WORCESTER — Tyson Brimberry, plasma center manager of the brand new BioLife center in Worcester, said individuals who donate plasma help those in need but help their community.
“We build a rapport with those donors who come in, and we get to understand them on a first-name basis,” Brimberry said. “They come in, and they assist in saving a life, and it’s only a great procedure that not merely helps individuals but helps town as well.”
Ahead of BioLife’s opening Saturday, 150 individuals have previously signed up to donate plasma, Brimberry said.
BioLife Plasma Services, an lcd donation center with more than 160 locations across the U.S., is opening a new plasma center in Worcester — its first in Massachusetts — to greatly help meet the urgent and growing demand for therapies developed from plasma.
Plasma can’t be synthesized in a laboratory, creating a reliance on human donations. Takeda uses the plasma collected by BioLife to take care of rare or chronic diseases, such as angioedema and immunodeficiency disorders, which is why you will often find no alternative treatments.
At the guts, donors are screened by the center’s nursing staff to ensure they’re healthy and eligible for plasma donation, then donors are hooked up to a needle and in an activity just like blood donation. Donors can donate plasma twice per week, which is distinctive from blood donation, which takes a donor to attend eight weeks between donations.
Brimberry said Worcester was selected since the company’s first Massachusetts location is near BioLife’s parent company Takeda, a global biopharmaceutical company based in Cambridge, and it provides central usage of the Northeast.
“With everything that is up-and-coming for this area in Worcester, BioLife seemed such a great fit,” Brimberry said. “The demand for medicine developed for plasma is ever-increasing and to generally meet the urgent need and the shortcoming to get into plasma donations in the Northeast, it caused it to be a good opportunity for us to open a middle within the Worcester area.”
Brimberry, who has worked at BioLife for seven years, said the Worcester center is estimated to contribute approximately $2 million to $3 million annually to the town through donor compensation, like all BioLife centers. BioLife currently has more than 160 plasma donation centers in the U.S., each costing between $3 million and $6 million to construct, Brimberry said.
The Worcester center has approximately 30 employees, and Brimberry said there would be at least 50 employees by enough time the guts is fully operational. The center hired and trained staff over the summertime and is hiring entry level positions from medical assistants to receptionists, phlebotomists, and licensed nursing staff.
The center is located at 68 Stafford St. and opens Saturday. Individuals thinking about donating plasma can register on BioLife’s website or app or visit the guts and talk with a member of its team to master registering. Compensation rates will also be available online and at the center.
Donors must pass a physical examination on the first visit and are screened at each visit to ensure they meet eligibility criteria.
“A lot of effort and dedication has come into this, and we have a good team of people that helped us open this facility,” Brimberry said. “At the time of right now, we have 150 individuals scheduled for Saturday, so the Worcester community has stepped up, and we’re excited to see everyone for the turnout.”