Providing expertise and experienced consultation to help organizations meet their research needs

Memorial Blood Centers provides expertise and experienced consultation to help organizations meet research needs. We work with biotechnology companies, academic institutions, healthcare facilities, and national blood centers. Our expert staff can assist your organization with a variety of products and services, including:

  • Clinical trials
  • Research studies
  • Cell therapy components (e.g., stem cells, mononuclear cells)
  • Other services – reagent donor program and testing services

Memorial Blood Centers continually strives to enhance our leadership in the field of blood and biomedical services. We partner with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, educational institutions, and others to advance the scientific study of new techniques and technologies for the blood industry. We work closely with clients to capture every detail of the study’s requirements, including protocol design.

Memorial Blood Centers’ highly skilled team has extensive experience with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and ensuring proper study oversight. We are dedicated to quality and we ensure that Standard Operating Procedures are strictly implemented and followed, current Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards are adhered to throughout each project, and our service commitments are delivered to every client, every time.

When experience and expertise matter most, Memorial Blood Centers stands behind our success in managing a variety of research projects and clinical trials, including: 

  • Validating new disease markers
  • Evaluating transfusion collection devices
  • Patient testing with new reagents
  • Providing blood components for research

For more information about clinical trial support and research products please contact Vanessa Reynolds, Research and Regulatory Affairs Supervisor, at 651-332-7222 or by email.

Are you interested in donating blood for research? Review our research studies to see if you qualify.

Memorial Blood Centers is seeking participants for research studies that support our mission of saving lives through blood donation. We are proud to provide biomedical expertise and consultation to a variety of organizations in order to help advance the scientific study of infectious diseases and the development of life-saving medicines and blood products.

Why are research donors important?
Research donors help save lives. Volunteers who participate in research studies ultimately contribute to the health and well-being of countless others. Without research study participants, future advancements in medicine wouldn’t be possible.

What is the process for donating blood for research?
Participants will be asked to donate blood samples or components (such as whole blood, plasma, or platelets), and will be compensated for their time. Donation will take place at our St. Paul donor center, conveniently located near the U of M Twin Cities campus, close to the Green Line’s Raymond Avenue station.

What are the eligibility requirements for being a research donor?
Requirements vary for each study. If you are deferred from donating blood for non-medical reasons such as travel, you may still be eligible to participate in a research study. To confirm eligibility, you must make a voluntary donation with Memorial Blood Centers at any donor center or blood drive (if you haven’t already) before participating in a research study.

How do I become a research donor?
If you, your family, or friends would like to donate blood for research, please call us at 651-332-7135 or send us an email.

Active research studies:

General Research
Memorial Blood Centers is currently working with researchers at local universities and medical device companies to improve patient care. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in this study.

In addition to standard and special order products, we can assist in collecting many types of customized products to be used for research, commercial, and educational purposes. All products are collected with Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption.

To request information and pricing, please contact us at 651-332-7135 or by email.