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Blood for Life

We collect, test and manufacture blood and blood products, including red blood cells, platelets and plasma. We provide diagnostic laboratory testing services in some provinces. And our research and development efforts yield new knowledge, processes and technologies, to ensure patients receive the best product at the right time to improve their health and well-being.

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Plasma for Life

We collect plasma from unpaid donors across Canada. While we process some of this plasma to meet domestic transfusion needs, most is shipped to pharmaceutical manufacturers contracted by Canadian Blood Services to produce medications — primarily the therapies known as immunoglobulins — for patients in Canada. These medications form part of a national formulary of plasma protein and related products (PPRP) that we manage on behalf of all provinces and territories except Quebec. Most of our formulary comprises medications that we bulk-purchase from global pharmaceutical companies and

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Stem Cells for Life

We operate several programs to support better outcomes for people living with the many diseases and disorders that can be treated with stem cell transplants. We collect umbilical cord blood to manufacture stem cells for our cord blood bank. We also operate a national registry of adult stem cell donors and participate in an international network of donor registries. And we provide human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing services to ensure the best possible matches between stem cell donors and recipients.

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Organs and Tissues for Life

We manage a national transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing, as well as related programs for donation and transplantation. Working with partners across the organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT) community, Canadian Blood Services develops leading practices, supports professional education and public awareness activities, and collaborates on new ways to share data on the performance of the OTDT system in Canada. We actively support ongoing work to make organ and tissue donation policies more inclusive.