Plasma company that pays donors opens in Wilmington

ImmunoTek Plasma open is 70e location late last month on the east side of Wilmington.

The new center is the company’s first site to Delaware. ImmunoTek operates centers in 13 other states.

ImmunoTek compensates plasma donors. Rates are not listed on the company’s website. Nationally, rates can range from $50 to $75 per visit. Payment is by debit card.

Eligible people are between the ages of 18 and 65 and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donations can be made up to twice a week, because after plasma extraction, the blood returns to the body during the donation.

Plasma donated to ImmunoTek Plasma and other organizations helps meet the global demand for blood plasma, which is used to create drugs and therapies for people suffering from a variety of illnesses, including immune disorders, rare diseases, burn victims and cancer treatment.

The company has accepted more than six million donations from blood plasma donors since its launch in 2013.

“Our donors are making a difference in the lives of people facing life-altering medical conditions. For many of those the patientsreceiving donated plasma can mean the difference between life and death,” said Jerome Parnell III, CEO of ImmunoTek. “Ongoing research is currently showing promise in other uses of plasma therapies to reduce or limit the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”

The United States provides two-thirds of the plasma used worldwide and is one of the few countries to allow health companies to financially compensate donors.

To be eligible for plasma donation, a medical screening is performed by in-house healthcare professionals, along with a medical history and physical exam. Donating plasma is a lot like donating blood.

The motivation to give varies according to Lisa Sponheimer, director of the Wilmington ImmunoTek Plasma site. “Each donor has a different reason for coming to our centre. Some donate to boost their family’s finances, some because they know someone who has benefited from plasma medicine, and some because they know they can help someone. else,” she said.

The Wilmington site is located in a neighborhood with high levels of poverty and will attract people who need to supplement their income.

“The new center of Wilmington is expected to have an economic impact of approximately $5 million every year,” said Blair McKinney, Chief Operating Officer of ImmunoTek. “The community first sees the benefits of the construction of the center, then the compensation paid to donors and the creation of health-oriented jobs. It also generates a need for services from small local businesses; Plus, our donors know they’re helping save lives.

A University of Michigan professor who studies health care issues among low-income people wrote in 2018 that donation sites have become multibillion-dollar businesses that may be able to donate more. part of their income to donors.

Louisiana-based ImmunoTek has estimated revenues of $65 million per year.

A much larger company, CSL Plasma, operates a center on Marrows Road outside of Newark and near low-income neighborhoods. CSL announces a bonus for new donors of up to $1,000 for the first month of giving.

Delmarva’s non-profit blood bank accepts plasma donations, but does not provide compensation.

ImmunoTek Plasma’s location is at 3006 Governor Boulevard Printz and will operate Tuesday through Saturday. Walk-in donors are accepted. Further information is available at 302-295-9080 or via www.ImmunoTek.com

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