CSL Plasma Donates $125K to US Red Cross for Natural Disaster Relief

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CSL Plasma is donating $125,000 to the American Red Cross in an effort to help lessen the burden of natural disasters to local communities in the U.S., including areas that affect plasma donors and employees involved in the manufacturing of plasma-derived therapies.

Plasma protein therapies are one of the standard treatments for hemophilia, a genetic disorder caused by the lack, or defects in, blood clotting factors.

Plasma is the liquid part of blood that remains after the removal of cellular components, which include red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Its donation is particularly important for hemophilia patients, since plasma contains the coagulation factors they are missing.

“Our donors and employees help do the amazing in our centers — enabling life-saving plasma donations to help patients affected by rare and serious diseases,” Michelle Meyer, general manager of CSL Plasma, the plasma collection business of CSL Behring, said in a press release. “It is our hope that this donation can support those who do the amazing in our communities where our donors and employees call home.”

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CSL Behring uses the plasma collected at CSL plasma centers to develop and deliver therapies to patients with hemophilia, hereditary angioedema, and other blood and neurological disorders in more than 100 countries.

In 2021, the U.S. has witnessed an increase of natural disasters, including hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and floods.

“We know the devastating impact natural disasters can have, as witnessed in 2021 by disasters such as devastating tornadoes that hit the U.S. South and Midwest regions,” said Meyer. “CSL Plasma is honored for this donation to help enable the vital and immediate support and relief the American Red Cross provides to local communities.”

The donation will be used by the Red Cross to build infrastructure and new technologies, as well as to train volunteers to help those affected by natural disasters.

“The Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes,” said Guy Triano, regional CEO for the American Red Cross. “This support helps the Red Cross offer disaster survivors a safe place to sleep, a hot meal, emotional support and resources to aid in recovery — while also helping people and communities prepare for disasters yet to come.”

“Support from organizations like CSL Plasma allows the Red Cross to deliver critical help to people who need it, anytime, anywhere,” he added.