Cellular Life Solutions

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Cellular Life Solutions provides biopharmaceutical companies with the products they need to save lives through innovative cellular therapies. 

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Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center (GCRBC) has over 44 years of industry experience in serving the largest medical campus in the world. Cellular Life Solutions is Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s most recent and innovative move to expand work in the field of cellular therapy. Located within our 116,000-square-foot headquarters in Houston, our new 2,700-square-foot apheresis collection center for cellular therapies offers all the comforts and safety available for donors and patients. Using the Spectra Optia Apheresis System, our team can meet the specific collection criteria required for each procedure, while bringing efficiency, purity, and consistency to collections—ultimately benefiting patients, clinicians, and laboratory processes.

Cell-based immunotherapy is currently at the forefront in the development of new treatments for serious diseases. With our history of excellence and proven expertise, we can help drive more treatment options to patients through advanced blood therapies. Our goal is to help make the dream of new, cutting-edge blood and cell therapies the new standard of care.

Development of these new therapies depends on the availability of both autologous and allogeneic cells that can be used to manufacture cellular therapy products in the laboratory.  Apheresis provides a simple, relatively safe method of collecting these cells. One of the challenges facing cell therapy companies today is procuring a quality starting product. GCRBC’s Cellular Life Solutions’ expertise, high customer satisfaction and history as a blood center program, ensures quality systems which address safety, quality, identity, potency and purity.


Why Select Cellular Life Solutions for Apheresis Collections? 

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With highly trained nursing and medical personnel, we work with organizations worldwide to help bring autologous and allogeneic therapies to patients with malignancies, immune-related diseases, and other life-threatening illnesses. We perform specialized apheresis collections to collect mononuclear cells (commonly referred to as white blood cells or leukocytes), and these immune system cells are used for existing clinical trials, research and development, and/or protocol validation and training.

We consistently procure and provide high-quality products that are used for autologous patient care, unrelated and related stem cell transplants, and cutting-edge immunotherapy and research. With our extensive and diverse donor base and our proximity to the largest medical center, we can meet all of your cellular therapy product needs. We understand shipping and manufacturing is time-sensitive, and we work to exceed your expectations with our transportation department.  

 Our expertise in apheresis collections service offers the following benefits:

  • Equipped for both autologous (taken from the same person who will get the transplant) and allogeneic (taken from a donor) collections 
  • Diverse and extensive donor recruitment pool
  • Leukopaks, mononuclear cells (MNCs) and/or hematopoietic stem cells (HPC) from stimulated donors are collected under IRB-approved protocol
  • Donors pre-screened for infectious disease
  • Products with cell concentration and yield provided
  • Expert nursing and medical staff
  • Use of FDA-approved equipment at our headquarters location
  • AABB Accreditation
  • FACT Accrediation
  • Resulting cellular product can be shipped as needed
  • Close proximity to international airports

Cellular Life Solutions has been collecting hematopoietic progenitor cell (HPC) products since 2011, as a partner with an FDA-approved commercial immunotherapy. We are a global partner in the Be The Match BioTherapies® Collection Network and also independently collect for biotech, biopharma and academic institutions. Nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), we are proud of our status as a leader in cellular therapy collections.

We use the latest Techno custom medical chairs for the best lounging experience. During the collection, donors and patients will sit in total comfort, with pillows and blankets. The chair features remote control high-precision power recline and allows donors and patients to kick off their shoes and raise their feet to relax or take a nap. A bedside table is close by for drinks, books, or personal devices. Each collection space offers a personal 42-inch television, with satellite tv and headphones. Our Family Waiting Area includes reclining family seating, televisions, and refreshments.  

Biolinkedwhite is an electronic roster of people willing to help researchers find cures and treatments. You submit a confidential, self-managed profile of only the medical and social information you are willing to offer. This allows us to find people who meet research needs anonymously.


Your encrypted data is stored in a private, secure database used to locate people with specific medical, family and social backgrounds that match up with research opportunities.


Only you and a few authorized staff at our blood center can see your answers to questionnaires. Your information will never be shared with anyone else unless you consent in writing. You have trusted us for decades as a blood donor, and we will never break that trust.


Many scientists contact our blood center for help with clinical trials and basic research. The researchers are often looking for people with very specific conditions or symptoms. When a researcher contacts The Blood Center, we will search the Bio-Linked database to see if anyone matches the need.


