Deepening our understanding of blood and the science behind it, the key to unlocking the treatments and cures for the diseases that affect our world.
THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
BLOOD IS UNIVERSAL. IT FLOWS THROUGH THE VEINS OF EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET. IT IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THE MOST SERIOUS DISEASES THREATENING HUMANKIND, FROM CANCER TO MALARIA TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE. IT CONNECTS US ALL.
“It is not uncommon for a child with sickle cell disease to receive 400-500 transfusions by their 10th birthday. In some cases, we will reach a point that we can no longer find compatible, safe units in time.
In 2018 in America, with all the technology we have, to have a child die because we cannot find compatible blood is a difficult thing to accept […] one is left only with a great motivation to address this shortcoming in our abilities.”
DR. JIM ZIMRING
Bloodworks Chief Scientific Officer
FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE AND BACK AGAIN
Bloodworks’ 75 year track record of successfully translating our scientific discoveries, improved patient care speaks for itself: because of our work, stem cell transplants are possible, blood products can be stored longer than ever before, and hemophilia patients can expect to live 30 meaningful years longer.
AND WE ARE NOT DONE YET.
At Bloodworks, our state-of-the-art research facilities, and the world class experts that run them, are vitally important to today’s booming biotech landscape. We are a critical, unique resource for medical and biotechnology companies of all sizes, providing consultation and expert data analysis, with industry-leading expertise in mass spectrometry and flow cytometry. By working together to evolve and expand our services into an Innovation Hub, we will fuel discovery around the world, bringing about new therapies and cures for cancer, diabetes, malaria, and more.
We look to push the boundaries of what is possible in medicine, providing an ever-expanding range of biological products, services, and cellular therapies to accelerate discovery. For biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical research organizations of all sizes, these resources mean new cures for diseases, faster.
We collect and process cells that serve as the building blocks of today’s cutting edge therapies.
PRE-CLINICAL R & D SUPPORT
We help researchers to move their scientific discoveries from the bench towards the bedside.
RESEARCH DONOR PROGRAM
We recruit and collect blood from donors to be used in research studies around the world.
Making childbirth safer for mothers, at home and around the world, through improvements in patient care, groundbreaking clinical research, and advocacy.
“YOU DON’T GO INTO CHILDBIRTH THINKING THAT YOU’LL WAKE UP IN THE ICU. YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE EVERYONE ELSE HAS, CRADLING THEIR NEWBORN RIGHT AWAY. MY EXPERIENCE WAS NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE”
MOLLY FIRTH, Healthcare Policy Expert, Bloodworks Trustee, and Mom to Clara
Every 9 minutes in the US, a woman like Molly almost dies from bleeding complications during childbirth. Up to 90% of these cases are preventable, but they are on the rise in the US, nearly tripling in the last decade.
AT BLOODWORKS, WE BELIEVE THAT CHILDBIRTH SHOULD BE A SAFE, FULFILLING AND POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERY MOTHER.
By partnering with us, you can provide women with effective, timely care throughout pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum. And together, we can make childbirth safer for mothers and children in the Pacific Northwest and around the world through groundbreaking clinical research and constant improvements in patient care.
TOGETHER WE CAN:
BE PREPARED FOR MATERNAL HEMORRHAGE
We work closely with obstetricians to monitor and manage bleeding complications in the third trimester, especially for women with rare blood types and high risk for bleeding. When a bleeding complication does occur, we provide the lifesaving blood and medical expertise.
COMBAT IRON DEFICIENCY IN WOMEN
After a blood donation, we will provide iron supplements to help prevent chronic iron deficiency in women in the Pacific Northwest. By entering pregnancy with a sufficient supply of iron, we can reduce the risk of preterm birth, having a low-birth-weight baby, and fetal or newborn death.
PROVIDE LIFESAVING CARE FOR WOMEN WITH BLEEDING DISORDERS
Pregnant women with bleeding disorders are susceptible to bleeding complications, so it is important to closely manage the condition during pregnancy. The Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders provides their care throughout pregnancy: developing birth plans, managing bleeding and providing postpartum care/monitoring.
DISCOVER NEW THERAPIES AND DIAGNOSTICS
We perform innovative research designed to reduce risk and improve outcomes for pregnancy-related bleeding complications. Our research areas include: prevention of pregnancy-related thrombosis (blood clotting), best transfusion management practices during pregnancy, and monitoring changes in clotting proteins in pregnant women.
ENSURE SAFE TRANSFUSION ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
With an estimated 14 million cases each year, postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. In response, the Bloodworks Center for Global Impact created Bloodpak–a self-contained, just-in-time method of blood collection and administration to make blood transfusion more accessible in rural and remote regions of the world.
