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The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM), a non-profit organization, is a world-leading provider of non-transplantable, healthy and diseased, human organs and tissues for medical research, education and development. These biomaterials are typically recovered whole and with minimal ischemia from organ transplant donors with authorized use of the non-transplantable organs for research. The recovery takes place at the same time and by the same team who recover organs for transplantation. Stored in preservation media, the organs are shipped directly from the recovery suite and delivered to the researcher’s facility in 12-24 hours. IIAM has access to each donor’s chart and can therefore relay all pertinent medical information about the donor. Working with all 58 U.S. organ procurement organizations, IIAM receives over 15,000 referrals of organs for research each year.
In addition, IIAM hosts a Neonatal Donor Program that serves to provide non-transplantable, neonatal organs and tissues in the early stages of development for medical research, education and diagnostic studies. This Program offers a unique service to the research community and to families of babies with terminal fetal diagnoses (typically with 37-42 weeks gestation or up to 30 days) who will pass from natural causes shortly after birth. Since its inception in September 2012, IIAM has worked with 50 neonatal donor cases placing over 150 organs and tissues for medical advancement.
Human tissues in research enable the faster development of more efficacious drugs with improved safety profiles and enhanced understanding of basic disease processes that directly affect humans. IIAM makes these organs available to qualified researchers, scientists, healthcare and biotech professionals to advance their studies into cures for diseases, and to develop new therapies, drugs and devices. Through the continued support of organ donors and their families, organ procurement organizations and tissue banks, IIAM enables researchers to advance science and medicine, and to dramatically improve the quality of life and medical care for all. Please visit us at www.iiam.org.
The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation has been working with the IIAM for over 8 years to enable our translational medical research on Lung and Heart Diseases. The organization is extremely well coordinated responding to donor family needs to contribute to medical science, and the needs of researchers to obtain well maintained organ specimens around the world. Such medical research enabled by IIAM is essential if we are to truly discover new therapies for common Heart and Lung Diseases that affect families worldwide.
It is a pleasure to deal with a company who offer a personal, professional and gracious service in the allocation of human organs for research. They carry out the wishes of the next of kin with the utmost respect, ensuring that organs are delivered safely, and quickly to our research projects around the world. They truly are an important cog in the advancement of medical research and the discovery of new therapies.
As a researcher for a large biotechnology organization, I have collaborated with IIAM on many procurement recoveries throughout the years. This challenging but very important service continues to enabled our team to effectively support the scientific and medical research communities in order to better the human condition and make this world healthier, cleaner, and safer. I have seen first-hand how IIAMs amazing work helps in the global fight against disease because of their outstanding team that makes every tissue donation for research a meaningful and fullfilling experience for everyone involved from the donor, donor's family, donor's friends, healthcare members, and researchers alike. Thank you IIAM!!
We have been working with IIAM for many years for our research tissue needs. The quality, dedication and attention to detail of their representatives has always been impressive!
We have used IIAM for procuring organs for several years now and have always been pleased with the high quality professional service. Dolores and Allyson have been great to work with and always gone the extra mile to make sure everythings works smoothly.