As a leader in the blood banking industry Bonfils Blood Center works closely with several different companies and organizations on a wide range of research studies and provides support to area hospitals in need of blood and blood products for research purposes. 

Collaborative research partnerships give Bonfils the opportunity to save and enhance lives in a different way. Bonfils is proud to be part of scientific advancements in transfusion medicine and the biomedical field by offering our services and expertise in clinical trials, hospital-initiated studies and specialty contract research services to pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies. 

Many of these research projects are focused on continually improving blood transfusions for patients, in addition to enhancing the donor experience. 

Who can make a research donation?

Nearly anyone can donate for research purposes. Often, donors who are not currently eligible to donate blood to the community blood supply for the following reasons donate for research purposes:

received a tattoo or piercing in a non-FDA approved location*

traveled to a currently deferred area (includes travel to areas with high malaria risk, high Zika risk and military travel to many European countries from 1980 through 1990)

engaged in male to male sexual contact in the past 12 months

Donating blood for research is an important way you can continue to contribute during your deferral period. Financial compensation is provided for your time and travel. 

Please note, although we appreciate all potential research donors, due to the needs of the Colorado community, O-negative donors who are eligible for a community blood supply donation are not eligible for research donations.

*Bonfils' policy on tattoos changed in early 2017. Read the updated policy.

Where can I make a research donation?

Research donations are accepted at select Bonfils locations. Contact our Donor Relations team at 303.363.2202 or if you are interested in participating.

Lowry Headquarters Research Collaborations

Blood Systems Research Institute (BSRI), internationally respected for its work to advance blood safety worldwide, established a campus in Denver on the grounds of Bonfils Blood Center’s Lowry headquarters in 2016 to focus on the development of blood products and transfusion methodologies, including one-of-a-kind research specifically designed to improve patient care. 

Noted researcher Larry J. Dumont, Ph.D. oversees the campus as a senior investigator and associate director of BSRI-Denver. He joined BSRI from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he directed the Center for Transfusion Medicine Research. Along with cryopreservation of platelets, Dr. Dumont’s current interests are in platelet and red blood cell physiology, in vivo radiolabeled cell kinetics and clinical outcomes in transfusion medicine. 

Bonfils’ headquarters is also home to Dr. Christopher Silliman’s research laboratory which partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Hematology, Oncology and BMT Research Program and Children’s Hospital Colorado Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The primary interest of this laboratory is to examine the effects of blood transfusion on the immune system and to identify ways to mitigate transfusion-related complications that may arise.