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BioLife Solutions Joins Prestigious Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative
Date:12/29/2008

BOTHELL, Wash., Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BioLife Solutions, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BLFS), a leading developer and marketer of proprietary cGMP hypothermic storage and cryopreservation media products for cells, tissues, and organs, today announced that it 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, MD, PhD, 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. W
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