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Sneak preview of Nevada's first tissue processing facility

Posted at 8:25 PM, Nov 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-17 20:59:13-05

On the outside, it looks like a generic office space but inside sits a state-of-the-art tissue processing facility aimed at saving lives.

It is called Origin Biologics.

The business is a partnership between the Nevada Donor Network and Australian Biotechnologies.  It features a number of clean rooms where staff will be able to process bone, tissue, and ligaments from the bodies of organ donors in hopes of saving lives.

"What has happened in the past is you recover tissue and you send it to Virginia or Florida and you don't really know where it is going to go after that, so we have more control over that and we can distribute it through our local surgeons and local hospitals," Simon Keith, the Chief Operating Officer of Nevada Donor Network said.

The group showing Clark County leaders through the facility that features five clean rooms to complete the work. 

Even though company leaders officially cut the ribbon on the business, it will be about a year before any tissue can be processed at the facility because the FDA still has to complete an extensive approval process.