About Tissue Banking

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Working Together

In tissue banking, both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations operate to make up a network of tissue banks, organ procurement organizations and eye banks that recover and distribute tissue.

Not-for-profit and for-profit tissue banks work together through strategic alliances and partnerships:

  • To benefit of all those involved in the tissue transplantation process, including transplant recipients, donors, donor families, physicians and hospitals.
  • To obtain funding or expertise for research and development.
  • Utilize their marketing capabilities and representative forces to increase exposure to the end user (i.e., hospital, physician).
  • And/or to offer some financial stability for the near future over the term of such a contractual relationship.

Tissue Processing and Disease Prevention

  • Tissue transplantation has an impressive safety record.
  • Human tissue products are inherently biocompatible, meaning they can be incorporated into a human body more easily and with fewer complications than many synthetic products.
  • Every medical procedure, including the use of tissue for transplant, comes with risks and benefits. The AATB encourages any patient considering a tissue transplant to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with his or her physician.​

Saving and Improving Lives

Millions of people receive tissue transplants that improve their lives, with minimal risk, in a highly regulated system supported by compassionate professionals and technical experts.​

Saving and improving lives through tissue transplantation would not be possible without the tens of thousands of donors and their families who authorize the gift of tissue donation.