May 1, BOCA RATON, FLA – The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB), in cooperation with the City of Boca Raton, is pleased to announce that Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a company saving lives for those suffering from certain blood cancers by matching marrow and stem cell donors with those in need, has officially moved into its new 17,465 sq. ft. global headquarters for Bone Marrow Registry & Collection Center. The company will add 17 new jobs to its existing workforce of 43 and will add the first-of-its-kind apheresis center to Florida at its corporate headquarters located at 5901 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 600 in Boca Raton, Florida.
The Business Development Board assisted the company with ideas on funding, real estate, talent introduction and expedited permitting through the City of Boca Raton. The Business Development Board’s Vice President of Life Sciences also spoke at the Grand Opening celebration for the new facility yesterday.
Previously, donors matching those in need were required to travel out of state for several days to donate. Although the donor’s expenses were covered, many donors were further constrained by family needs, vacation limitations, and other factors, which greatly reduced their ability to travel out of state. By opening the first collection center in Florida, Gift of Life provides an opportunity for local donors to save a life with minimal interruption of their daily routine.
What started as a battle against leukemia for Gift of Life Founder Jay Feinberg, has now transformed into a company that’s facilitated nearly 3,500 transplants and accumulated over 330,000 registered donors. While it services 49 countries, eight collection facilities, and 125 hospital and cancer centers, it has chosen to call Boca Raton home. Bone marrow and blood stem cells transplants may be used to treat or cure many blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, as well as diseases of the bone marrow and inherited immune disorders.
“The new apheresis center will shatter the typical image of a collection facility,” said Jay Feinberg, Gift of Life’s CEO and Founder, himself a 24-year transplant survivor. “The goal is to celebrate the donors and make the process more comfortable.”
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO of the Business Development Board said, “The Gift of Life Marrow Registry’s new apheresis center will greatly increase opportunities for local donors to make a life-saving donation to support those in need around the country.”
About Gift of Life: At Gift of Life we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life — and we are determined to make it happen. We are singularly passionate about engaging the public to help us get everyone involved in curing blood cancer, whether as a donor, a volunteer or a financial supporter. It all begins with one remarkable person, one life-changing swab and one huge win — finding a match and a cure.
About BDB: The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is the official public/private economic development organization for Palm Beach County and Enterprise Florida. Founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit corporation, our primary purpose is to attract and retain new industry, business investment, high quality jobs and workforce development through corporate relocations, expansions and international trade. During the past five years, the BDB has assisted companies that have created more than 12,822 direct jobs with average salaries greater than $69,062, resulting in more than $777 million in capital investment to Palm Beach County and an economic impact that exceeds $6.87 billion. Additional information can be found at the BDB’s web site, BDB.org.