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Texas Cord Blood Bank receives $1.2 million grant for reaching collection milestone.

The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB), which was established in 2004 through a $1 million start-up grant and a matching grant from the state of Texas, reached an important milestone this month and has received a new matching grant to expand its programs.

In acknowledgment of cord blood bank successfully collecting more than 1,000 cord blood units in its first five months, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced on Nov. 22 that the bank will receive a $1.2 million grant to assist in collecting the 6,000 units of cord blood that must be collected to make the program self-sustaining.

"The matching grant will help the TCBB obtain equipment and supplies for storing and testing donated cord blood units," Gov. Perry said. "The funds will also provide lifesaving transplant options for hospital patients in Texas."

The TCBB is managed by the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC) located in San Antonio. The bank is a state and privately funded program and is a division of the TCBB.

In addition to Gov. Perry, the driving forces behind establishment of the bank last year included Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Elisabeth Ames Jones and Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Albert Hawkins.
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Date:Nov 30, 2005
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