Located in Dresden, Germany, DKMS Life Science Lab is one of the world's largest and most advanced genotyping service providers. Our main focus is high resolution, sequence based HLA typing for stem cell donor registries. We are also looking to expand the scope of our services into areas where our core competencies can provide exceptional value to customers.
Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited disease of hemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen within red blood cells. In the U.S., most people with sickle cell disease are of African ancestry. The disease can cause severe pain and other serious medical problems. A bone marrow transplant is the only known cure.
Anemia is a blood disorder that occurs when the body can't produce enough healthy red blood cells. Bone marrow transplants can be lifesaving treatments for those fighting Diamond Blackfan Anemia, Aplastic Anemia, Beta-Thalassemia, Fanconi Anemia and other serious illnesses.
Other Diseases of the Blood or Marrow
Bone marrow transplants are often the best treatment for a range of immune deficiency disorders such as Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome and inherited metabolic disorders including Hurler's Syndrome and leukodystrophies.
Every year, approximately 14,000 patients need to find a compatible donor outside their family. Their doctors search the national registry for potential donors who share a similar Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) tissue type.
A close HLA match increases the chance that the patient’s body will accept donated cells as its own and not fight them. Currently, only about 4 in 10 patients can find a donor with a very close HLA type. The closest HLA matches generally occur between patients and donors who share the same ancestry.
Your $45 helps determine the HLA tissue type of each potential donor. Because we never want money to come between a donor and the patient who needs them, we rely on contributions to sponsor the nearly 150,000 new donors we register each year.