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1947

An Origin in Military Service

The United States Navy established the world’s first tissue bank in 1947. Outside of the military, however, storage of human tissue was not common, tissues for transplantation were scarce, and the lack of professional standards and government control meant that the effectiveness of allografts were uncertain. It soon became evident to Dr. Theodore I. Malinin, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Medical Center, that there was a need for a civilian tissue bank.

1970

Our Foundation

To address the scarcity of tissue outside of the military, and make tissue donation and transplant possible in the private sector, Dr. Malinin founded the University of Miami Tissue Bank in Miami, FL as the U.S. Navy Tissue Bank curtailed its service to civilian patients.

1988

Decades of Commitment

The University of Miami Tissue Bank acquired new facilities for the excision of tissues, which allowed UMTB Foundation to accept a greater number of donations, and to serve the community in wider numbers.

In an effort to improve the quality of life, and to make transplants readily available to patients, the University of Miami Tissue Bank has continued to serve the community, while also assisting in the organization of other new tissue banks throughout the United States and abroad.

2011

Continued Growth, Impact

In 2011, The Tissue Bank relocated to a state-of-the-art facility that accommodates a diverse group of biotech and life science organizations. In its new location, UMTB is connected to a host of world experts across multiple medical disciplines; the outcome of these shared medical quarters will soon be life saving innovation.

2014+

Donor Services Foundation Established

In 2014 Vivex Biomedical, Inc. announced a definitive agreement with the University of Miami to acquire the Tissue Bank. As part of that agreement the UMTB Donor Services Foundation was created to provide guidance and care, and to properly serve the community at hand. “We are extremely excited to welcome the talented and dedicated employees of UMTB and to create a long-lasting legacy by establishing the UMTB Donor Services Foundation” —Tracy S. Anderson, CEO.

To date, the Tissue Bank has supplied more than 2,000,000+ transplants to surgeons around the world. With ongoing research and innovation, the bank (and the UMTB Donor Services Foundation to support it) have become the leading national resource for bone, tissue and other forms of bodily donation.

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The Services of the UMTB Donor Services Foundation Impact:

American Association Of Tissue Banks (AATB)

The American Association of Tissue Banks is the organization that sets standards, inspects facilities, and accredits tissue banks in North America. AATB trains and certifies tissue banking specialists. In crafting new federal regulations for tissue banking, the FDA has relied heavily on the expertise of the AATB.

Our Partners

At the UMTB Donor Services Foundation, we are giving the gift of life. Join our efforts today.

Register to become a donor today at DonateLife.net.