National Disease Research Interchange

Providing human biospecimens to advance biomedical research and development worldwide.

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National Disease Research Interchange

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

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2018 Service to Science Awards Dinner, February 1 at The Union League of Philadelphia

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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 
Nov 12, 2018

 David M. Albert J.D., Director of Strategy, Emerging Business & Venture Capital Group of Cozen O’Connor. Elected on November 2 to a three-year term, Albert will bring his experience and insight to the nation’s leading source of human organs, cells and tissues for research.

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Nov 06, 2018

NDRI’s Board of Directors met on Friday, November 2, 2018 to review and approve the 2017 audited financial statements, filing of Form 990, year-to-date financial and programmatic performance and NDRI’s 2019 Budget. Our executive staff provided the Board with a detailed overview of our many successful projects and partnerships, and included an update on the current status of NIH appropriations.

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Oct 12, 2018

NDRI is very pleased to share that after eight years of advocacy efforts by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program of Philadelphia, lawmakers unanimously passed the Donate Life PA Act (SB 180) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

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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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