BioLife Solutions Inc, a leading developer and marketer of proprietary cGMP hypothermic storage and cryopreservation media products for cells, tissues, and organs, has joined the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) Collaborative, an international consortium of leading scientific, clinical, and commercial partners whose mission is to explore collaborative ways to improve transfusion-related services through standardization of analytic techniques, development of new procedures and execution of clinical trials in hemotherapy.

Zbigniew 'Ziggy' M Szczepiorkowski, co-chair of the BEST cellular therapy team and associate professor of Pathology and of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, commented on the addition of BioLife Solutions as a new corporate member of BEST by stating, "We're very pleased to welcome BioLife to the BEST Collaborative. BioLife joins other corporate members in the quest to advance the field of transfusion medicine and to work with world leading experts. Results from recent initial safety studies conducted by BioLife and submission of FDA Master Files understandably elevates the profile of the company in the field of transfusion medicine in the US and internationally. We look forward to mutually beneficial scientific collaboration with BioLife and other BEST corporate members to identify ways to extend the shelf-life and improve the transportation logistics as well as post-preservation viability and functional yield of transfusion-related source material and derived cell-based clinical products."

Mike Rice, BioLife's chairman and CEO, noted "Since its formation, the scientific members of BEST have collectively published over 50 peer reviewed scientific articles related to efforts to continually improve quality, safety and efficiency in transfusion medicine. We view our relationship with BEST as highly strategic and a means to continue to demonstrate the scientific differentiation of our products and how they enable measurable improvement in several aspects of transfusion-related biopreservation processes."

The BEST Collaborative is an international research organization that works collaboratively to explore ways to improve transfusion-related services through standardization of analytic techniques, development of new procedures and execution of clinical trials in hemotherapy.