HEALTH EQUITY AND THE BLOOD SUPPLY
Ensuring that every member of our increasingly diverse community has equal access to the lifesaving blood that they need, in time.
“OUR COMMUNITY BLOOD SUPPLY IS BEST SUPPORTED BY DONORS WHO CLOSELY REFLECT THE DIVERSE ETHNIC COMMUNITIES AND PATIENTS WE SERVE. IT TRULY TAKES A COMMUNITY TO SUSTAIN THE BEST LIFESAVING BLOOD SUPPLY POSSIBLE” – DR. YANYUN WU, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, BLOODWORKS NORTHWEST”
DR. YANYUN WU, Chief Medical Officer, Bloodworks Northwest
By 2045, the United States is expected to become a “majority-minority” nation – racial and ethnic minorities will make up a majority of our population. But minority groups currently make up less than 10% of our blood donors, prompting a looming public health crisis.
But why does diversity matter? Usually, matching a donor and recipient by their blood type (A positive, O negative, etc.) is sufficient for a successful transfusion. However, when a patient requires multiple transfusions – like if they are being treated for a disease like cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, or heart disease – they may need a more exact match. In these instances, patients have the best chance of finding a lifesaving match when the donor is from a similar ethnic background.
Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and Google have led to an influx of high-tech workers from all over the world into the Pacific Northwest. This has rewired the genetic fabric of our region, and has big implications for our blood supply. As our community grows and diversifies rapidly, we must work together to more effectively recruit and retain blood donors with diverse ethnic backgrounds.
TOGETHER, WE CAN ENSURE THAT OUR LOCAL BLOOD SUPPLY REMAINS SUSTAINABLE AND ACHIEVES GREATER EQUITY.
HEALTH EQUITY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
Action taken today to diversify the blood supply will not only save lives in our local hospitals now, but will save lives globally tomorrow.
It is an exciting time in medicine. Recent advancements in immune therapy are going to drastically change the way that we cure diseases in the next 10 to 20 years. And these therapies start from blood donated here at Bloodworks for research and clinical trials. If our blood donors do not effectively represent the communities these new therapies are designed to treat, we face a future where therapies and medications don’t work effectively for all and we will be unable to stem the tide of the diseases we intend to cure.
With your financial support, we can create the infrastructure necessary to establish an effectively diverse blood supply, changing the future of medicine around the world.
ACHIEVING EQUITY TOGETHER
The lack of diversity in today’s blood supply has systemic origins that are not easy to overcome. We must work together and undertake long-term efforts to increase awareness, develop collaborative partnerships and tailor our recruitment strategies to adapt to these challenges. With your support, we will:
Preparing our community for times of emergency, ensuring that lifesaving blood is available whenever and wherever it is needed most.
When disaster strikes, a resilient community is one that rallies together.
When an Amtrak Cascades train tragically derailed nearly Olympia on December 18th 2017, our community came together to save the lives of over 80 injured passengers. A team comprised of emergency responders, healthcare providers, members of the military, ordinary citizens – and blood donors.
In the hours following the crash, Bloodworks issued over 150 units of donated blood to the hospitals receiving injured victims. And in the day that followed, we witnessed something truly powerful. 1,500 members of our community donated blood– more than twice our normal collections on a Tuesday in December!
But the survivors of the crash weren’t saved by the blood donated in response to the crash – it was the blood donated in the days and weeks prior. Since we can’t predict when blood will be needed most, being reactive isn’t good enough – our blood supply must be constant and sustainable to keep our community safe. And with your financial support, we can ensure that remains true in the Pacific Northwest.
SUPPORTING OUR NEIGHBORS
Some emergencies are so devastating in size or severity that a community finds itself unable to meet the demand for blood. When we have a strong blood supply in the Pacific Northwest, we are able to send units of blood collected here at home to communities in need around the country. Blood donors in the Pacific Northwest have provided support to victims of:
By partnering with Bloodworks to Strengthen Communities, you are supporting the emergency needs for blood both at home and around the country.
TOGETHER, WE ARE STRONGER
Whether disasters strike suddenly or come with warning, blood must always be at the ready. Because blood isn’t just important during times of emergency. Every day, hundreds of units of blood are used in the Pacific Northwest for routine surgeries, cancer treatments, and palliative care. By supporting local blood collection infrastructure, you are facilitating the incredible generosity of our community, making sure that:
MAINTAINING A SAFE BLOOD SUPPLY, BY THE NUMBERS
Your gift will: