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

Big Lou's Pizza event leads to 187 donations
January 26, 2017

The highly successful blood drive at San Antonio’s Big Lou’s Pizza has earned national recognition in PMQ Pizza Magazine.

The article, “Big Lou’s Draws Crowds with Bloody Good Fundraiser,” was posted this week on the magazine’s website.

A total of 187 donations were collected at the East Side restaurant. Both Big Lou’s and the community chipped in with multiple incentives for donors, including a free one-topping pizza and a Big Lou’s T-shirt, and there were chances to win multiple prizes, including a $100 Big Lou’s gift card, a $200 MasterCard, a $100 gift card to a tattoo parlor, a four-week karate class and movie passes.

Brian Lujan, owner of Big Lou’s Pizza, wanted to hold the drive in honor of his father, who needed transfusions as part of his treatments for aplastic anemia.

Grant funds $320,000 bloodmobile to serve more donors, patients
December 30, 2016

The Tesoro Foundation and the South Texas Blood & Center (STBTC), the nonprofit community blood bank for more than 40 counties in South Texas, announce a Tesoro Foundation grant for a brand-new bloodmobile. The state-of-the-art blood collection bus will travel up to 20,000 miles per year around South Texas receiving lifesaving blood donations from generous donors who roll up their sleeves to help others.

November 30, 2016

Subscribers to the San Antonio Express-News can help the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center earn advertising credits through the newspaper’s Million Dollar Charity Giveaway.

The program allows Express-News subscribers to vote for the Express-News to donate advertising credits to a local non-profit, including STBTC. Every vote earns a $100 for advertising in the newspaper and on its website in 2017.

Subscribers can mail in their Million Dollar Charity Giveaway voucher from the Express-News, or redeem it online at

The program, which now is in its fourth year, runs through Jan. 15.

September 26, 2016

Longtime biomedical industry executive Martin Landon has been named chief executive officer of BioBridge Global (BBG), the nonprofit organization that oversees and supports the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The announcement was made today by BBG Board Chair Mike Kreager. 

Landon will join BBG on Oct. 1 and, to ensure a smooth leadership transition, will work with current CEO Linda Myers through the end of the month, Kreager said.  In July, Myers announced plans to retire from the organization.

All donors at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center must consent to testing to give blood
August 29, 2016

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) received notification on August 26, 2016 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that, within the next four weeks, all blood donations collected in Texas and 10 other states at high risk for active Zika transmission must be tested for the virus. Testing on collections from the remaining states must begin within the next 12 weeks. 

All those who want to donate must consent to the testing of their donation for the virus. STBTC, which began testing donations for Zika on July 5, was the second center in the United States to announce testing for the virus. 

While the center has had more than 10,000 units tested since July, not all donors are providing consent for testing. According to Dr. Rachel Beddard, medical director, about 12 percent of donors are not consenting, a number the blood center is working to improve.