Absolutely not! If your history matches a researcher’s need, one of our medical staff will contact you. If you are interested in participating, we will explain what the researcher needs and how that may affect you. The choice to move forward is completely yours. Unless you agree, the researcher will never know your identity.


Possibly, but each research project is different. Some, but not all, do have budgets for compensating participants.


More than 16,000 clinical studies are occurring at any one time in the United States. These studies could provide cures or treatments for diseases that affect our friends and neighbors. This progress is often delayed for many years because scientists cannot locate people to participate in their research. By helping researchers locate willing participants, we are doing our part in bringing new hope to patients.


If you would like to join Bio-Linked, visit giveblood.biolinked.org or text CFL to 844-207-1400. Please make sure you have your donor ID number on hand. To find your donor ID number, log into your Digital Donor account or call our Donor Advocates at (713) 791-6608.

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We knew y'all weren't mad

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Phlebotomist fights cancer

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Donors recovered from COVID-19 are helping others

The response from people who have overcome COVID-19 to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s call for convalescent plasma has been amazing. We’ve seen a number of donors step up to help patients fighting the disease in local hospitals, and it’s beautiful to see our community come together for such an important reason.  

How to prepare for your next blood donation

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is open by appointment only right now, and we want to make sure you’re in tip-top shape to give when you come in to see us. Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can help you save lives, so take advantage of these tips before your next opportunity to give blood.  

‘Superhero medicine’ and blood donors help save Owen’s life

Sarah was celebrating her son’s fourth birthday in 2018 when she had to excuse herself. While she had the video camera pointed at her young son’s face, Sarah couldn’t help thinking this birthday might be his last. 

Owen was battling brain cancer for the second time. 

Two years later, birthdays have become extra special at the Langston household. 

Give Texas

This year on Feb. 26, we honor Dr. Reiss and her legacy through the first-ever Texas Bone Marrow, Blood, and Organ Donation Registry Day, established through the work of State Rep. Gene Wu and passed into law last year.

Blood drives and homemade cookies save lives

The Blood Center depends on the passion of thousands of organizations across the Gulf Coast region to help us save lives. We need 800–1,000 donations a day to serve all of the patients in our community, and we couldn’t do it without businesses, high schools, colleges, churches and a slew of other organizations that work with us.

Give the gift of platelets

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What type of blood donation works for you?

Whole blood, platelets, red blood cells or plasma — you’ve got options when it comes to saving lives, and each donation has its benefits.

Lone Star Circle of Life

Cole was one of several organ, stem cell and blood donors and recipients honored in the 2019 Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour. Fewer than 12 cyclists are chosen to participate in the biennial event, which lasts about a week. The tour stretched from Tyler to Waco to College Station to Katy to Victoria before ending in Corpus Christi. 

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Elephants need blood, too

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What if this is the one that helps cure cancer?

Today I want to introduce you to Anne, a component technician responsible for separating blood into its different components.


Be safe, healthy and well

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Are You All In?

Some people get starstruck when meeting famous actors, while others want athletes to sign their memorabilia. My coworkers and I get excited when we get to meet real-life superheroes — people give their time because they believe they must help others if given the opportunity.

5 reasons blood donors are the best

The generous spirit of our donors amazes me. There are countless ways to give back to your community, especially in this technological age. Google “ways to give back in the Houston area” and you’ll find long lists of the needs in society. It’s, quite frankly, overwhelming. But you, you’ve waded through all of that information to find the most selfless way to support the people around you.

Why do you give blood?

Twelve students at the Thurgood Marshal School of Law already had signed up to give blood just one hour into their blood drive. It was amazing to see the heart of this high-achieving group taking time out of their studies with just weeks left in the semester to think about others.

Becoming Wonder Woman

I am an unashamed fan of Wonder Woman. Family members reminisced about how I used to wrap a towel around my neck and run around the house singing the “Woman Woman” theme song. (No, that wasn’t a typo. My ability to get song lyrics wrong was apparent even at the young ages of 3 and 4.)

You are powerful

Do you have any idea of the unbelievable power you have?

I was excited last summer to meet Shelley and her daughter, Courtney. The two were full of laughter and fun when Shelley came into our office for a photo shoot. Shelley is one of our long-time dedicated donors. She’s got that kind of giving spirit, and we were thrilled to capture a few photos of her.

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Every day, someone’s life is being saved.

By Tammie Riley 

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Drive and save lives

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Meet Eden

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