Biostór Ireland is an independent Tissue Establishment, licensed by the Irish Medicines Board under the EU Tissues & Cells Directives throughout the 27 countries of the EU for the storage and distribution of human tissues and cells for human application.
BIOS stores bone marrow, peripheral stem cells and donor lymphocytes for Ireland’s national transplant centre. The company also stores and transports human reproductive cells, clinical trial samples, master cell banks and working cell banks under validated cold-chain distribution processes. BIOS has been audited and approved by several multi- national pharmaceutical companies (e.g. Merck, Allergen) for GMP compliance.
BIOS is expert in the establishment of ISO Quality Systems that comply with the Tissues & Cells Directives (2004/23/EC, 2006/16/EC and 2006/86/EC) that set standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells. BIOS designed, installed, commissioned and validated all critical equipment and installed and qualified the repository’s inventory management and temperature monitoring systems. BIOS specialises in the transport and distribution of human tissue and cells world-wide.
To date, BIOS has participated in two successful EU projects: Eurocord-ed, a vocational training programme focussed on transplant centre and Cord Blood Technology and KHCCBIO, a cooperation project with the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Jordan and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland to build an ISO-accreditable Lung Cancer Bio-bank for the people of Jordan and surrounding countries.
- Peadar MacGabhann is managing director of BIOS. He has a M.Sc. degree in Industrial Microbiology from the National University of Ireland and carried out research at the Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, ETH Switzerland and Kyoto University, Japan. As Director and board member of Schering Plough, Japan, he led the company’s research and Asian business development operations.