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Moderate and High Complexity Testing, Cell Processing and Cryopreservation

The Gift of Life Center for Cell and Gene Therapy is a state-of-the-art laboratory offering moderate and high complexity testing, cell processing and cryopreservation services. This in-house facility provides the benefit of regulatory compliance and assured quality from the outset, while avoiding the need to transport collected products to an off-site facility for preliminary characterization, processing, and target cell isolation procedures.

The lab is equipped with a central UPS with an industrial class backup generator, redundant HVAC, redundant flow cytometry (Navios and Cytoflex) redundant hematology (Sysmex and Coulter), redundant refrigeration, redundant BSCs, redundant cryo tanks, redundant CRFs (CryoMed and VIA Freeze) to ensure backup measures are in place.

One of the Center’s signature programs will be its BioBank of off-the-shelf on-demand cell therapy products available for starting material for further manufacture and ethical research. The inventory will consist of products collected from “super donors” with high frequency genetic characteristics sourced from the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.

Moderate and High Complexity Testing

    •  Beckman Coulter Navios EX Flow Cytometer
    •  Beckman Coulter CytoFLEX Flow Cytometer
    •  Sysmex XN-1000R Hematology Analyzer
    •  Beckman Coulter AcT diff2 Hematology Analyzer

Cell Processing and Cryopreservation

    •  Miltenyi Biotec CliniMACS Prodigy
    •  Cytiva Sepax S-100 (aka Sepax 2) with SmartRedux and Pericell Protocols
    •  Cytiva Smart-Max (for mixing, cooling, thawing and controlled cryoprotectant
        addition for both small and large products) with Cryo-SC Smart-Max Protocol
    •  Cytiva VIAFreeze Controlled Rate Freezer
    •  Thermo Scientific CryoMed Controlled Rate Freezer
    •  Thermo Scientific 1300 Series Class II, Type A2 Biological Safety Cabinets 
    •  Chart Industries MVE 1894R-190 Tanks (Vapor Phase)
    •  ThermoGenesis BioArchive System (LN2)
    •  Thermo Fisher -80 Freezer
    •  Thermo Fisher -20 Freezer
    •  Thermo Fisher TSX REF Blood 23CD Blood Bank Refrigerators

Potency Testing (CFU)

    •  STEMCELL Technologies STEMvision
    •  Thermo Scientific Forma Series 3 Water Jacketed CO2 Incubators


Saving Lives through Cellular Therapies

The Gift of Life Marrow Registry’s mission is to cure blood cancer through cellular therapies. Gift of Life is one of two accredited stem cell donor registries in the United States that facilitates transplants for patients battling blood cancer. Despite remarkable success, up to half of the patients who find a matching donor do not currently receive the transplant they need. The reason is that the time to transplant is too long. Interval processes including donor confirmatory testing, physical examination and health screening, medical clearance, stem cell mobilization and, finally, stem cell harvest all take time to schedule and coordinate. Unfortunately, this extensive process increases the risk that patients will die from their underlying disease while waiting for the cells that can save their lives. 

Gift of Life is planning to transform this process by significantly shortening the time to transplant. The first phase of the project was completed in August 2019 with the opening of the first-ever registry-integrated stem cell collection center. Located in-house at Gift of Life headquarters, the new collection center integrates the collection process with registry search operations and donor services, allowing Gift of Life to better control the supply chain. This substantially streamlines operations, improves efficiency and speeds the time to transplant.  

Through these new and innovative solutions, more patients with acute diseases requiring rapid transplantation will have access to the treatment that can save their lives. Gift of Life is at the precipice of these medical advances, playing a critical role in the treatment of patients with devastating diseases.

Gift of Life by the Numbers

Donor Registry
Registered Donors
Cell Therapy Treatments
Collection Center Donations

Leadership Team

Jay A. Feinberg
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Bruce A. Lenes, M.D.
Medical Director, Medical Services
Francesca Gullo, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
Farida Khan, MT (ASCP)
Medical Technical Supervisor

Meet Our Staff

Andrea Pena
Senior Biobank Cell Processing Specialist
Virginia Meyer
Medical Technologist
Wayne Grant
Cell Biologist
Cesar Delgado
Junior Medical Technologist
Amna Abdullah
Biobank Cell Processing Specialist

Contact Us

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Gift of Life Center For
Cell and Gene Therapy
5901 Broken Sound
Pkwy NW, Ste 600
Boca Raton, FL 33487