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Inaugural Global Awareness Event Shines Spotlight On Plasma Donors And Rare Diseases
Date:9/3/2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The first ever International Plasma Awareness Week (IPAW) will be celebrated October 13-20. A joint initiative of the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) and its member companies, IPAW is designed to:

  • Raise global awareness about source plasma collection
  • Recognize the contributions of plasma donors in  saving and improving lives
  • Increase understanding about lifesaving plasma protein therapies and rare diseases

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Member companies are planning a variety of activities including: donor appreciation events, as well as, open houses for patients, government officials and the media at over 450 plasma collection facilities in Europe and the U.S. In addition, patient organizations representing individuals with rare diseases have pledged support for the event.

"People throughout the world rely on plasma protein therapies which are developed through the generosity and commitment of plasma donors. PPTA is proud of the contributions we and our member companies make to saving and improving lives and is delighted to sponsor an annual event that draws attention to rare diseases," said Joshua Penrod, PPTA, Vice President, Source

Plasma, a biological material that cannot be manufactured, is used to create lifesaving therapies that come solely from committed plasma donors in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria and the C
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