Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion
  • Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST)
    Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST)

    BEST Collaborative is an international research organization with a vision to lead the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies toward the best…

  • BEST Membership
    BEST Membership

    The BEST collaborative is a unique free-standing group of over 170 manufacturers, clinicians, and scientists from 22 countries committed to improving transfusion…

  • BEST Meetings
    BEST Meetings

    BEST meetings are held twice per year. and attendance is open to all members. Invited guests may attend with pre-approval of the Chair.

  • Press Releases
    Press Releases

    Official notices regarding significant publications, special events, and member news.

  • Recommended Procedures
    Recommended Procedures

    Several best practice documents are available for download

  • Sponsorship

    Any commercial organization or Blood Service interested in advancing the purpose of BEST may become a supporter of BEST by paying the annual dues amount; providing a…

Latest News

BEST 30th Anniversary Symposium

Symposium Recording Now Available for Viewing

Call for Scott Murphy Memorial Lecture Applications

Applications for April 2022 are being accepted now thru January 17, 2022

Press Release 13 Oct 2021

Award Recipient of 27th Scott Murphy Memorial Award Lectureship Announced

Member News

  • The BEST 30th Anniversary Symposium was held on Zoom on Saturday November 6th, 2021. The Meeting Recording is now available for viewing. You must complete the access form HERE to obtain the password. 
  • Meeting presentations from BEST 62 in Marina del Rey have been posted in the Members area. Recordings will be available at a later date.
  • In the coming weeks, all BEST Members will be receiving a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which will be required annually going forward. Please contact the BEST Executive Office if you have questions.
  • Please be sure to keep your contact information on the website up to date so you can be assured of receiving our email updates.

Fall 2021

30th Anniversary

BEST 30th Anniversary Celebration Symposium

This symposium was held Saturday, 06 November 2021.
Important Details:

  • The meeting recording is now available. You must complete the access form HERE to obtain the password. 
  • Presentation slides are available to BEST Members only, in the Members area of this website.
  • The Symposium highlighted the past, present, and future of BEST and the Transfusion Medicine industry, as well as the 27th Scott Murphy Memorial Award Lecture.


Spring 2022



The Spring 2022 Meeting is planned for Warsaw, Poland 22-23 April 2022.

Important News

  • We plan to hold the meeting in the Hotel Bristol with the BEST Dinner at the Royal Castle
  • Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have no further details at this time.



The Donor Studies Team 

BEST's Donor Safety Team members from Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., Australia, Canada and the U.S. investigate a wide variety of important donor-related issues.  A relatively new team, Donor Studies address issues of donor safety and reaction mitigation, donor demographic trends, donor-related product variability, eligibility criteria and health screening, donor incentives and communications, and differences between volunteer, autologous, directed and replacement donors.  A wide variety of expertise in donor motivation, recruitment, care, and hemovigilance underpins the team's surveys, observational studies, randomized trials, and epidemiologic investigations.

Recent and current studies include:

  • Retrospective case-control study of donor determinants of apheresis platelet quality
  • An international survey of donor demographic trends
  • A review of autologous donor best practices and expected outcomes

With its first dedicated cadre of donor health experts, the Donor Studies Team seeks to liaise with non-BEST experts to define international best practices and identify trends impacting the adequacy of national blood supplies. The Team Leaders for Donor Studies are Marc Germain, MD, FRCP(C), PhD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Hèma-Quèbec and Ralph Vassallo, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Blood Systems, Inc.