives and there is only one high school drive scheduled during September. 

There are only 60 blood drives scheduled this month, compared to 200 in September of last year, as businesses and other organizations also have canceled drives because of the pandemic. 

New Emergency Use Authorization could make COVID-19 therapy more readily available to coronavirus patients
August 25, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration has changed the status of COVID-19 convalescent plasma therapy from a clinical trial to an Emergency Use Authorization.

The change should provide faster and easier access to the therapy by waiving some regulatory requirements before hospitalized patients with COVID-19 can receive transfusions of convalescent plasma.

Convalescent plasma is donated by those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection and still have antibodies to COVID-19 in their blood. It is transfused to current patients, possibly providing passive immunity via anti-COVID antibodies.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is the only organization in San Antonio collecting convalescent plasma donations and distributing them to local and area hospitals. The community blood center began collections as part of a clinical trial being conducted by the Mayo Clinic.

Blood & Tissue Center Foundation online event provides information, rationale for donating
August 20, 2020

The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation’s “Voices of Hope” webinar series demonstrated the value of COVID-19 convalescent plasma for an online audience recently.

“Providing Hope: The Role of Convalescent Plasma in the Battle Against COVID-19” featured News 4 San Antonio anchor Delaine Mathieu as the moderator and included Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center; and community leaders Gordon Hartman and Paul Basaldua.

August 15, 2020

Hi! I’m Susan Smith, the manager of our Grief Support and Life Legacies program at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.  

During these unprecedented times, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I want you to know that I’m thinking about you.  

Grief is a complicated journey anytime, but ongoing social distancing and stay at home precautions makes it even more challenging. The longing for a hug, the wanting to physically BE with others who “get it” is real—it hurts to go without these connections.  

You are NOT alone.