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LSU Health Shreveport and LifeShare Blood Center Partner to Open Cellular Services Laboratory

Hospitals in the Ark-La-Tex will soon benefit from a major investment by LifeShare Blood Center.

Medicine is changing and LifeShare is taking a proactive approach with the opening of a new cellular lab in Shreveport. Cellular therapy is a new kind of medicine that doesn’t involve traditional approaches like pills or surgery. Instead, products are taken from a donor, manipulated, and then given to a patient. The donated human cells help to repair or replace damaged cells. “LifeShare is a natural fit to perform this type of work. We understand a donor and a recipient,” said LifeShare Chief Operating Officer Monica Kalvelage. “Access to this type of new technology is something you won’t find in many communities.

Currently, cellular therapy is mostly used to help cancer patients, but the possibilities are truly limitless. The hope is this technology could soon be used to help repair damaged cells in heart, eyes, or muscles.

The lab does not come as a result of the work of LifeShare alone as the patented techniques of LSU Health Shreveport scientist Dr. Yuping Wang will be promoted and utilized as the pilot for the new laboratory.  She was also instrumental in the training of LifeShare lab staff, which was required for lab certification.  LSU Health Shreveport has signed on as the initial partner in this groundbreaking work with others likely to be announced in future months.   

LifeShare has been saving lives for more than 75 years – typically by taking blood donations from the community and then providing them to hospitals in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas.

This new lab helps ensure LifeShare will continue its lifesaving work for several more decades to come.

The grand opening of the new lab was held on Tuesday, May 7. 

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