National Disease Research Interchange

Providing human biospecimens to advance biomedical research and development worldwide

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National Disease Research Interchange

Join us at the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Annual Meeting, June 18-21 in Houston, TX!

National Disease Research Interchange

National Institutes of Health funds Human Tissues and Organs for Research Resource Program

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National Disease Research Interchange

Giving patients and families an opportunity to leave a meaningful legacy

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Supporting breakthrough scientific discoveries with unmatched experience

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Partnering with medical professionals to serve donor families and investigators

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Serving Researchers Worldwide

Every year, NDRI distributes biospecimens to hundreds of investigators around the world who are working to advance many areas of science and healthcare. NDRI makes it easy for approved investigators to get much-needed biospecimens prepared, preserved and shipped precisely according the specific needs of the research protocol.

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1. Customized
Biospecimen acquisition and processing tailored to specific protocol requirements
2. Timely
Responsive 24/7/365 call center for requests and biospecimen distribution
3. Diverse
35 years of experience distributing nearly every human tissue and organ
4. Ethical
Informed consent and regulation compliant material handling
Donor Stories | Sarah Gray
“My son’s life was relevant not just to my family, but to the larger community. Thomas is changing medical history.”
Donor Stories | Cray Family
“The decision to donate our son Ian’s organs and tissue was the only bright spot in the darkest day of our lives."
Donor Stories | Laurie Gelb
“…consider offering down the road something worth more than money to NDRI."
Neurological Programs
A resource for scientists studying autism and traumatic brain injury
LungMAP Initiative
Supporting research into the causes of childhood lung disease
Joslin Medalist
Providing tissues to help investigators prevent, treat and cure Type 1 diabetes
Partnerships & Programs for Progress

Researchers continue to recognize NDRI as an invaluable partner as the need for human biomaterials grow. In response, NDRI has developed specialized programs to increase the supply of human tissues and organs for specific areas of research and has established a network of human tissue collection sites throughout the country to procure them.

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News & Events 
May 09, 2019

Robert (Bob) Zipperlen, CPA joined NDRI in the spring of 2019 as the Vice President of Administration & CFO.

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Apr 02, 2019

Read NDRI's 2019 Research Nexus for an exciting update on programs and initiatives, and learn how NDRI investigators are accelerating scientific discoveries!

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Feb 11, 2019

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has appointed Bill Leinweber, President and CEO of the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), to serve a five-year term as a member of the state’s Organ and Tissue Donation Advisory Committee.

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Sep 28, 2018

Bill Leinweber, President and CEO of National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) admits that NDRI’s work is complicated, because medical research is complex. For nearly 40 years, NDRI has accepted the challenge of meeting increasing demands of the medical research community, who rely on high-quality, healthy, and diseased biospecimens to conduct lifesaving research.

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Aug 20, 2018

“Support from the NIH affirms the strong value of our mission,” said Gene Kopen, PhD, NDRI’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and principal investigator for the HTORR grant. “As an organization, NDRI has demonstrated the capacity to leverage this support to enable a broad range of complex research projects requiring human organs and tissues.”

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Jun 18, 2019 – Jun 21, 2019

NDRI will be exhibiting at AOPO and we will also be announcing the first ever winner of the NDRI  & AOPO Empowering Research and Discovery Award to an OPO that works with us to advance research through donation. 

Jun 23, 2019 – Jun 27, 2019

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