March 25, 2011
See Bill talking about this announcement in the Ontario Legislature.
THUNDER BAY â€“ Ontarioâ€™s Minister of Health and the Trillium Gift of Life Network have provided the Lake Superior Centre for Regenerative Medicine (RegenMed) with an official designation as a bone and tissue bank.
RegenMed has been registered with Health Canada as a Tissue Bank and it has now been designated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Trillium gift of Life Network . This provincial designation is an important milestone. It will allow RegenMed to create a local donor recovery program. Donor recovery and processing will enhance the distribution of Canadian processed tissue to TBRHSC and other Ontario hospitals. Working with the TBRHSC, the goal of RegenMed is to provide an increased opportunity for the residents of NWO to give the gift of life.
RegenMed is a not-for-profit charitable organization with a focus on excellence in tissue and bone banking . RegenMed was created to address the shortage of allografts available to Canadian surgeons and patients. An allograft is a graft of tissue obtained from a human donor with a different genetic make-up and surgically implanted into the human recipient, as a tissue transplant between two humans.
In 2007, a state of the art processing facility capable of producing conventional as well as highly specialized allograft bioimplants for use in dentistry and medicine was completed.
Through past and present relationships with US Tissue Banks, LifeNet Health, Community Tissue Services, and Allosource, RegenMed has been trained in advanced processing techniques and we have created our own program to produce a sterile allograft of the same quality currently being imported from the US.
Currently the Lake Superior Centre for Regenerative Medicine is supplying over 20 Ontario hospitals and dentists with quality allografts to help meet the ever increasing needs of Ontarians.
Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
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