Research challenges of the Barcelona Tissue Bank
Esteve Trias, Oscar Fariñas – Barcelona Tissue Bank (Banc de Sang I Teixits)
The Barcelona Tissue Bank (BTB) is a multi-tissue bank which belongs to the Banc de Sang i Teixits (BST), a public company of the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya, whose mission is to ensure the supply and proper use of blood and Tissue in Catalonia.
The BTB controls the entire process of donation and transplantation globally, from the process of detection and evaluation of the potential donor, obtention or extraction, processing of the different tissues, storage and distribution until transplantation.
In the BTB we can distinguish five major banks: ocular, cardiovascular, skin, musculoskeletal and reproductive.
Musculoskeletal tissue bank represents 50% of the activity of BTB, covering approximately 85% of transplanted tissue in the Spanish state. Different types of tissues are processed through a decontamination process to ensure maximum security. The purpose of the great variety of processed tissues is to meet the different needs of surgeons, being the most common ligament reconstruction, filling bone defects, tumour surgery and meniscal transplantation.
Research, development and innovation of new products and processes are constant priorities to provide the best solution for patients by setting up different lines of R & D in the short, medium and long term.