About Us


Established: 1959 (Scientific Services department - Irwin Memorial Blood Bank)

Number of Employees: 70

The Research Institute is housed within Blood Centers of the Pacific in San Francisco, CA. Our Research Institute has state-of-the-art equipment to support research related to blood and blood product safety in the areas of molecular biology, immunology, virology, tissue culture, cell processing and epidemiology. Staff have 9000 sq. ft. of labs (including a biosafety level 3 lab), and a 2200 sq. ft. freezer room with capacity to store more than one million specimens.

University of California, San Francisco; The Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF; University of California, Davis; UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, Oakland; US Department of Veterans Affairs; The American Red Cross; Public Health England; Fundação Faculdade de Medicina BRAZIL; Duke University; South African National Blood Service; Emory University; and the University of Georgia

Industry Collaborations
Cerus; Roche; Grifols; Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc.; Gen-Probe, Inc.; Abbott Laboratories; TerumoBCT; Immunetics; Integral Molecular
National Institutes of Health (NIH); US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC); Blood Systems

Research Areas
  • Epidemiology/Donor Behavior
  • Molecular Virology
  • Molecular Transfusion Medicine
  • Immunology
  • Repository and Testing Services
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Cell Therapy