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Welcome to the International Blood Group Reference Laboratory and the Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences. Sited in Bristol, England, IBGRL and BITS are National Blood Service laboratories. The IBGRL was established in 1946 to provide Reference Services related to blood transfusion. In 1952, the IBGRL was designated a collaborating centre for the World Health Organisation. One of IBGRL’s functions is to maintain a database of donors with rare blood types. Authorized laboratories can interrogate the International Rare Donor Panel directly via this web site. The IBGRL has a distinguished record of research in blood transfusion science. Some of this research has led to the generation of a range of monoclonal antibodies which are available to researchers around the world as IBGRL Research Products.
The Bristol Institute for Transfusion Sciences (BITS) was established in 1996 to bring together research and teaching at IBGRL, the Bristol Blood Centre and the University of Bristol. Today, there are three programs of research; cellular therapies, antibody therapies and blood safety. A Clinical Biotechnology Centre was completed in January 1999. This facility is designed expedite clinical trials by producing, under GMP conditions, novel therapeutic agents such as monoclonal antibodies or vectors for gene therapy.
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