What does HemaCenter do with my donated cells?

Your cells are provided to medical researchers to be used in development of cell therapies. Leukopaks are used when a large number of healthy donor cells are required for studies and testing. Your donated cells further scientists’ efforts in developing next-generation medical therapies for a variety of diseases.

What are white blood cells?

White blood cells are frequently referred to as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and contain various immune cells: B cells, T cells, stem/progenitor cells and dendritic cells. White blood cells help defend the body against disease and infection. The white blood cells that are removed by leukapheresis are replaced quickly in the donor.

What is leukapheresis?

Leukapheresis is collection of leukocytes. Leukocytes are also known as white blood cells or immune cells. An automated apheresis machine removes white blood cells from whole blood by density separation and collects them in a collection bag known as a leukopak. The remaining red blood cells and platelets are then returned to the donor. The white blood cells that have been removed will be replaced quickly by your body. Leukapheresis allows for the collection of concentrated, pure white blood cells from a single donor.